Question about 2003 Ford Explorer
My ford ingition switch would not turn this morning. I wiggled it and still nothing. Then I remembered there was a switch on the steering collum. I looked under the dash and did not see what I thought I would see there. As I was under there I was wiggling the key, moved some wires thinking it could be eletronic and BAM the ignition switch turned on. Right now it is working. What was it that I did to make this work again?
There is an Interlock system that connects the Brake pedal switch, trans shifter, and Ignition key. The Brake pedal switch gets a lot of abuse because the Drivers' feet often hit it under the dash.
When you get a malfunction such as this, look and see if the Brake lights work when you push the pedal. The Ignition switch casing is often adjustable with slide slots on the housing to "time" the unit.
There are variations in the steering column on whether a rod or cable is used to link the Ignition switch to the bottom of the column. Quite possibly the brake switch on the top of the Brake pedal lever is cracked or not firmly in its holder. The signal from the Brake switch releases the Ignition key allowing it to turn.
You may have stretched the shift linkage in forcing the parts to move when they were not released. But check your wires for chaffing and if you have "tilt" and the vehicle fails to work, try a different "tilt" position.
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Posted on Dec 01, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
the ignition switch is located under the dash at the bottom of the steering column.suspect a fault in the linkage connecting tumbler to switch.
Posted on Oct 15, 2009
SOURCE: gear shift lever was replaced
does it have a shift lock if so its normally dissengaged by pressing the brake pedal there should also be a release button on the shift lever or located under the consul there should be an acess hole if the switch on the brake pedal is faulty it will not allow u to shift out of park the shift lever can be the cause of the key not comming out if park possition is not selected properly
Posted on Apr 17, 2011
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