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I drive a 1987 f250...
I drive a 1987 f250. I replaced the ignition switch in it yesterday and now the freaking switch wont stay in the on position, because the thing that springs it back is springing it way to far. when that started happening I put my old switch back in and now its happening to that one too. Note when I replaced it the first time it was because it there was cracking in the plastic and it would NOT spring back far enough.
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Ford Mechanic: Virtual Wrench, Ford Mechanic replied 3 years ago
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Hello,
Did you happen to notice that where the 2 screws are that hold the switch to the column go through slotted holes(not regular round holes) this is for adjusting the switch. Did you see them?
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
no I did not? where would they be Located?
Ford Mechanic: Virtual Wrench, Ford Mechanic replied 3 years ago
They are the holes on the switch where you put the screws through. Once you install the switch, making SURE the actuator rod goes in the slider hole in the switch, just loosely tighten the screws then slide the switch up or down to find the desired position.
Below are the instructions.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/33691145/Ignition%20switch.pdf
Let me try to find another diagram of the switch showing the holes but i think you know which ones i mean...be right back.
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Ford Mechanic: Virtual Wrench, Ford Mechanic replied 3 years ago
Hi,
Here is the switch with red marks where the slotted holes are. Follow those instructions and you will get it set right.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/33691145/switch.PNG
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
ok that why I was a little confused when you said two holes haha. sorry maybe if I call it the right part first. im working on the ignition cylinder lock. Or would I do the same thing?
Sorry a thousand times for saying the wrong part
Ford Mechanic: Virtual Wrench, Ford Mechanic replied 3 years ago
It's a common mistake, no problem.
Let me look into that...be right back
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Ford Mechanic: Virtual Wrench, Ford Mechanic replied 3 years ago
Hi,
Below are the instructions for the lock cylinder, but the "spring action" is inside the ignition switch itself and i really think it needs to be adjusted or the rod that goes from the lock cylinder to the switch is bent.
Try loosening the 2 screws on the switch and push it down lower on the column and test it. You might have to go the other way and pull it up towards the steering wheel to get the best adjustment.
Look over the instructions on the lock cylinder anyway.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/33691145/lock%20cylinder.pdf
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Ford Mechanic: Virtual Wrench, Ford Mechanic replied 3 years ago
Hi,
Did ya figure it out bud?
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