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94 Ford Ranger, ignition assembly loose. Will not start unless I jimmy the assembly in towards the steering column. Require removal of steering wheel to fix?

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  • graynfoxy36 Sep 17, 2010

    What assy are you refering to coil packs,distributer, module, necessary wiring and plug ins? However sounds like a bad conection on the grounding or the wireing,or an internal loose conection of the electronics parts.

  • sueatwolfgan Sep 17, 2010

    Thank you for responding. I apologize for my ignorance. (I am an older female and the only repairs I've ever done on my truck are to replace the starter and the serpentine belt.) The ignition part that is loose is where one puts the key in. The whole part moves in and out (away and towards the steering column). If I push it in, the engine starts.

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Thats ok mam,i,m 62,retired with 19 yrs experience in automotive field.Ford cars and trucks.And several different importsBut i quit in 1996.
I,m thinking that the,gears may be out of timing and the actuating rod that moves the ignition switch contacts at or near the bottom of the steering colmn.
You should repair the key cylinder, and the tumbler that the key actuates.Then you may also need to adjust the switch assy contact box at the bottom.These are a high wear items over a lot of yrs, and useage,and might be best to pay one time, and fix it right.I used to repair tilt steering wheels,and found that its less costly just to buy a good used steering column with key and all,but now days i,m not so sure! ??? hope i was helpful!
Good luck on this problem,as i know costs are high every where.

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  • sueatwolfgan Sep 17, 2010

    Thank you very much for your detailed opinion. It sounds like a bit much for me to tackle. I appreciate your time in answering my question and hope you have a good weekend. From Sue


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