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My 88 f 150 wont start

The key is stuck in the ignition. But finally the inevatable has occured the ignition on the steering colum spins freely with no engine turn over. This 2wd 302FI AOD has over 300k miles & is my trusted work truck that my dad bought new. The engine is original, heads have never been off

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Try turning the wheel side to side..sometimes the steering column locks and holds your key hostage..

I love old much better than the new **** they make..Don't throw this truck out..just hotwire it and don't waste your time fixing it..If you help with anything on it go here for the chiltons manual for that truck.

I have a great book on the f-150 if your into them. It's just about their history nothing on how to fix it..

Well good luck and I hope you fix it.

Posted on Jan 19, 2009


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