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New ignition starter switch which is down on the steering column behind dash panel wont fit to the rod coming from the key cylinder.

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How do I replace the ignition switch


The ignition switch is located on the side of the steering column under the dash. Take off the wire harness then remove the screws that mount it to the column. There is a wire rod that comes from the key cylinder that fits in a hole in the switch. Wiggle the switch a little to get the rod out of the old switch. Pay attention to where the rod connects to the switch and reassemble the new switch to the column but don't tighten the screws just yet. Plug in the wire harness to the new switch and turn the key to the ACC position. Turn on the radio to make sure the new switch really did turn on to operate the radio. If it didn't move the switch by hand until the radio comes on. Tighten the screws and then start the car. You're done.

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Key will not turn in the ignition


If your key unlocks the ignition lock cylinder but it wont turn far enough to get to the crank position, you may have a bad ignition switch. The switch is NOT the part near the steering wheel where you insert the key, there is a long linkage rod that runs down the column to the switch. The switch itself is located on top of the steering column up under the dash near the brake pedal. It is mounted with slotted holes for adjustment on a metal bracket with a plastic body (usually white plastic) I think it has two separate plugs with several wires in each one.

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Replaced starter and key switch 96 windstar won't start have power to starter


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Be prepare to be very uncomfortable twisted around under the dash and steering column. :(

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ignition starter switch located on steering column, similar to picture, you must lower the steering column to access:


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not your vehicle, but very similar. here is what your looking for:

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The ignition switch is usually mounted to the steering column and is operated by a linkage rod.
NOTEOn 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.
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The ignition switch is operated by the key switch..To replace the switch:
  • Remove the ignition switch wiring harness.
  • Unbolt it from its position.
  • Bolt the new switch into position.
  • Attach the witing harness

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Remove/replace starter sloenoid


your Ignition Switch is bad here is how to replace it
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.
f32-17gif.gif The ignition switch is operated by the key switch. Courtesy of Ford Motor Company. To replace the switch:
  • Remove the ignition switch wiring harness.
  • Unbolt it from its position.
  • Bolt the new switch into position.
  • Attach the witing harness.

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I need advice on how to get the ignition switch out to replace it


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Ignition switch installation-1984-90 models


  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the steering column cover.
  3. If equipped with automatic transaxle, position the gear selector into DRIVE and disconnect the indicator cable.
  4. Remove the lower panel reinforcement.
  5. Drop the steering column for switch replacement.
  6. Disengage the wiring connector from the ignition switch.
  7. Position the ignition lock cylinder into the LOCK position.
  8. Tape the ignition switch rod to the steering column to prevent the rod from falling out of the lock cylinder assembly.
  9. Remove the screws attaching the ignition switch to the column jacket.
  10. Remove the ignition switch by rotating the switch 90 degrees and pulling up to disengage from the rod.
To install:
  1. Rotate the switch 90° and push down to engage the rod.
  2. Install the screws to the ignition switch mounting plate but do not tighten.
  3. Remove the tape holding the rod to the column.
  4. Adjust the switch by pushing up on the switch to take up rod system slack. This must be done with the key cylinder in the LOCK position and the key removed.
  5. Tighten the screws attaching the switch to the column.
  6. Connect the wiring connector to the ignition switch.
  7. Install the steering column.
  8. Install the steering column cover.
  9. Connect the negative battery cable.

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How do i remove key lock cylinder on steering column to replace with new one?


Turn ignition key/lock cylinder to the ON position. Insert a thin screwdriver into the slot adjacent to the switch attaching screw boss (right-hand slot). Depress the spring latch located at the bottom of the slot to release the key/lock cylinder. Remove the cylinder.
to remove key-lock cylinder switch Ignition Switch

Removal & Installation

1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
2. Remove the steering column shroud and lower the steering column.
3. Detach the ignition switch electrical hardness connector.
4. Remove 2 nuts retaining the ignition switch to the steering column housing.
5. Lift the ignition switch upward to disengage the actuator rod from the switch and remove the switch.


To install:

> When installing the ignition switch, both the locking mechanism at the top of the column and the switch itself must be in the LOCK position for correct adjustment. To hold the mechanical parts of the column in the LOCK position, move the shift lever into PARK (with automatic transmissions) or REVERSE (with manual transmissions), turn the key to the LOCK position, and remove the key. New replacement switches, when received, are pinned in the LOCK position by a metal shipping pin inserted in a locking hole on the side of the switch.


6. Engage the actuator rod in the ignition switch.
7. Place the ignition switch on the steering column housing and loosely install 2 retaining nuts.
8. Move the switch up or down along the column to locate the mid-position of the actuator rod lash, then tighten the retaining nuts to 47-64 inch. Lbs. (5-7 Nm).
9. Raise the steering column into position at instrument panel. Install steering column shroud.
10. Connect the negative battery cable.
11. Remove the locking pin, connect the battery cable, and verified that the engine will only crank in PARK and NEUTRAL. Also check to make certain the start circuit cannot be actuated in the DRIVE and REVERSE positions.
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I have 1999 lexus ls470 -- same problem -- ignition switch


Its usually NOT the lock cylinder on the 470s, its usually the housing. The cylinder is on the dash and points towards the engine. Behind the plastic dash panel (once removed) you will see it in fact sticks in an aluminum tube that goes down 2 or 3 inches, then makes 2 turns, left to attatch to the steering column, and right to attatch to the actual ignition switch. The gear and rod assembly that the cylinder attatches to that allows it to rotate the switch usually shatters in the middle and the key starts freewheeling because there is no longer any attatchment to any of the gears or springs or click points that youd usually feel as the rotational resistance. UNFORTUNATELY this is not a 5 minute job (If it was, cars would be a breeze to steal!). Youll need at least a lock cylinder housing (dealer stock em, they break all the tyme), and IF your cylinder is undamaged, change the housing (it bolts to the steering column and extends from column towards center console area where the ignition SWITCH is actually located). If your cylinder is damaged or the housing is so shredded you cant remove the lock cylinder by normal means...then youll also need the cylinder...and it will have to be recoded to the vehicle so the anti theft will allow the new keys/cylinder to start the car. If your old cylinder and keys are intact, then transfer them to the new housing and car wont even know it happened and should start up and work as normal. Some can be removed intact, some cant...depends on how yours broke.

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Could be a bad lock cylinder or broken ignition switch (under the dash on top of the steering column). If you disconnect the switch from the control rod that comes from the cylinder and the cylinder turns you need a new switch.

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