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Experience:  Lead Technician at Tire Kingdom Auto Care
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Ignition key cylinder lock will not go into lock position,

Customer Question

Ignition key cylinder lock will not go into lock position, so key won't come out. I assume actuator slipped a tooth or something like that? 1990 F-150. Thanks
JA: Is the key stripped or worn?
Customer: No, fairly new cylinder and key
JA: Are you fixing your F150 yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Removed cylinder, unbolted ignition switch so it would slide. Removed actuator rod from ignition switch, and it moves as key is turned (put cylinder back in to test), but will not allow key to go all the way into lock position...but almost
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: Will it require a steering column breakdown?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Angel Martinez replied 9 months ago.

There is a shift lock setup, if the shift selector is not fully in park it stops you from removing the key, like if you shut the vehicle off while its in drive. it does the same. and those year ford had a problem with the shift select indicator not being in the correct position, like you're in drive but it shows 2.