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Replaced ignition switch

The rod that comes of the end of the ignition switch broke one morning when I was trying to start my 1991 F-150. I was able to get the broken piece out, but when I replaced the switch and reconnected the battery, it's as if the key is in the "on" position and turning the key will not turn the vehicle off or start it. How do I turn the pieces in the steering column "backwards" to realign the ignition system with the ignition switch?

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  • bshigihara Dec 19, 2008

    I understand that much, what I don't know is how to align it with the key out.



    Maybe I just misunderstand your answer, do I need to align it with the key out or the switch out?

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You have to align it with the key out then adjust the switch on steering column

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