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1990 f150 broken tumbler

I tried to turn off my truck and the key just turned freely for about 180 degrees. So i put it in 5th and killed it. I realized it was still on so i removed the battery cable. The tumbler appears to be in the wrong position to ''pop it out'' and i cant figure out how to move it so that i can. Barring being able to some how get around this problem, will a locksmith be able to do it?

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  • ericeric Feb 11, 2009

    I did what you said chuck. Only the tumbler still could not be removed. However, upon tilting the steering wheel all the way down i noticed the linkage( sort of C shaped and parallel in position to that of the steering wheel.) between the end of the tumbler and where the rod travels a straight path down the column to the switch had sheared. Now, what do i call that part? How do i get to it?

    PS. In the mean time i can turn my truck on and off by leveraging the rod with a screwdriver. : )


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Remove the plastic trim around the bottom of steering column and look at the bottom where lock cylinder goes in and you will see a small hole there. Turn the lock cylinder to where the on postion is then stick a small pic or screw driver in the hole to push the release pin on lock cylinder and then you can pull it out.There will be a snap ring and washer there covering a gear that fits on the end of the lock cylinder that turns when u turn the key.You should be able to then tell if problem is lock cylinder or not.

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    Chuck Martin Feb 11, 2009

    If you are talking about the piece that hooks to the rod and has gear like teeth on the bottom of it, it is called an actuator, base part number 3E373.I don't know the whole part number but this base will get the(ford) parts man to what u need. If that gear is stripped then the one on the bottom of the lock cylinder I would think has to be also. You gonna have to get that lock cylinder out to fix that.To get to the piece you are talking about remove the covers from around the column,should be 4 phillips screws from bottom. If you need clearance just remove the 4 nuts holding the column up and just let it rest down on the seat.

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