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Replaced starter and key switch 96 windstar won't start have power to starter

Starter turns at the starter but not with the key

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A metal activator rod generally moves back and forth along the steering column from the key lock to the ignition switch (generally mounted on the steering column. If the rod had been dislodged or the ignition switch had shifted position during your pervious efforts, turning the key will not allow the voltage to get to the starter.

Be prepare to be very uncomfortable twisted around under the dash and steering column. :(

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Ford starters have a solenoid that is a relay to the starter. I could not read the rest of the problem? Got changed ignition, starter and....

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also check to see if anti theft light is flashing some of them will disingage the starter

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