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My f250 2003 won't start and when I take the keys out of the

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My f250 2003 won't start and when I take the keys out of the ignition all the dashboards light stay on
JA: Have you checked the fuses? The dashboard bulbs?
Customer: Yes I have even taken out ignition switch and as soon as you reconnect batteries all lights come back on dash with no keys
JA: Are you fixing your F250 yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Yes fixing myself
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: I bought a new ignition switch and still no start and when Just batteries are connected all dashboard lights are on and no keys in ignition
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Ford
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I have also tried to use the manual ignition switch and I can get dashboards lights to go out but no start
Expert:  Jaybird61 replied 2 months ago.

Hi, My name is Jay

When you have the ignition switch removed can you verify the ignition lock cylinder is moving the ignition switch rod back and forth? The inside column mechanism brakes and will not move the switch as it should.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I have the ignition switch in right now
Expert:  Jaybird61 replied 2 months ago.

Can you feel the key seems to turn too easy when returning from start position?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Are you talking about the actuator within the steering column?
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
It turns easy yes
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Now when you turn the key you can see the upper part move
Expert:  Jaybird61 replied 2 months ago.

Yes the actuator inside column that engages the key cylinder to the ignition switch breaks in two and may push the switch to start but will not turn it back.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Ok so when turning the key you can see the rod from the ignition switch down to steering column where it meets dash
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Now it is not moving the rod that the manual ignition switch was in
Expert:  Jaybird61 replied 2 months ago.

The rod is connected to an aluminum linkage inside the column that connects rod to key cylinder. It breaks in two.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
are you saying the aluminum connector is broken?
Expert:  Jaybird61 replied 2 months ago.

Yes it is broken and needs replaced. Here is picture break down of your column. Look at 36 to 39.

http://repairguide.autozone.com/znetrgs/repair_guide_content/en_us/images/0900c152/80/04/e3/df/large/0900c1528004e3df.gif

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
what part exactly do I ask for at parts store to replace?
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Does the whole actuator come in an assembly
Expert:  Jaybird61 replied 2 months ago.

36 and 39 is the most common part that breaks.

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Ok headed to parts store
Expert:  Jaybird61 replied 2 months ago.

Ok. I do not have specific instructions to repair the column. I would recommend purchasing a rebuilt column. 1see this site for removal instructions and how to purchase a rebuilt column. There may be other sites and this is one of many.

http://www.steeringcolumnservices.com/

Expert:  Jaybird61 replied 2 months ago.

See this site for replacement rebuilt columns. This is recommended since the column is hard to repair and no instructions are available to me for you.

http://www.steeringcolumnservices.com/

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Ok ty
Expert:  Jaybird61 replied 2 months ago.
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Expert:  Jaybird61 replied 2 months ago.
Let me know if you have any other questions?
Expert:  Jaybird61 replied 2 months ago.

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