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It won't shut off

I will shut it off but it keeps running, Help!

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  • mariannerog May 28, 2009

    The engine keeps running.

  • mariannerog May 28, 2009

    The ignition switch has been replaced with a new one, and it still does the same thing.

  • mariannerog Jun 01, 2009

    Thank you to greg margo, it is the ignition rod, now the question is how do I fix that?

  • Greg Margossian
    Greg Margossian May 11, 2010

    Does the engine stay running or does it run for a few seconds and then shut off?



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Sounds like a bad ignition switch. If you're able to turn the switch to the off postion and remove the key and the engine keeps running, the switch is bad and needs replacing. Hope this answers your question. Best of luck.

Posted on May 28, 2009

  • Greg Margossian
    Greg Margossian May 28, 2009

    After researching your problem further, it appears that this is a fairly common Ford issue. It could be one of the following:

    • Electrical problem; check for short-circuit in fuse box

    • Ignition wiring

    • Ignition rod - sometimes the rod that engages the ignition does not disengage fully (or at all) when the ignition switch is turned off

    Hope this helps diagnose your problem. If not, re-post the problem, explain up front that the ignition switch has been replaced to avoid duplicate suggestions. Take care.


  • Greg Margossian
    Greg Margossian Jun 01, 2009

    From what I can see, they're calling it an "actuator rod" and it's located inside the steering column. Still looking for an easy way to replace it. I'll get back to you.




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