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Ignition lock on 1988 ford ranger will not turn

Tried both sets of keys and niethet will allow me to turn to on or start. Tried moving steering wheel back and forth. Everything worked fine yesterday. Any ideas? Think it's the cylinder or ignition switch?

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Has to be the lock cylinder,moving the wheel usually is the cure.might try some wd-40 in the "key hole" and run the key in and out a few times. sounds like a stuck tumbler.If that does not work,the lock cylinder needs changed,A breeze job if the key turns on,yours does not,so you will have to simply drive the lock pin in with a punch.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014

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SOURCE: ignition broken and want to bypass steering wheel lock mechanism-

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

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SOURCE: key will noot turn in the switch

try turning the steering wheel left and right while turning the key, sometimes when you park with your wheels turned it will lock the wheel and key. you may have to put a little force into turning the wheel, nothing that will make u sweat... hope this helps you and good luck!!!

Posted on May 22, 2009

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SOURCE: 1997 ford explorer ignition problem

Are you aware? you have the key and tumbler and another part under the dash on the steering column called the ingition switch.
They both have to be aligned in sync to operate properly.
Question? is this a tilt steering wheel,if it is and you dont know anything about it I suggest you get a professionel to do this kind of job.
You really have to know what your doing for this one.

Posted on Aug 11, 2009

carconet
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SOURCE: key stuck in ignition

your ignition have to be replaced focus 2002/7 have that problem and a lot more often if you have a lot of other keys with it,try some wd40 ,but if you do take the key out replace the ignition or you going to get stuck.

Posted on Aug 03, 2010

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SOURCE: steering wheel is locked on my 95 ford f150 xl..it starts and goes into gear but the steering wheel won't move..it is locked

you can break the lock by pulling down on the steering whell very hard. or if your ignitons swith is bad you have to get a new one

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