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Do i need to pull the steering wheel off with a puller to replace the ignition actuator that runs along the gears from key and cylinder? steering column is out and apart, actuator that hooks into ignition module is already in place

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    yadayada May 27, 2010

    yes, but 10 minutes is better.

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Yes the steering wheel must be pulled, this is a real complicated jub. I have done 100's and still hate it everytime i get one at the shop of the Ford dealer i work at. Make darn sure u disarm the airbag properly!

Posted on May 27, 2010

  • inthehutin91 May 27, 2010

    disarm b y removing negative battery wire for 2 minutes then hot for bout 5, is this correct?

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  1. Disconnect the battery ground.
  2. On tilt columns, remove the upper extension shroud by unsnapping the shroud from the retaining clip at the 9 o'clock position.
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