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96 ford windstar ignition probs

Ignition will not shut off even after key removed. can this be circumvented with a toggle switch to shut off engine

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  • incannarile Feb 27, 2009

    ignition switch has been replaced. have been told that to fix i need to tear apart steering column. shutting engine off now by undoing battery and then pushing buttons till engine dies. can i install a toggle switch to cut power to engine so it shuts off. if so where, what wire.

  • incannarile Feb 27, 2009

    ok. why not if i cut power to ignition why wont it shut off engine

  • incannarile Feb 27, 2009

    thank u chuck943 i will try that. thanks all for your help all this info has been very helpful and appreciated

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    why? because u can burn the van to the ground for starters

  • gerry bissi May 11, 2010

    does engine shut off? If yes, you may need new lcok cylinder or ingintion switch.

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    that would not work.



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The ignition switch is the electrical part behind the lock cylinder where the key goes in.

Ignition Switch Lock Cylinder
Lock Cylinder Functional

  1. The following procedure applies to vehicles that have a functional ignition switch lock cylinder (11582) and keys. If the key numbers are known, the correct key can be made. Disconnect the battery ground cable (14301). For additional information, refer to Section 14-01 .
  1. Turn the ignition switch lock cylinder to the RUN position.
  1. Place a 3.17-mm (1/8-inch) diameter wire pin or small drift punch in the hole in the steering column shroud under the ignition switch lock cylinder. Depress the retaining pin while pulling out on the ignition switch lock cylinder to remove it from the housing of the steering column.
  1. Install the ignition switch lock cylinder by turning it to the RUN position and depressing the retaining pin. Insert the ignition switch lock cylinder into the steering column housing. Make sure the ignition switch lock cylinder is fully seated and aligned in the interlocking washer before turning the key to the OFF position. This will permit the retaining pin of the ignition switch lock cylinder to extend into the hole of the steering column.
  1. Using the key, rotate the ignition switch lock cylinder to make sure of correct mechanical operation in all positions.
  1. Connect the battery ground cable.
Ignition Switch Removal
  1. Disconnect battery ground cable (14301). Refer to Section 14-01 .
  1. Remove the upper steering column shroud (3530) by removing the four or five self-tapping screws. Remove key release lever (3F527) (if equipped).
  1. Remove lower steering column shroud.
  1. Disconnect the ignition switch electrical connector.
  1. Rotate ignition switch lock cylinder (11582) to the RUN position.
  1. Remove the two screws retaining ignition switch (11572).
  1. Disengage the ignition switch from the actuator.

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Item Part Number Description 1 11572 Ignition Switch 2 — Ignition Switch Lock Cylinder Housing 3 — Slot in Lock/Column Assembly A — (Part of 11572) Pin B — Alignment Mark
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.
  1. Check to make sure 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.
  1. Install the ignition switch 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.
  1. Install retaining screws. Tighten to 5.6-7.9 Nm (50-69 lb-in).
  1. Connect electrical connector to ignition switch.
  1. Connect battery ground cable. Refer to Section 14-01 .
  1. Check ignition switch for proper function, including START and ACC positions. Also, make certain that the column is in the LOCK position.
  1. Install upper steering column shroud.
  1. Install the lower steering column shroud and key release lever (if equipped).

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Yes but I would use a relay also because it would probably be to much current load(60amp) for just a toggle switch.Relay has switch side and a coil side,when coil side is energized it closes the switch side so current will flow thru it. I would wire the relay switch side to the yellow wire of igntion switch(trace it back to before the splice)because it has 3 connections on the switch itself. Then hook the coil side of the relay to a power source and use the toggle switch in between the coil ground side of relay and ground.

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