Question about 1990 Ford F250

9 Answers

F250 IGNITION My 1990 F250 351W Automatic shuts off when putting into gear or changing gears. If I start and go immediately into gear, it doesn't shut off, but any switching to anything besides N, after it is started, shuts it down. I already tried changing ignition tumblers, no change in symptoms. It has wiring harness for trailer, 12volt braking system. The movement of the key in its rotation to certain spots kills it also.

Posted by on

  • 2 more comments 
  • huddlestonan Jan 31, 2009

    I already tried the ignition switch, it is in my post. Ignition controller on the distributor? People who take cars to the dealership, frankly, aren't the people who try to save money by asking experts online.

  • huddlestonan Jan 31, 2009

    So, the ignition switch is inside the column?

  • huddlestonan Feb 05, 2009

    What is the "rod" inside the column and, again, is the ignition switch inside the column?

  • huddlestonan Feb 11, 2009

    One more thing. The orange gear indicator doesn't move. Just noticed. Have to start and wiggle key to magic position 20 times to not die.

×

9 Answers

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 1,902 Answers

Sounds like this is possibly a bad ignition system problem. Or you can try this, this works alot of the time. Take the truck or tow it to Ford and have them resync the key with your truck. Sometime the key computer and the key in your truck doesnt work. It is about a 75 dollar job make and you will be driving it in about 1 hour or so

Posted on Feb 11, 2009

  • Jeremy Reddick
    Jeremy Reddick Feb 11, 2009

    What I am telling you is that Ford is very well known for the key computer and the computer on the vehicle to not function properly. And it needs to be resynced that is why I am telling you to go there. I own nothing but fords and have had your problem many of times, on different vehicles, go to Ford they resync my key and I am driving away

×

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Sergeant:

    An expert that has over 500 points.

    Champion:

    An expert who has answered 200 questions.

  • Expert
  • 435 Answers

The problem might be w/ the ignition key. Try using a new/ unused key.
if it doesnt work, may be the problem is with the ignition switch.

Posted on Feb 05, 2009

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 2,559 Answers

The neutral safety switch on the side of the transmission is bad.

Posted on Feb 05, 2009

  • Randy Hough
    Randy Hough Feb 12, 2009

    It would probably be cheaper and faster just to get a steering column from a local parts yard and switch the whole thing out.If I remember right,it's only 5 bolts and some wire connections.

×

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Superstar:

    An expert that got 20 achievements.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Ford Master
  • 19,396 Answers

I dont think this is related to ignition, since it happens when you use higher gears.

Test TPS and MAF, have the ECU scanned using a code reader and return us the codes, you can have this done at any garage.

Posted on Feb 01, 2009

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Superstar:

    An expert that got 20 achievements.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Master
  • 11,896 Answers

You have a short in your ignition. I would suggest replacing the entire ignition (are where the key goes) Have seen this before. You can get one at a junkyard for cheap, but then you will have a key for door and seperate one for ignition. Or go to the dealer and pay big bucks for new one.

Posted on Jan 31, 2009

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Jan 31, 2009

    slight possbility it may be your coverter or tranny. I still say to replace ignition first, but may be your coverter

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Feb 26, 2009

    sounds like a problem with the linkeage rod from ignition to box.

×

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Master
  • 410 Answers

I am by no means a car mehanic so take this for what its worth, but I had a similar problem on an 92 f150. I did the same things you did and it didnt work.  what i ended up finding on mine is there is a wring switch further down the column that the rod from the ignition switch runs to that had broken and was causing this problem. its about half way down inside the column plastic and has a bunch of wires running to it. this is atually adjustable to make sure it is in correct position to keep your engine running.
You may have already addressed this and like I said I'm not a car mechanic but this was my expereince. good luck Peyton

Posted on Jan 31, 2009

  • peyton thompson
    peyton thompson Jan 31, 2009

    the switch that i had problem with was inside the column. there are 2 screws in the plastic part of the column and I had to actually unbolt the column from the underneath the dash and let it kinda lay down in the seat in order to reach the switch.to help you find it there is a rod that runs from the key switch down to the switch I'm talking about.


