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HDGENE, Ford Senior Master/Diesel/Trans
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90 ford manual truck... Fixed Steering. (Not tilt steering

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90 ford manual truck... Fixed Steering. (Not tilt steering wheel) The "spring" in the key stopped working. We've got it apart, but cannot figure out what the problem was. A quarter moon piece seems to just rotate when it seems like it should be held strongly in order to engage the starter switch.
JA: How has the car been driving lately?
Customer: Drives fine... Only problem is engaging the starter using the key.
JA: What is the model/year of your Ford?
Customer: 90 ford truck F-250
JA: What year is your ford?
Customer: 1990
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: It's in pieces... can't figure out how it was supposed to work to figure out how to fix it.
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: nope.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  HDGENE replied 2 months ago.

Hello, the ignition switch has the spring built into it, if you manually push on the ignition switch to the crank position it should bounce back. The most common issue with the key system not working on these trucks is a broken actuator rod from the key tumbler on the column to the ignition switch. The ignition switch connectors melt and switches can separate when turning the key to the on position when it is bolted to the column and the switch is adjustable on the column.

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