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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This could be an ignition key placement problem! Most cars get worn out with the key start. I have replaced the "switch" with the keys on numerous cars. They have tumblers like all locks, when these become worn or loose their place, they will not allow the function to work properly. It is not in the correct place to allow the key to come out. Some try to keep the car in the starting position etc. Other's will not turn the car completely off, and you will draw down the battery. Check this out with either a dealer or take it to Auto-zone/Napa etc. They sell this replacement key switch.
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.
Typically PCM's are rather robust components that are not as prone to failure as sensors are. Some automotive electronic components can fail under heat stress and work fine after they have cooled down...like an ignition control module.
As you are experiencing your problem while engaging the ignition switch (which you described as sometimes hanging up) I would start your trouble shooting with the ignition switch itself.
Ignition starter switch directs current from the fuse panel to other systems in the vehicle
When not replaced, vehicle may experience no-start, intermittent shut down and/or current will not flow to all systems.
Your vehicle also has steering column lock actuator you will have to deal with when removing the ignition switch for replacement which is rated as "easy"
if engine does not shut off when turning key to off. its most likely the ignition switch thats bad. many people consider the switch and lock cylinder to be the complete switch. but on many vehicles it is located at the bottom of steering column. the place where you put the key is just a lock cylinder and a rod operates the ignition switch. but some vehicles have the ignition switch in behind the lock cylinder, but that depends on the make and model. first, remove the steering column cowling, look for ignition switch bolted to the underside of the column (1 x 2.5 inch box with large wires, about 8 wires going to it) undo the two bolts and pull it away from the column. try to operate the ignition switch manually, sliding the rod forward (start may be springed) and back, if the engine doesnt shut off when the rod is all the way back toward you, replace the switch, good-day!
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?
ask at the dealer i think it may only need a new stop light switch but i could be wrong ,how about leaving the car in neutral ,does key come out then as should do but later cars like this it might not work in neutral though
The ignition switch is immediately behind and attached to the ignition
lock cylinder. The ignition lock cylinder is where you place the key to
start your vehicle. If you are having problems with your vehicle not
starting and or turning the key, more than likely you need to replace
the ignition lock cylinder. It is common for these to go bad in GM
vehicles. To replace the ignition switch of Your car please get these instruments (Flat head screwdriver, Mechanic's gloves, Socket wrench with adapters, Lint-free cloth)and carefully follow the steps below:
Disconnect the negative battery cable from the terminal of your Pontiac Grand Am's battery. This will ensure that you avoid the potential of electrocution as well as accidental inflation of the air bag. After disconnecting the battery, wait 15 minutes before performing any work on the car.
Remove the three flat head screws from the steering column cover to access the ignition switch assembly. If the covers and interior parts of the steering column are dirty or dusty, try cleaning them with a damp, lint-free cloth.
Depress the silver button on the column underneath the ignition switch if your key is still stuck in the lock cylinder. You will need to turn the key to the "Off" position and remove it in order to remove the rest of the ignition switch assembly.
Remove the two connection bolts holding the ignition switch assembly into place. Disconnect the electrical connection tab leading to the ignition switch as well as the tab that sits behind the ignition switch once you slide it out from the steering column console.
Clip the electrical connection tab to the new ignition switch for your 2004 Pontiac Grand Am and slide the ignition switch into place. You will need to have the new key in the ignition switch as you slide it into place and turned to the "Off" position. Once it matches the exact position of the previous ignition switch, rotate the key to the "On" position, and you should hear a click from a tab that extends from the bottom of the ignition switch and connects with the ignition switch housing on the steering column. Reconnect the electrical connection tab leading to the ignition switch.
Reconnect the negative battery terminal and turn your car on to make sure that you have made all of the connections correctly between the steering column and the new ignition switch. Reinstall the steering column panel coverings.