Question about 1998 Ford Windstar
I have a 98 windstar with 3.8. The key cylinder turns with no stop for on/run. the starter will not engage when key is turned fully clockwise. nothing happens at all other than the idiot lights come on and can not be turned off other than disconnecting the battery. reconnect the battery and the idiot lights come back on. ignition key cylinder seems well worn and sloppy. there are two elec connectors that seem to have been attached to the housing for the cylinder. they are broken and seem to be of no use to the van running as they have not been attached to anything prior to my ownership. will a key cylinder replacement sove the problem or is there a switch controlled by the actuator rod somewhere down the steering column? please tell me of what the problems may be and what i can do about the problem.
Do not damage the key reading transponder but a i think a new barrel might cure the problem ,yes you could hotwire it to move it but make sure the key is in to stop the steering lock coming on and to be read by the transponder to release the immobilisor
Posted on Dec 30, 2013
Testimonial: "Thanks for the quick response. I don't think there is a key reader active on this van. The ignition key is just a plain ford key with no chip. Can you instruct me on how to hotwire the van? Is the key cylinder the problem or is there a switch someplace I need to look at?"
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
its not that had to replace the ignition switch, remove the steering wheel, u will need to buy a ighition removal tool, push plate down, remove plate and the switch will slide right out.. go to advanced auto parts and they will tell you all the tools you will need to replace the switch, and they have a loaner tool program, so just buy the tool and take it back and get your money back.. good luck keith...
Posted on Mar 21, 2009
SOURCE: 95 F150 wont crank
the starter should be replaced. The solenoid is kikcing the pinion out but there is no contact being made to turn the starter motor. I have the exact same truck and before i changed the starter used the old starter tap trick. Tap the starter casing with a hammer and it should start turning again. hope this was helpful for you. Good luck.
Posted on Nov 07, 2008
Solenoid was not mentioned as replaced.
If it was not part of new starter...that's the culprit.
Ignition switch (smaller wire) activates the solenoid (heavier wire) which in turn activates the (high current) starter.
Posted on Feb 28, 2009
SOURCE: 1984 ford f-150. when
The actuator rod has a spring and block the returns the actuator to its normal position. Sounds like one of the three parts are broke. If this is a tilt steering column there is a two piece actuator rod. I am in the process of replacing the upper actuator rod, the pin that connects it to the lower actuator broke off. Never had any ignition problems, one day it just won't turn off due to broken actuator rod. Hope this helps you.
Posted on Jan 06, 2011
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