Drove my Bronco to a friends house about a mile away, no problem. Came out
after 30 minutes and was unable to start the truck. I put the key in the
ignition, turn it to the start position, the fuel pump makes the noise it
makes, but the key doesn't seem to have that feel like it is making contact
with whatever it is supposed to make contact with to start (the feel of
pushing against a switch). The key doesn't spring back from the start
position to the run position.
Next day went back and friend shorted the solenoid with the key in the start
position - started the truck first time. He suggested replacing the
solenoid which I did, but still no luck. I also replaced the key assembly
in the column, with no success. What do I check next? Why am I not feeling
spring pressure between run and start positions and why is the key not
springing back from start to run positions?
I'd be grateful for any suggestions!
There's a little pot metal actuator rod in the column. The key switch
pushes it and it activates the actual contacts down the column. They're
prone to breakage. I've bought them at the dealer, but I've also seen them
in the Help section at Advance. I'm 99% sure from what you describe that
yours is broken.
The other replies are to replace the actuator, but my instinct is that the
switch itself it toast. The good news is, the repair activity is the same,
or nearly the same.
The Ignition Switch has a spring inside that gives you the "return" feeling
that you report as missing. When my linkage parts broke, the switch worked
perfectly to Start the truck, but felf odd when attempting to shut it off
As another Replay states, the job is a bit of a pain in the ass, but you
don't need any special tools. You can fix this at home ...
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