On my 95 Escort, when I take out the key and with lights off, the beeper
still sounds when the door is opened. Three independent ASE service places
have worked on it and two different Ford dealers have replaced the ignition
switch. Each time it is fixed for about two or three days and then it starts
beeping again when it shouldn't be beeping. The last time I took it back to
the Ford dealer after they put in a new ignition switch, they sprayed the
new switch with graphite which of course did nothing to solve the problem. I
would think it shouldn't be rocket science for a Ford dealer or ASE service
center to replace an ignition switch correctly. I now have over $600 into a
stupid switch. Does Ford have any qualified technicians who know how to
replace an ignition switch?
Well, maybe none of them replaced anything, but I have two receipts from
Ford dealers that indicate "ignition switch replacement" and I was billed
for a new switch and labor each time. I'll agree, a receipt wouldn't
necessarily mean any work was actually done, which may be the reason it
still doesn't work right. It has been my experience that dealers aren't any
more honest than the ASE mechanics I've been to. It's a nasty world out
Yep, push in on the ignition switch and it'll stop beeping but only while
I'm pressing against it. Sometimes I can push in on the switch and remove
the key very slowly and have it not beep for about 10 seconds or so, but
then it moves out a little less than an eighth of an inch and the beeper
starts. Seems to be spring loaded. Another mechanic who hasn't worked on it
said they probably didn't put the ground wire in correctly and it's shorting
to the case. He said it's tricky. Perhaps, but for $200 isn't this what Ford
mechanics are trained to do?
first, the chime has nothing to do with the ignition switch. the chime is
part of the key cylinder assembly.
if the chime does not stop when the key is removed, the plunger in the key
cylinder needs to be adjusted.
A total of 5 mechanics have looked at and listened to this problem,
charged me for switch replacement and none of them could adjust a plunger.
Obviously I've been cheated. The question now is, who knows how to adjust
the plunger? Should I have been going to a locksmith instead of to a Ford
Maybe you should stick with 1 dealer/tech instead 5 different ones that
start with the same basic check and replace the obvious.
If you are not satisfied with your repair, bring it back, talk to a manager,
thats why you have warranty on the repair.
And take my word for it, if you have a attitude like your showing here, do
you think they will go the extra mile to help you with YOUR problem
Haveyou ever diagnosed a intermittent problem, like a wire rubbing to ground
and it stops doing it after the first speed bump.
Its not always that easy, be patient and return the car.
You make too many assumptions without knowing anything about the situation.
The last time I attempted to have it repaired, I was on a trip 600 miles
from here. The timing belt let go so I told the Ford dealer to fix the chime
while he had the car in there for the timing belt. Now you expect me to
drive 600 miles back there for service. I don't think so. The dealer before
that was 1000 miles from here, two days before the company relocated me and
now you say I should drive 1000 miles for service and you say I have an
attitude because I won't drive halfway across the country to return to their
service department. If you don't know the facts you shouldn't offer useless
This sounds more like a failure of the chime switch which used to be a part
of the ignition tumbler cylinder assembly the key goes in instead of the
actual ignition switch. Now, I admit I haven't looked inside a steering
column for a few years, but the actual ignition switch used to be a bit
farther down the column and was operated by a lever that was connected to
the key assembly. Different wires for the chime thingie.
Bob, have you tried different keys? Maybe the key is loose enough in the
lock cylinder to allow the chime to switch on (yep, it's a long shot...)
The last time I needed a new tumbler, my local parts discount place had
them. It was a fairly quick replacement, I just had to remove the steering
column cover - a couple of screws. It probably wouldn't hurt to disconnect
the battery and wait a bit - no sense tickling an air bag, even tho you
shouldn't be close to it.
I hope it works!
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