Question about 1995 Ford Taurus
I had the same problem on a 1993 Taurus. The problem for me was the linkage that connects the ignition cylinder to the ignition switch. The linkage is two pieces of plastic connected by a metal pin (The reason for the two pieces is the tilt steering). Well as the plastic gets old, the metal pin falls out. You need to replace that piece of plastic. Unfortunately, it is a challenging job to take care of it. You will end up removing the sterering column from the car in order to replace it. In a nutshell, here are the steps.
Remove the steering wheel (please take the appropriate precautions with the airbag)
Remove the ignition cylinder
Remove all of the plastic surrounding the steering column
Disconnect all of the electical connections to the steering column
Remove the bracing support under the steering column
Remove the steering column
Remove the top part of the steering column from the main part (The part that tilts)
You should now see the white plastic actuator. The top part if inside the column above the ignition cylinder and is moved by the gear on the end of the cylinder. Anyway, remove it and replace it.
Put everything back together.
It will take a couple iterations of positioning the actuator to get it and the ignition cylinder in the right spot.
The part you have to replace costs about 15 dollars. It took me about 8 hours to complete the job. Part of that is because I got hung up on removing the top part of the steering column. I wasn't sure if that was the right thing to do. Also, I had to take it back apart again because I let the steering column rotate to 180 degrees off which caused the steering column lock to not disengage when the key was turned.
Posted on Jan 25, 2009
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