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Need help with my actuator problem please - 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX

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  • inthehutin91 May 29, 2010

    this young man does not know what he is talking about, first of all it doesnt just fall out you have to remove steering wheel springs and etc. then you have to remove key and cylinder then take out pinion gears washers and retainer rings then replace and line up..........poor job my boy you could have sent me the site where the tech from the chat did..... after that it took a mere two hrs to replace. put whole steering housing back together, and reinstall, try harder next time YOUNG MAN!!!



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Door actuator,or ac ,heater actuator?

Posted on May 28, 2010

  • inthehutin91 May 28, 2010

    ignition actuator that runs along gears for key and cylinder for ignition, the one that actually moves the switch is replaced i need to remove and replace the one that actually moves along the gears, one with the metal stud protruding out the side that hooks into other actuator, steering column and housing are apart, steering wheel is removed, is there a locking mechanism for the actuator, it only pulls out far enough to be in start position

  • Ronny Bennett Sr.
    Ronny Bennett Sr. May 28, 2010

    It should just fall out if everything is loose,it is almost impossible to guide you threw this ,it is a hands on thing,and not fun,at all.It sounds like the actuator ,and the rack,are out of sync,but not being there,I can not help you,sorry.



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