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Most newer models have a safety feature called shift interlock. This prevents the key from being turned back to the lock position if you forget to place the gear selector in park. Depending on the model, If it uses a cable, it may be sticking or needs adjusting. If it uses an electrical solenoid. may be blown fuse or park switch. Tap, shake, and pull up on the shifter and make sure it's in park.
Sounds like the ignition switch has gone kaput. The ignition switch come in two pieces, an electrical switch and a mechanical switch.
The switch electrical portion can be replaced separatly from the mechanical portion (tumbler that the key engages). It is not a real difficult repair but requires some mechanical knowlege of how the column is assembled.
This can be verified with electrical test equipment prior to buying a new electrical switch.
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To remove the ignition switch cylinder you need to take the plastic sometimes metalic covers behind the steerinf wheel after that this is the tric you nee to know to get that ignition switch cylinder out.. turn the key to the on position..then look for a small hole under the ignition cylinder and with a small star screw driver push into the little hole. you will be able to feel that you are able to push it upward. Then keep it that way and with your other hand pull the key and cylinder of the track. now no you have it off the steering wheel and are ready to put the new one back on. Its not to complicating to put the new one one because for most of them you just will be able to put them on in one direction wich it will be the correct one.
To remove the switch take the plastic shroud off of the column.Then take the two bolts out that support the steering column to the dash be sure to support the column.Make sure to put the switch in the lock position.If the ignition lock cylinder is out pull the switch rod up until it stops and then go down 1 click.Take the actuating rod out of the switch take the 2 screws that hold the switch in place and remove the switch.Now if its the lock cylinder that's a little more work.First remove the steering wheel then remove the turn signal switch but it doesn't have to be taken out all the way pull it towards yourself enough to clear the shaft.Turn the cylinder to run if necessary take the key out ,if it has a buzzer remove the switch assembly and then remove the retaining screw that holds the cylinder in place and remove the cylinder.Be very careful not to drop the retaining screw if it falls in the column you would have to take the column apart to get it back.To put it back in Turn the key to the stop while holding the cylinder lock in your hand.Push the lock all the way in and install the retaining screw.Reinstall the buzzer switch if it had one and then the turn signal switch and then the steering wheel.Dont let it scare you it may sound like alot but its just alot of instructions.Just take your time and its pretty simple.
1. Turn ignition switch to off position and leave the key in the switch. 2. Disconnect the battery. 3. Take a small diameter. paper clip and insert it into the small hole in the face of the ignition switch. You will feel a small button that you depress. 4. While depressing the button, turn the key to the accessory position (counter clockwise) and using the key remove the cylinder. 5. You can now remove the bezel by unscrewing it CCW. 6. This will allow you to remove the ignition switch from the dash and disconnect the wire harness plug from the rear of the switch. 7. They don't always come apart easily , and may require some Jiggling of the key and the wire.
The ignition switch is usually mounted to the steering column and is operated by a linkage rod. NOTE
On column-mounted ignition switches, don't confuse the switch with the lock cylinder and keys. The ignition switch is not normally visible.
On some vehicles, the steering column support has to be removed and the column lowered to find the ignition switch. On others, the switch is accessible under the dash.
The ignition switch is operated by the key switch. Courtesy of Ford Motor Company.
To replace the switch: