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My 1990 Thunderbird is getting no electrical power. The battery is new and fully charged. I have put in a new ignition switch and cylanoid switch. Still nothing. No headlights, no hazzard lights or dummy lights. It will crank over when we jump it on the posts of the cylanoid switch but will not remain started with the key in the on position. Have any Ideas?

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Replace the ignition switch. It's under the steering column covers half way down the column. There is a long electrical plug that has a bolt in the center of it that holds it on. You may need to buy tamper proof sockets to actually remove the switch. They look like torx bits but has a hole in the center of it.

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