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1985 ford F150: Turned key to start my truck, and felt something go "crunch". I removed the steering wheel and the lock mechanism in the steering column. All looks fine. Do you have any idea what could have broke? Do you have a link to a diagram of an exploded view of the steering column for this model truck? BTW, it has a tilt steering wheel. Thank you in advance! Paul

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It may be the 'actuator'. It is a rod that connects the lock cylinder to the ignition switch on the tilt wheel units. It is made of aluminum and often breaks as things become worn.

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It *might* also be the ignition switch. I had this happen in my 1988 F150, so I took it apart. The rod is fine, but further down into the dash (you will have to unbolt the column to lower it) is a set of relays. The rod switches it between them to choose what the electricity does, and I think my starter relays ended up broken.

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