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1984 ford f150 ignition switc/ actuator rod. For years now I have been using a pair of pliers to start my truck, I roll the key forward to disengage the steering wheel lock, then push the actuator rod forward to start, just like key should. This has worked fine for the past 3 years or so until the other day when the actuator rod fell out. I was able to reinstall the rod back into the switch however its only good for 2 or3 starts before falling out. Because it is such a pain to take apart and put back together. I am wondering is there any way to by pass the rod completely? If so how is this done? I've seen push buttons but they still require you to roll the key forward to the start position and back off to shut down. Is there any way I can use a button /switch combo? If so how? Thank you in advance for your help in this manner.

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Yea, you'll still need your key to unlock the steering wheel. Just get a properly rated DPDT (double pole double throw) switch that is "on-off-on" from radio shack or somewhere similar, as we'll as a momentary switch/push button to actuate the solenoid. Make one position on the DPDT your accessory position and the other your run position. Make sure it's in the run position when you go to start it. Again, you will need the key to unlock the column and possibly your shifter. Look up diagrams to figure out which wires you will need to have on the switch. It'll take a little engineering on your part, but if you know your wires, you can do it. Best of luck!

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I had almost the identical problem on my 2005 F150 FX4 Extended cab last weekend. The power door locks would not lock using the keypad, remotes, or door buttons. Almost all other functions worked correctly. The doors unlocked, the radio delay functioned, and the interior lights dimmed. When I used the remote the horn would beep twice indicating that a door was open even there was no message on the message center that a door was open. When I used the keypad or remote, I could hear a soft click from behind the seat. I think it was coming from the body security module or body security module - whatever Ford is calling it this year. I pulled the fuse for the Power Door Locks(BSM). As I removed it, I heard a soft click - sort of like a relay resetting. It may have come from the VSM/BSM. It may have possibly been a stuck actuator releasing. I don't think so. It wasn't that load. In any case, everything is functioning correctly now.

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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.

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My 1991 Lexus LS 400 does something similar. When the alarm goes off I use the key to unlock the passenger side front door and it turns the alarm off. Go figure, I know it sounds funny but it solves the problem for me.

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