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1995 mercury sable GS 3.8L ignition problems?

The car starts fine, but the key wont turn it off, so I have to shut it off by unplugging the distributor plug, then diconnecting battery or the lights stays on as if its stuck in the forward position, the steering lock doesnt work either when I pull the key out. I have looked all over the internet and come down to 4 possibilities. 1 is the Ignition Switch, 2 Control Module-Ignition, 3 Lock - Ignition (Cylinder & Keys), and 4 the column. (The rod is the part that is moved by the key to activate the electric switch) Any help would be appreciated

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  • asjdlfk Jun 22, 2008

    i have too

  • dxmr399 Jun 24, 2008

    Since I posted this I have figured out the problem by myself with hours of research on the internet and just looking myself into it. Sigh! it's a shame with billions of people with the internet and nobody could just give me a better answer than "i have too" For anybody who has this problem just take it to the ford dealership for about 200.00 they will replace the Plastic actuator/rod/ in the steering column it's a piece of plastic that moves the ignition switch into the position. Basically if it breaks you can start your car but not shut it off. The key will spin back freely. Even though I did replace the key lock and the ignition switch no harm done, just 30.00 more dollars outta my pocket! If your car doesn't start then it more then likely might be ignition switch. Last thing, I can care less about fixing the steering lock, it's just an anti theft device, and if they want that car that bad come and get it. I got full coverage!

  • ragroff2 Jul 19, 2008

    my dealer wanted $ 500.00. i bought the acuator for less than $15.00. but now i can't figure out how to remove it from behind ignition switch housing.

  • x1967maveric Jan 18, 2009

    I need to know if I need to buy a used steering column or the plastic rod can be replaced?

  • Anonymous May 10, 2009

    Same problem, where can you purchase an actuator rod?


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Glad you got it fixed. I had the same problem a couple years ago. I, too, replaced the ignition cylinder to the same result. I took it to my usual repair guy, but I don't remember how much it cost. Less than $200, if I remember right. I actually pulled a fuse from the panel under the hood to get the car to shut off.

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