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I replaced the solenoid and starter on my 1988

My 1988 Ford F-150 trucks steering column was replaced by the previous owner and when I would go to take the key out, I would have to push up on the gear shift on the column for it to turn all the way back to get the key out. It was working fine this way until the other day I got in it and it would not start at all. I thought it may be the starter so I replaced it and the solenoid also. when I went to start it all I get is the solenoid clicking. All the connections are clean and the battery is good. Could there be a problem in the steering column or the ignition switch or maybe the some other thing I have not thought of?

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Yes i would say it's in the wiring to the ignition switch that's why it would work moving the tilt up and down. tilt is very hard on a steering column and will pull on the wires.

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