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1987 Ford f150. Sometimes when I turn the key on, ignition lights come on but nothing happens. I can jump the solenoid and it will start. It has a new solenoid. Help?

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Probably needs a new ignition switch,(NOT the key switch) the ignition switch is located under the dash on the side of the column,its white and about 3 inches long and costs about $15.00 new

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