    I hope I'm helping you and not leading you on a wild goose chase. thx peyton

×

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 1,011 Answers

It sounds like a wiring problem in the dash most likely the wiring part of the ignition switch.the switch has many wires going to it it is located on top of steering column.thank for your question!

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

  • mike loshbough
    mike loshbough Feb 01, 2009

    NO YOU PUT TUMBLES A KEY AND METAL SWITCH PLEASE READ ANSWERS ON STEERING COLUMN.PLASTIC SWITCH!!

  • mike loshbough
    mike loshbough Feb 01, 2009

    EVERY BODY WHO ANSWERED THIS QUESTION IS RIGHT!

×

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 1,990 Answers

Welcome to Fixya! This sounds like a Faulty Ignition Switch. Could even be a Problem with the Computer But, Sounds more like the Ignition. You can get a New Ignition from the Dealership. Please Rate My Response! Thanks!

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

  • Travis Humphries
    Travis Humphries Jan 31, 2009

    Check on the Side of the Tranny for a Shift Control Box. This could be Causing your Problem. It should just Disconnect with a Few Screws and Disconnect the Wiring Harness.

×

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Top Expert:

    An expert who has finished #1 on the weekly Top 10 Fixya Experts Leaderboard.

    Superstar:

    An expert that got 20 achievements.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

  • Ford Master
  • 60,769 Answers

THE IGNITION SWITCH IS AT THE BASE OF THE STEERING COLUMN ON THE OUTSIDE TOP OF TUBE, IT IS ACTUATED BY A ROD THAT RUNS ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE COLUMN FROM THE IGNITION LOCK CYLINDER, THE COLUMN IS HELD UP BY 2 15MM NUTS ON STUD'S, REMOVE THE NUTS AND THE LOWER TRIM PANEL AND THE COLUMN WILL DROP DOWN AND THE SWITCH IS THEN A PIECE OF CAKE TO CHANGE.

Posted on Feb 05, 2009

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

2 Answers

Why does my 1989 ford f250 idle and then do a complete shut down and drain the battery when put in gear ?


check the control module on the fender well had same problem replace the module they do fail

Mar 26, 2016 | Ford Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

1989 ford f250 truck will idle but shuts down,not stalls, when put in gear.


I have run into this before and it was the MLP sensor on the transmission. Manual Level Position Sensor.

Mar 26, 2016 | 1989 Ford F 250

1 Answer

2000bmw323i shuts down when put in gear.


Automatic tranny? Check the neutral safety switch that only allows you to turn engine on when car is in neutral. If that switch/relay is malfunctioning it could turn off the ignition when you put gearshift into gear.

Oct 13, 2015 | 2000 BMW 323i

1 Answer

Ssangyong Kyron 2007 shuts down when driving


run fault codes and look for a problem with the TCM ( possible reading and engine over speed which shuts the engine down)and it should re-engage gears immediately upon reselection

Feb 09, 2014 | 2007 SsangYong Kyron 2.0D

1 Answer

My forester when on reverse the engine shuts down


Is your Subaru automatic transmission or manual? If it is Automatic Gear box one possibility is the bands inside the gear box stay slight close causing the move stiff.It is Like the Handbrake activation. If this is the cause,please try to see you mechanic and ask for his help and advise,and do not try to do anything on your own. The other possibility is the handbrake itself,even you put it down might the cable do not release the handbrake shoes inside the drums and move stiff and as your reverse speed is low cuts out immediately.

May 24, 2013 | 2004 Subaru Forester

1 Answer

Why wont my truck turn off when I turn the key?


either the electical ignition switch has a BROKEN sliding track to move the contacts to the shut off mode or the sector gear at the rear of the key lock has stripped its gears. If the key turns easier than it use to the sector gear is at fault

Apr 10, 2010 | 1995 Ford F250

Not finding what you are looking for?
1990 Ford F250 Logo

Related Topics:

33 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Ford Experts

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

60769 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

21949 Answers

Fordexpert

Level 3 Expert

5331 Answers

Are you a Ford Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...