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F 150 91 ignition actuator

Im down to tilt wheel mecnisume how do i seperate tilt and reline key mecnisame together

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You must take a screwdriver and push down on the tilt locking arm at the bottom of the column and lift up at the same time unlocking the teeth.

Posted on Dec 07, 2008

  • did you take out the tilt pins on each side of the column you need the right tool

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What is the procedure to changing an keyed ignition lock?


Hi there,

Removal

Disconnect the negative battery cable with the proper size wrench and place away from the battery.
Insert the key into the ignition lock cylinder and turn the key to the run position.
Remove the steering column cover on a tilt steering wheel model by pressing the upper and lower section of the cover together and pulling free from the mounting plate. Remove the steering column covers on a non tilt steering wheel model by using a Philips screwdriver and unscrewing the mounting screws.
Disconnect the electrical connector from the ignition switch by lifting up on the release tab and pulling.
Press the ignition switch actuator pin by pushing a small screw driver into the key lock cylinder, while doing this pull the ignition switch out of the ignition switch housing.

Installation

Insert the new key into the new ignition switch and turn the key to the run position. Insert the new ignition switch into the ignition switch housing. Wiggle the switch back and forth until the actuator pin mounting hole is aligned and falls into place.
Install the electrical connector back into the connector housing by pressing it in with your hands.
Place the steering column covers back onto the non tilt steering wheel and insert mounting screws. Tighten screws using a Philips screwdriver. Place the steering column covers over the tilt steering wheel and press the upper and lower portion together to snap covers back into the mounting plate.
Pull on the ignition key to ensure switch is locked into place. Turn key to the "off" position and remove the key. Insert the key and start the vehicle.

Hope these help.

Jan 28, 2011 | 1992 Ford Crown Victoria

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I can't get the rod that connects the key lock and door latch in the right position to work correctly.


  • Disconnect the negative battery cable with the proper size wrench and place away from the battery.

    Insert the key into the ignition lock cylinder and turn the key to the run position.
  • 2 Remove the steering column cover on a tilt steering wheel model by pressing the upper and lower section of the cover together and pulling free from the mounting plate. Remove the steering column covers on a non tilt steering wheel model by using a Philips screwdriver and unscrewing the mounting screws.
  • 3 Disconnect the electrical connector from the ignition switch by lifting up on the release tab and pulling.

    Press the ignition switch actuator pin by pushing a small screw driver into the key lock cylinder, while doing this pull the ignition switch out of the ignition switch housing.
  • Installation
  • 1 Insert the new key into the new ignition switch and turn the key to the run position. Insert the new ignition switch into the ignition switch housing. Wiggle the switch back and forth until the actuator pin mounting hole is aligned and falls into place.
  • 2 Install the electrical connector back into the connector housing by pressing it in with your hands.
  • 3 Place the steering column covers back onto the non tilt steering wheel and insert mounting screws. Tighten screws using a Philips screwdriver. Place the steering column covers over the tilt steering wheel and press the upper and lower portion together to snap covers back into the mounting plate.
  • 4 Pull on the ignition key to ensure switch is locked into place. Turn key to the "off" position and remove the key. Insert the key and start the vehicle.


  • hope this helps you

    Dec 21, 2010 | Ford F-350 Cars & Trucks

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    Ignition switch actuator arm repair


    these are tricky i have done this several times on the same make and model it sounds like the linkage has slipped out of the actuator in the column

    Mar 16, 2010 | 1995 Ford F150 Styleside Regular Cab

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    I have a 1988 f-350 diesel and i have lost my key and bought it without a spare how do i remove the ingnition with out a key


    Non-Functioning Cylinder or No Key Available
    FIXED COLUMNS
    1. Disconnect the battery ground.
    2. Remove the steering wheel
      .
    3. Remove the turn signal lever.
    4. Remove the column trim shrouds.
    5. Unbolt the steering column and lower it carefully.
    6. Remove the ignition switch
      and warning buzzer and pin the switch in the LOCK position.
    7. Remove the turn signal switch.
    8. Remove the snap ring and T-bolt nuts that retain the flange casting to the column outer tube.
    9. Remove the flange casting, upper shaft bearing, lock cylinder, ignition switch actuator and the actuator rod by pulling the entire assembly over the end of the steering column shaft.
    10. Remove the lock actuator insert, the T-bolts and the automatic transmission indicator insert, or, with manual transmissions, the key release lever.
    11. Upon reassembly, the following parts must be replaced with new parts:
    • Flange
    • Lock cylinder assembly
    • Steering column lock gear
    • Steering column lock bearing
    • Steering column upper bearing retainer
    • Lock actuator assembly
      Assembly is a reversal of the disassembly procedure. It is best to install a new upper bearing. Check that the truck starts only in PARK and NEUTRAL
    TILT COLUMN
    1. Disconnect the battery ground.
    2. Remove the steering column shrouds.
    3. Using masking tape, tape the gap between the steering wheel hub and the cover casting. Cover the entire circumference of the casting. Cover the seat and floor area with a drop-cloth.
    4. Pull out the hazard switch and tape it in a downward position.
    5. The lock cylinder retaining pin is located on the outside of the steering column cover casting adjacent to the hazard flasher button.
    6. Tilt the steering column to the full up position and pre-punch the lock cylinder retaining pin with a sharp punch.
    7. Using a 1/8in. (3mm) drill bit, mounted in a right angle drive drill adapter, drill out the retaining pin, going no deeper than 1/2 in. (13mm).
    8. Tilt the column to the full down position. Place a chisel at the base of the ignition lock cylinder cap and using a hammer break away the cap from the lock cylinder.
    9. Using a 3/8in. (10mm) drill bit, drill down the center of the ignition lock cylinder key slot about 13/4 in. (44mm), until the lock cylinder breaks loose from the steering column cover casting.

    Feb 09, 2010 | 1988 Ford F 350

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    How to remove key unit from steering column 1986 F150 Ford


    COUTESY OF EXPERT "C17HYDRO"
    With Key
    1. Disconnect the battery ground.
    2. On tilt columns, remove the upper extension shroud by unsnapping the shroud from the retaining clip at the 9 o'clock position.
    3. Remove the trim shroud halves.
    4. Unplug the wire connector at the key warning switch.
    5. Place the shift lever in PARK and turn the key to ON.
    6. Place a 1/8 in. wire pin in the hole in the casting surrounding the lock cylinder and depress the retaining pin while pulling out on the cylinder.
    7. When installing the cylinder, turn the lock cylinder to the RUN position and depress the retaining pin, then insert the lock cylinder into its housing in the flange casting. Assure that the cylinder is fully seated and aligned in the interlocking washer before turning the key to the OFF position. This will allow the cylinder retaining pin to extend into the cylinder cast housing hole.
    8. The remainder of installation is the reverse of removal.

    This section is for a NON-TILT with no key or non-functioning cylinder:
    Fixed Columns
    1. Disconnect the battery ground.
    2. Remove the steering wheel.
    3. Remove the turn signal lever.
    4. Remove the column trim shrouds.
    5. Unbolt the steering column and lower it carefully.
    6. Remove the ignition switch and warning buzzer and pin the switch in the LOCK position.
    7. Remove the turn signal switch.
    8. Remove the snapring and T-bolt nuts that retain the flange casting to the column outer tube.
    9. Remove the flange casting, upper shaft bearing, lock cylinder, ignition switch actuator and the actuator rod by pulling the entire assembly over the end of the steering column shaft.
    10. Remove the lock actuator insert, the T-bolts and the automatic transmission indicator insert, or, with manual transmissions, the key release lever.
    11. Upon reassembly, the following parts must be replaced with new parts:
      • Flange
      • Lock cylinder assembly
      • Steering column lock gear
      • Steering column lock bearing
      • Steering column upper bearing retainer
      • Lock actuator assembly
    1. Assembly is a reversal of the disassembly procedure. It is best to install a new upper bearing. Check that the vehicle starts only in PARK and NEUTRAL.

