I have a 1972 LTD SW that does not get driven very much. Last time I had it
going was last December. Ran good. I can't get it started now. As I turn the
key, no light oil pressure light ever comes on and no cranking. If I go to
accessory position, I can get radio to come on and run windows up and down.
The battery is charged and OK. I suspect the ignition switch. For the last
year I would have to have the switch just in the right position for the
radio and windows to work. It seemed that the ignition switch was failing.
Should I change the switch? Is it very difficult to do this.
When I switch to On, there is no power to radio, dash board (Alt light),
windows. This was a flaky position several months ago, I had to have it just
so. Now nothing, so it seems the switch is the one.
If I go to the starter solenoid, I can crank the starter, so battery is
good. I thought if I removed the dashboard I could get access to the
ignition switch, but no way. Do I need to remove the bracket holding the
steering wheel in place so that the steering wheel shaft moves down thus
getting access to the ignition switch.
I had a Ford LTD, 1972 if memory serves. I had a similar problem. The
car would not start unless I pressed the key in just the right
direction. I took off the steering column cover, and found the switch
was coming apart because of a faultily design. The switch is attached
to the column by two screws that have the heads broken off.
(anti-theft protection) You will need a screw extraction kit to remove
them. (ie- drill them out) It is an easy repair once you know what to
do. The bad news? The replacement switch went bad a couple of years
later- same failure mechanism.
On Wed, 14 Apr 2010 14:17:31 -0700, "pestocat"
My problem is I don't see a way to get to the switch. I took off the covers
below the shift lever and the rod to the switch goes below the dash board.
Do I loosen the steering column to expose the switch.
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