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Ignition switch On my 1987 F-250 when you turn the key nothing happens? I have replaced the tumbler , the part where the key goes in. And have been told my prob. is the ignition switch. My problem is finding it on the steering colum or on the fire wall. I need to kow where it is???

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Im having the same problem with my 78 f250. it could be one or two of problems, your solenoid could be bad or your neutral safety switch. thats what i have been able to figure out. in my case its the nss and im trying to bypass it. hope that helps

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Clean battery terminals.
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