    This section is for TILT and no key or non-functioning cylinder:

    Tilt Columns
    1. Disconnect the battery ground.
    2. Remove the steering column shrouds.
    3. Using masking tape, tape the gap between the steering wheel hub and the cover casting. Cover the entire circumference of the casting. Cover the seat and floor area with a drop-cloth.
    4. Pull out the hazard switch and tape it in a downward position.
    5. The lock cylinder retaining pin is located on the outside of the steering column cover casting adjacent to the hazard flasher button.
    6. Tilt the steering column to the full up position and prepunch the lock cylinder retaining pin with a sharp punch.
    7. Using a 1/8 in. drill bit, mounted in a right angle drive drill adapter, drill out the retaining pin, going no deeper than 1/2 in. (12.7mm).
    8. Tilt the column to the full down position. Place a chisel at the base of the ignition lock cylinder cap and using a hammer break away the cap from the lock cylinder.
    9. Using a 3/8 in. drill bit, drill down the center of the ignition lock cylinder key slot about 13/4 in. (44mm), until the lock cylinder breaks loose from the steering column cover casting.
    10. Remove the lock cylinder and the drill shavings.
    11. Remove the steering wheel.
    12. Remove the turn signal lever.
    13. Remove the turn signal switch attaching screws.
    14. Remove the key buzzer attaching screw.
    15. Remove the turn signal switch up and over the end of the column, but don't disconnect the wiring.
    16. Remove the 4 attaching screws from the cover casting and lift the casting over the end of the steering shaft, allowing the turn signal switch to pass through the casting. The removal of the casting cover will expose the upper actuator. Remove the upper actuator.
    17. Remove the drive gear, snapring and washer from the cover casting along with the upper actuator.
    18. Clean all components and replace any that appear damaged or worn.
    19. Installation is the reverse of removal. Check for proper operation.

    Nov 23, 2009 | 1986 Ford F150 SuperCab

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    How to replace ignition lock cylinder on 1984 Ford F-150 pickup?


    With Key
    1. Disconnect the battery ground.
    2. On tilt columns, remove the upper extension shroud by unsnapping the shroud from the retaining clip at the 9 o'clock position.
    3. Remove the trim shroud halves.
    4. Unplug the wire connector at the key warning switch.
    5. Place the shift lever in PARK and turn the key to ON.
    6. Place a 1/8 in. wire pin in the hole in the casting surrounding the lock cylinder and depress the retaining pin while pulling out on the cylinder.
    7. When installing the cylinder, turn the lock cylinder to the RUN position and depress the retaining pin, then insert the lock cylinder into its housing in the flange casting. Assure that the cylinder is fully seated and aligned in the interlocking washer before turning the key to the OFF position. This will allow the cylinder retaining pin to extend into the cylinder cast housing hole.
    8. The remainder of installation is the reverse of removal.

    This section is for a NON-TILT with no key or non-functioning cylinder:
    Fixed Columns
    1. Disconnect the battery ground.
    2. Remove the steering wheel.
    3. Remove the turn signal lever.
    4. Remove the column trim shrouds.
    5. Unbolt the steering column and lower it carefully.
    6. Remove the ignition switch and warning buzzer and pin the switch in the LOCK position.
    7. Remove the turn signal switch.
    8. Remove the snapring and T-bolt nuts that retain the flange casting to the column outer tube.
    9. Remove the flange casting, upper shaft bearing, lock cylinder, ignition switch actuator and the actuator rod by pulling the entire assembly over the end of the steering column shaft.
    10. Remove the lock actuator insert, the T-bolts and the automatic transmission indicator insert, or, with manual transmissions, the key release lever.
    11. Upon reassembly, the following parts must be replaced with new parts:
      • Flange
      • Lock cylinder assembly
      • Steering column lock gear
      • Steering column lock bearing
      • Steering column upper bearing retainer
      • Lock actuator assembly
    1. Assembly is a reversal of the disassembly procedure. It is best to install a new upper bearing. Check that the vehicle starts only in PARK and NEUTRAL.

