1993 Ford Tempo Ignition Switch Problem


Old 09-01-08, 10:33 AM
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1993 Ford Tempo Ignition Switch Problem

The ignition on this car has been getting hard to turn like as if I was using wrong key, but I tried a newer key with same results.
Most of the time it is okay but it is very loose and one of these days it is going to leave me stranded.
I have to be very careful as this thing has alot of play in the key switch.
The same thing happened to my wifes 1990 Ford E-150 van.
The Tempo has 190K original miles on it
Is this a fix for a do it yourselfer?
Or am I at the mercy of a garage.
Thanks for any help you can give.
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Old 09-01-08, 04:02 PM
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It can be a DIY. You will probably have to rent a steering wheel puller at an auto parts store. If you have a book for this car it ahould help you a lot. Just be careful using the puller.
Old 09-03-08, 04:18 PM
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i had same issue with my taurus. i simply got fed up with it, removed the lock cylinder, and started it with a flathead screwdriver. there was a slot left in the lock after cylinder removal. drove like this for long time. removal was easy, small screw underneath the lock housing holding cylinder in place.
you can replace cylinder, then have to deal with seperate keys for doors and ignition.
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Thanks guys, from what I have read here I may have to remove the wheel, that would be beyond me, trying to get the horn button plastic off and maybe messing up me directional lights,etc.
WTDR-DTY, Removing that "screw" under the cylinder, do I need to remove the steering wheel to get at it?
Thanks for the info.

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