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Re: removing steering colum
If you are refering to the ignition switch, put the key in the ignition and turn it to "on". Do not start the car. there should be a hole on the bottom of the column below the ignition switch. Stick a long skinny object, such as an unbent paper clip into that hole. There is a littlle "button" that you have to depress and pull the switch out.
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As others already explain, you don't need to remove the lower dash area to replace the ignition switch, but if you need to remove it for whatever reason, you must first remove the color matched part of the dash that lies just below the steering column by removing the three large bolts that secures it to the dash metal frame (located along the end of the cover) and then pulling it towards the seat as parallel as posible to the floor to disengage the clips that hold it to the dash, then you will see the four screws that hold the lower plastic part of the steering column cover, take them out and you're done.
this is a comon problem on fords including most taurus and others ,ford had a recall too on that ,you need to drop sterring colum down in some model remove steering wheel too but not all when tou get the new shifter it as intructions
Ford likes to hide them in a small black plastic box about half the size of a cigarrette box. it has a black cover on it and once you remove it you will find a blue relay. Thats what is probably bad. Try looking on the right side of the steering column but up in the dash
Remove plastic cover around column, three or four screw's, then remove three small bolt's on wiper switch same switch as turn signal there together, disconnect harness and remove and replace with new switch, there's no service to switch if bad it just get replace.Hope this was very helpful
The horn Button at the steering wheel is simply a switch. It grounds out when pushed causing the circuit to close, routing it though the actual horn under the hood which is sitting there waiting to activate.
remove the stearing wheel, get a spring compressor made for steering coloums (they sell them at pepboys for$10) remove the lock, then the blinker assambly by 3 screws and then one on the switch.
if its in the switch its self and not the lock cyclinder, drop the steering coloum down and it on top of the colum with a rod going to it
Plastic actuator/rod/steering column repair It cost about 200.00 at the ford dealership,and i got the same problem...i looked under the steering colum and saw the actuator was moving down but not back up so it broke. its plastic so and im not going to chance taking the steering wheel off myself with my tilt steering and airbag. Good luck!