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1990 pickup truck. How can I insert rod into switch?

It'll go it'll turn over the lights will come on but it was far as it goes it won't fit won't start

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It may be the 'actuator'. It is a rod that connects the lock cylinder to the ignition switch on the tilt wheel units. It is made of aluminum and often breaks as things become worn.

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sounds like something in the housing where the tumbler rests. might want to try putting a use column in with the new tumbler. only an idea. they are a pain to rebuild.

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SOURCE: tilt steering wheel on 96 ford f150 pickup is

What happens is that there are 3 or 4 small screw type bolts that come loose down by the tilt mechanism. As time goes on these little bolts get looser and looser and the column moves around more and more. You have to disassemble the column from the top downward to get to these and it's a fairly complicated job as there are a lot of small pieces, switches, and linkages that have to be put back together correctly so it will all work when you are done. I always put thread locker on these small bolts to prevent them from coming loose again. It's a fairly involved procedure to do this job the first few times so if you're not fully comfortable with it I would suggest having a good service facility do it for you. I usually can do one in a little over an hour, depending on how much cleaning I need to do to dirty/sticky column components.

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SOURCE: diagram for steering column and ignition in a 1990

have no ignition switch and i want to install a kill switch,so what wire in the ignition harness will i use?

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      Fig. 2: Exploded view of a steering column including the ignition switch — 1990 vehicle with standard column shown 87958060.gif
      Fig. 3: Exploded view of the steering column including the ignition switch — 1990 vehicle with tilt column shown 87958061.gif
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