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98 ranger locked in park,ignition key won''t turn to start

If the truck is in neutral, the key will turn and start. but if it goes over into park ,it locks up and the ignition won't turn on.

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There is a harness that feeds the ignition remove your steering wheel cover and you will see about a dozen wires going into a clip that is attached to the back of the steering wheel , those wires give way and are not making contact reach in to the back and pull the harness forward and then try and push each wire back into the clip try this and see if it works it solved my problem basicly it is just a loose wire in the harness,,

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Before pulling wires out of you column, make sure battery connection is good and charged. The lock that keeps key in ignition while car is not in park MUST be energized because it is an electromagnet and will not unlock from the on position until 12 volts pass through the gear shift and determines it to be in the park position. Then the switch allows power to flow to the key locking mechanism near the ignition which will allow the key to be rotated and removed. There is possibly a problem between the park sensor, the locking mechanism in the column near the ignition, or the relay in between the two. I had one that wouldn't come out of the ignition, start, come out of gear, or supply power to any accessory. Loose battery connection. Worst part?...I asked my girlfriends ex boyfriend for advice while he came to get his son from my home. My ******* had a loose battery connection. Fml. Truck runs tho

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