    This section is for TILT and no key or non-functioning cylinder:

    Tilt Columns
    1. Disconnect the battery ground.
    2. Remove the steering column shrouds.
    3. Using masking tape, tape the gap between the steering wheel hub and the cover casting. Cover the entire circumference of the casting. Cover the seat and floor area with a drop-cloth.
    4. Pull out the hazard switch and tape it in a downward position.
    5. The lock cylinder retaining pin is located on the outside of the steering column cover casting adjacent to the hazard flasher button.
    6. Tilt the steering column to the full up position and prepunch the lock cylinder retaining pin with a sharp punch.
    7. Using a 1/8 in. drill bit, mounted in a right angle drive drill adapter, drill out the retaining pin, going no deeper than 1/2 in. (12.7mm).
    8. Tilt the column to the full down position. Place a chisel at the base of the ignition lock cylinder cap and using a hammer break away the cap from the lock cylinder.
    9. Using a 3/8 in. drill bit, drill down the center of the ignition lock cylinder key slot about 13/4 in. (44mm), until the lock cylinder breaks loose from the steering column cover casting.
    10. Remove the lock cylinder and the drill shavings.
    11. Remove the steering wheel.
    12. Remove the turn signal lever.
    13. Remove the turn signal switch attaching screws.
    14. Remove the key buzzer attaching screw.
    15. Remove the turn signal switch up and over the end of the column, but don't disconnect the wiring.
    16. Remove the 4 attaching screws from the cover casting and lift the casting over the end of the steering shaft, allowing the turn signal switch to pass through the casting. The removal of the casting cover will expose the upper actuator. Remove the upper actuator.
    17. Remove the drive gear, snapring and washer from the cover casting along with the upper actuator.
    18. Clean all components and replace any that appear damaged or worn.
    19. Installation is the reverse of removal. Check for proper operation.

    Oct 13, 2009 | 1984 Ford F 150

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    1985 ford F150: Turned key to start my truck, and felt something go "crunch". I removed the steering wheel and the lock mechanism in the steering column. All looks fine. Do you have any idea what could...


    It may be the 'actuator'. It is a rod that connects the lock cylinder to the ignition switch on the tilt wheel units. It is made of aluminum and often breaks as things become worn.

    Jun 23, 2009 | Ford F-150 Cars & Trucks

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    1992 Ford F-150 Ignition lock switch


    Do you have a tilt wheel? If so you're only half the way there. The upper actuator is broken. And you got to get into the column further. As for the trick to get the cylinder in. Don't matter if you got a tilt or fixed wheel. Go to the top side of the column. About 2/3 the way down it you'll find the Ign Switch. A rod will be coming out of the top going towards the wheel area. Push it into the switch till the inst panel lights come on. That means that the Ign switch is in the 'ON' sopition. IE all the dash panel lights come on. There is a key on the tumbler that matches to a key in the ign gear. Than just incert the tumbler into the gear and turn it to lock it in.
    If you got a non-tilt wheel then it sounds like the bottom of the tumbler is broken off and is still in the gear. If so do the same as above with the Ign Switch. That will align the key so you can take the broken part out and put the new Ign tumbler in.

    Oct 07, 2008 | 1992 Ford F150 SuperCab

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    1988 bronco ignition actuator broke. Pulled steering wheel,upper collar & electronics. Need to remove tilt portion (bell). How do i do this? Are there any special tools or replacement parts other...


