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I need to replace the ignition actuator rod on a 1985 dodge b250

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Posted on Jun 28, 2009

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there is a pin in the rod that normally breaks, if you unbolt the ignition switch from the bottom of the column you will be able manually move the switch,

Posted on Jul 22, 2009

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SOURCE: ignition actuator rack broke from acuator rod

Yes unless the rack has been broken also, most parts stores carry them. Just turn your key and see if it moves or not. The out side shell of a colloum is mainly for looks.

Posted on Aug 28, 2009

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SOURCE: 1994 Chevrolet Silverado. the ignition actuator

its out of position. why is it out of position. why are you trying to replace the switch. need some history.

Posted on Sep 18, 2009

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