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How do i replace ignition switch on a 98 taurus?

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how do i replace ignition switch on a 98 taurus?
Hello, not too bad of a job just no pictures to send. Once you remove the lower instrument cover under the column, you will look up and see the switch about 2/3 of the way down the column. It will have a fairly large plug going to it. Swich is located right around the area where column bolts up to dash. 2 screws hold switch on column. Once you remove it, you will see a rod. You have to have key In RUN and then line up rod on new switch and screw back into place. then plug it in.


  1. Disconnect battery ground cable.
  2. Remove lower instrument panel steering column cover.
  3. Rotate ignition switch lock cylinder to the RUN position.
  4. Disconnect the ignition switch electrical connector.
  5. Remove the two screws retaining ignition switch.
  6. Disengage the ignition switch from the actuator.


  1. Adjust the ignition switch by sliding the carrier to the ignition switch RUN position.

NOTE: A new replacement ignition switch assembly will be set in the RUN position as received.

  1. Make sure that the ignition switch lock cylinder is in the RUN position. The RUN position is achieved by rotating the ignition switch lock cylinder approximately 90 degrees from the LOCK position.
  2. Install the ignition switch pin into the actuator. It may be necessary to move the ignition switch slightly back and forth to align the ignition switch mounting holes with the lock cylinder housing threaded holes.
  3. Install retaining screws. Tighten to 5.6 - 7.9 Nm (50 - 69 inch lbs.) .
  4. Connect electrical connector to ignition switch.
  5. Connect battery ground cable. Check ignition switch for proper function, including START and ACC positions. Also, make certain that the column is in the LOCK position.
  6. Install lower instrument panel steering column cover with screws.

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
how is steering column cover attached?

  1. Remove two screws retaining instrument panel steering column cover to instrument panel. Remove instrument panel steering column cover.
  2. Remove screws retaining instrument panel brace to instrument panel. Remove interior light socket from brace. Remove brace.


  1. Follow removal procedure in reverse order.
  2. Tighten screws to 7-10 N.m (62-88 Lb-In) .

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