    Here is an amazing photo manual of the steering column tear-down to fix actuator on an 85 Bronco. It looks like a big job, though, which is unfortunate because the actuator on my 89 just snapped last week.

    Jul 27, 2008 | 1985 Ford Bronco

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    Steering hard


    Hi,

    This is the most common problem with this type of steering column and it becomes loose by using the steering wheel to get in and out of the car. The answer here is general and there will be some slight differences as it pertains to your car.
    I have been asked where to get a good blow up drawing of the column and the problem is that even the service manuals don't tell you all you need to know.
    You will need to purchase or rent at a parts store a steering wheel puller. A lock plate compression tool and a pivot pin removal tool.

    Good luck!

    I don't know of a good blow up. Commonly factory service manuals will have you take apart things that are not supposed to come apart. The bearings are most likely not the problem but the 4 yoke bolts are. They commonly come loose by grabbing the steering wheel to get in.
    Remove the horn pad (7 mm or 9/32 either will work on the back of the steering wheel. Push downward on cancel cam tower and turn counter clockwise. The horn wire is now disconnected. Remove 13/16 steering wheel nut. Index marks may be hard to see. Take a screwdriver and put on upper shaft and tap. Put adjoining mark on wheel if these factory marks can't be seen. It is for reassembly and so that the steering wheel is put on the way it was taken off. Never use a hammer on the upper shaft to remove steering wheel!Install puller using 2(2) 5/16x 16 x 3 bolts. Draw the wheel off. Install rented lock plate removal tool. Note the position for reassembly. Compress lock plate down and remove snap ring by holding one side with a flat blade screwdriver. Insert an ice pick awl at the ring opening and bring upward. Remove lock plate. Take note for reassembly that lock plate only fits one way om the splines. There is a matching broach (Tooth missing on lock plate and spline missing on shaft. Pull off cancel cam and upper shaft spring. Take a small Phillips and push in on the 4 way flasher and unscrew. Hold together while unscrewing so it does not fall apart on you. Take a Phillips and remove the turn signal screws and the turn signal pivot. Pay attention to how this pivot slides in the groove of the wiper switch.

