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When i tried to change the ignition switch in my 1989 ford f150 xlt lariat my actuator rod broke. I need to replace it but cannot find any diagrams on how to uninstall and reinstall it?

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  • hunter289 Feb 25, 2009

    My actuator rod broke on my 1989 Ford F-150. Instead of fixing the rod, I wired a push button switch up to the solenoid. Just turn the key to the "on" position and hit the button to start. I didn't feel like tearing the steering wheel and everything else apart.

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    this is not a job for a DIYer, seasoned pro's hate doing these, take it in and bite the bullet.

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Emissionwiz is correct. Follow his advice. You would need a few special tools to accomplish this task and enough knowledge to complete the repair.

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