I placed the key in the ignition switch and the vehicle started but I noticed the key extended beyond the typical arc as if it were loose. So I shut the engine off and tried to start the car again and the key seemed to not connect to turn the ignition switch to start the engine. It essentially is completely loose moving forward toward the 'start engine' position and does click in the downward arc position and stops at the auxillary mode. I thought there may be a nut loose or something where the key goes into the ignition switch so I loosened the casing that fits above and below the top of the steering column to get a closer look. I didn't see anything immediate that would pose the problem though I'm not proficient with working on cars. Does anyone have what may be a simple solution to this?
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Re: 1996 Ford Explorer key to ignition switch loose
Sound like the tumbler is falling out, when you open the steering column there should be a hole where a small but solid object can go in.. this release the tumbler but only when the key it turn at a certain position you will feel the pin in the hole go inwards then you can slide it out...it could be defective or just need to place back properly..hope this help..
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If your vehicle was towed, check the fuel pump intertia switch located near the top of the passenger side kick panel.
if you changed the key, you will be having an antitheft problem.
you could try putting an original key at the lock cylinder while turning the new key, it may allow it to start... if so, new key will require programming, or have the new lock cylinder coded to the old keys.
The catalytic converter being bad will definitely cause a drop in mileage and also a loss of power. Do you hear a rattling type sound when the vehicle is started cold or just when the ignition is shut off? Also if you bang on the converter with your hand, you may be able to hear the loose material rattle inside if it is bad. I think your Explorer has four catalytic converters also. What are the specific codes you received?
Sounds like the starter solinoid is sticking....same thing will happen
if you put the wrong wires on the wrong post on the solinoid. I would
replace the solinoid....this might happen again at a bad time. They are
cheap... replace it.
If that's the case, it probably is most likely a faulty key ignition
switch. However, solenoid switches (near the battery) are notorious for
being bad out of the box, so I'd start there. It's cheaper and easier
to replace than the ignition switch.
if it turns over from below,then its in the ignition switch and this also feeds power to the e.c.m. to make the engine fire so you either have a bad switch contact or the hot 12 volt wire to the ignition switch