    Here comes the fun part____


    Remove the screws from the panel under the steering column.--- The shift bowl is located where you shift the transmission. Below the bowl leading under the dash is the lower shift bowl shroud. On the passenger side of the shift bowl under the dash will be a clip and string. Remove the clip by pulling it off the lower bowl shroud. You are doing this so you don't wreck the PRNDL.
    Under the dash remove the (2) 9/16 nuts that hold the steering column bracket on. Remove the (4)1/2" bolts that hold the bracket to the column. Underneath the dash on the passenger side of the steering column will be a plastic sleeve holding the wiring. Pull away from column and the downward. Don't worry about the gray thin shroud. That's just for the cruise wire which when putting back together can be installed in the main black plastic shroud.
    Push upward on turn signal wiring from its column bracket. You may no have to disconnect any wiring. Go back to top of steering column. Remove (3) #2 Phillips screws. Make sure keys are not in ignition lock. Take hook tool and grab edge of key buzzer and pull upward. Steel retainer spring will fall out for key buzzer when you remove upper cover. Watch for it. Its about an inch long, doubled up piece of black spring steel. Set to side when you get that far. Next remove the ignition lock cylinder by inserting a screwdriver into the clip at the rear of the lock inside the steering column. Pull lock out. Pull upper cover upward and let hang by wiring. You will find at the tilt lever there is another part to the upper cover. Look for a piece of white plastic with a circular end that slides on the inside of the cover (left side). This is called the high beam actuator. Leave the tilt lever and end cap attached. Tilt the bearing housing to full upward tilt. Insert a Phillips into the square hole in the tilt spring retainer cap. Push down and turn counter clockwise. Grab spring and retainer and remove.
    Insert pivot pin tool on passenger side of column. Now, once you have screwed the tool into the pivot pin, do not over tighten. Hold the screw head with 3/8 wrench. Use ½ open end to draw nut down. If it seems like the pin is seized tilt the column up and down a couple of times. Usually there is not a problem, but trust me, you don't want to break the puller off in the pivot pin. Repeat on left side. Hold your foot on the brake. Pull on tilt lever while with tilting in upward position, go a little left and remove housing. The ignition actuator rod will become disconnected with the rack. The rack has a loop on one end and teeth on the other. Set it to the side. Do not let the upper shaft fall downward. It could fall off or the little shaft inside could fall out. You will see (4) inverted torx bolts. Some people will remove one at a time and install locktite. I have never done this and have never had one come back. Its up to you. If you intend to use the steering wheel for getting in and out of the car you may want to use locktite.
    Now, you do not need a special socket here. Use a ¼ nut driver with both hands and tighten. Then use a vice grips, wrench, whatever you can to tighten these bolts. They are tight enough when the socket starts to slip. Do not tighten any tighter than this. To install the rack insert a screwdriver into the slot of the geared sector on the left side of the bearing housing. Rotate sector far enough where you can slide the rack in. You need to line up the big tooth in the sector to the big tooth opening in the rack. Once this is done pull the spring towards you either with your fingers or needle nose and insert spring into slot on sector. Take the ignition actuator rod on the left side of the column and pull until dash lights come on. Make sure it is set into the groove. Grab the bearing housing with both hands. As you are getting close to the steering column you need to take the loop from the rack and put it over the end of the ignition actuator rod. The high beam actuator rod that is bent outward goes through the big hole on the left and let it just hang. Once looped around pull on tilt lever and install bearing housing slightly tilting up and down once attached. Insert pivot pin. Insert other pivot pin. Insert bearing race, retainer and spring on upper shaft. Hold the spring downward with one hand and tilt the column up and down with other hand. This helps center the race and it also checks the tilt. Next, take a needle nose and turn lock shaft on right side of bearing housing. Engine should start. Put shaft in lock position. Hold the spring on the upper shaft while tapping on pivot pins till flush. Put in full upper tilt and install tilt spring. Push downward and push cap with screwdriver downward and turn clock wise till seated.
    Under dash on driver's side of column you will see high beam switch. The rod fits in the center of this switch. Back at the column to make sure the high beams work, push on the rod. You will hear a clicking. Take the high beam actuator and insert it into the groove in the cover. Make sure circular end is facing towards the lever. You need to slide this actuator all the way forward. When looking down the rounded end should be facing downward towards the floor. You will see where this cover rests on the bearing housing. Hold cover up against housing by the tilt lever. With the other hand insert the upper cover back on the column. As you are doing all this pull on the wiring from under column. Line up lock pin in cover. Take an awl to line up high beam actuator with cover. Cover will lie down on column once lined up. Hold cover downward and pull back towards you the turn signal lever to make sure high beam switch works. Pull wires at bottom of column gently accept for turn signal. Inert three # 50 torx. Insert ignition lock cylinder and retaining screw. Take awl and push button up from lock cylinder from key buzzer hole. Insert key buzzer spring to key buzzer. Squeeze and insert into hole and push down. Install turn signal switch and pull wires at bottom of column gently where turn signal switch lines up. Insert three screws. Line up ball from turn signal pivot into wiper switch groove, line up with t/s hole and insert screw. This screw has a wide head.
    Install 4 way flasher. Install cancel cam as you marked it for disassembly. Install lock plate. Wheel has to be lined up with the index marks. Install. Insert horn wire into cancel cam tower and press down on cap and turn clockwise. Install horn pad. Under dash install plastic wiring shroud. Reinstall t/s connector on column. Install bracket. Attach steering column to dash. Hold the brake. Put trans in neutral. Pull on string and install clip so PRNDL says neutral. Put trans in PARK. Start engine. Check PRNDL when putting in drive. You may have to adjust clip's position to get this lined up. Install lower dash.


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