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Ignition My ignition will only turn on but it will not shut off. I even bought a new ignition switch and It still does not work. Is there a solution to this problem? I have the same problem with interior ignition switch posted by h21_stevens on January 9, 2009. My ignition will turn on but it will not shut off. The key will turn back and pull out but the car keeps running. The normal click/stop seems to turn freely through the off point. I also bought a new ignition lock cylinder/key thinking that was the problem but it does the same thing, so the problem is where the lock cylinder connects and turns ignition mechanism inside steering column. The car will stay running and to shut it off I have to pull the coil or plub wires and undo the battery so it doesn't drain since the ignition is still locked in the on position even thought the key has been removed. You indicate that by replacing the ignition "switch" with wiring inside the column should work....The only ignition switch listed is located farther down the column toward the dash underside. But this mystery piece must feed wires to the switch also. Do you know what this piece is callled and how difficult it is to get to it on the column....I have tilt wheel and cruise control...I lookied up pulling the steering column and that seems not for a d.i.y. person.

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  • smoakhouse10 Feb 18, 2009

    My post, being the first was inadvertently added to the 1995 Taurus by mistake...My car is a 1992 Merc Grand Marquis. I replaced the ignition cylinder but it does the same thing....in my post I explain that the problem appears to be the mechanism the cylinder fits into, inside the steering column...but can't find that part listed.

  • smoakhouse10 Feb 18, 2009

    ok..that sounds like the solution....but when I looked up the part it appeared to be a wiring harness and I did not see a place where the iginition cylinder fit into the switch.

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Replace the ignition cylinder.

Posted on Feb 18, 2009

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  • Ginko
    Ginko Feb 18, 2009

    The ignition switch is the most likely, when it is faulty the car may not shut off, but also wirings and ignition cylinder may be responsible.

    You start checking the ignition switch, that is usually located at the bottom of the steering column.

    Test the ignition switch with a car tester, if the switch is operating fine, replace the cylinder.


  • Ginko
    Ginko Feb 18, 2009

    Additionally, if you want to DIY, get the Haynes repair manual for your car, that will have the illustrated procedure to do the job.

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    Ginko Feb 18, 2009
  • Ginko
    Ginko Feb 18, 2009

    There are two parts concerned, the lock cylinder where the key is inserted, that is the ignition cylinder, and the electronic switch that is usually just behind the lock cylinder, that is the ignition switch.

    I have never taken apart a Mercury, therefore I post a procedure from Wiki to access teh ignition switch.

    "


    For a 1988 Mercury Marquis remove bottom shroud from steering column (5
    philips head screws). There is a wire running from the ignition switch
    to the left side of the steering column; detach it from the coupler
    (This can be done without a tool). Turn key to ON position until the
    panel lights come on. There is a small pin near the bottom of the key
    lock; push it in and pull the ignition switch out (don't panic if the
    wire seems to be stuck; it will come out).

    To replace, turn new ignition switch to same position. Push pin
    on the ignition switch in while sliding it back into the steering
    column. Reconnect wire and then replace shroud."

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You need to replace the electrical part of the igntion switch.Here are the instructions

Ignition Switch

Removal
1. Disconnect battery ground cable (14301). Remove the upper steering column shroud (3530) by removing the four or five self-tapping screws. Remove tilt steering column lock lever (3F527) (if equipped).

2. Remove lower steering column shroud.

3. Disconnect the ignition switch electrical connector.

4. Rotate ignition switch lock cylinder (11582) to the RUN position.

5. Remove the two screws retaining ignition switch (11572).

6. Disengage the ignition switch from the actuator.

Installation
NOTE:
A new replacement ignition switch assembly will be set in the RUN position as received.
1. Adjust the ignition switch by sliding the carrier to the ignition switch RUN position.

2. Check to ensure that the ignition switch lock cylinder is in the RUN position. The RUN position is achieved by rotating the ignition switch lock cylinder approximately 90 degrees from the LOCK position.

3. Install the ignition switch pin into the actuator. It may be necessary to move the ignition switch slightly back and forth to align the ignition switch mounting holes with the lock cylinder housing threaded holes.

4. Install retaining screws. Tighten to 5.6-7.9 N-m (50-69 lb-in).

5. Connect electrical connector to ignition switch.

6. Connect battery ground cable. Check ignition switch for proper function, including START and ACC positions. Also, make certain that the column is in the LOCK position.

7. Install lower steering column shroud.

8. Install the upper steering column shroud and tilt steering column lock lever (if equipped).

Posted on Feb 18, 2009

  • Chuck Martin
    Chuck Martin Feb 18, 2009

    Thats ok the switch still looks the same and the same proceedure applies.

    The lock cylinder itself if you already had it out,you noticed a *** on the end that fit into a slot in the column.This slot is actually a gear which messes with another gear,this then hooks to a metal rod that extends down the column to the ignition switch and hooks into a slot on the switch.Remove the plastic shrouds from around the column so you can see this rod and make sure it moves when you turn the switch.You should then be able to see if the rod broke loose from the switch. If the rod does not move then you have a problem with the 2 gears. I think the basic number on the gear is 3E357

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