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Vehicle will not start

I drove to the store, when i parked i turned my key down(as to turn off)and my car was still running. I put the key back inside and i turned it up and down and it would not do anythingcar was still on.{You know when you have the car running and if you where to turn the key up (as to start it) It makes a cranking noise} Well my car was running and when i turned the key up and it did not make any noise what so ever. I drove home without key and disconnected my negative & positive from battery and it was still running. (found out that,that it is ok) so hit punched the sensor in the trunk that when you crash it cuts the gas flow.So it Turned off. And hasnt turned back (the engine wont turn on) .all my light,signals,horn,blinkers,radio works,but i turn the key it up (as to turn it on) it feels kind of loose. but it never cranks at all (no noise) when i turn key .and since my key doesnt work all my electronis(radio,lights,etc)would always be turned on {if i didnt disconnect} the battery... not literally everything turns on i have to turn my light knob to turn on the lights, and click the on button on my radio to listen to the radio.I bought a new lock cylinder with key still didnt turn on,please help? 1997 ford t-bird LX 3.8L Fuel Injected.

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The problem is not the key and cylinder but the ignition switch on the steering column kinda like the other expert tried to say.This is a plastic rectangular switch that the rod from the lock cylinder sits in. there are about 16 wires that go to this switch that controls all kinds of things.They usually get burnt up and come apart I know that this the problem for i have done over 24 of these in my line of work :)



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This is due to a faulty ignition switch and although you have replaced the lock cylinder the ignition switch itself is what is causing the fault. Takes around 15 - 20 mins to repair. New ignition switch is required.

First disconnect the battery.

The old ignition switch (not key and lock cylinder) is removed by removing the upper and lower shroud from around the steering column. Usually the shroud is held in place by 4 screws.

Disconnect the ignition switch electrical connector

Turn the key to the run position and then remove the two screws holding the ignition switch. Disengage ignition switch from the actuator.

If installing new key set, ensure new key set is in the RUN position prior to installion.

Check and make all positions are correct and this should solve your problem.

Posted on Jun 27, 2009

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