1988 F150 ignition

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Old 02-08-08, 01:08 PM
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1988 F150 ignition

1988 Ford F150 ignition.
When key is turned, excessive play in the turn and no electrical contact made to spin starter. Examination by mechanic showed battery and connections to be ok, starter to be functioning, solenoid to be ok, starter switch to be ok. Replaced ignition lock cylinder hoping to eliminate looseness in ignition, but discovered that there appears to be side to side movement in the actuator rod leading from the ignition lock down to ignition switch on bottom of steering column.The mechanic found that the truck had been converted to an automatic transmission which probably changed the steering column in some way significant but not obvious. Is there some sort of retaining device or stabilizing retainer for that actuator rod that would prevent sideways movement of the actuator rod (which prevents the spring loaded appearance of the ignition lock from the start position)? Perhaps somewhere hidden just below the ignition lock under the steering column covering? Also, where is the transmission neutral switch located? I suspect that it is either non functioning or perhaps needing adjustment. Is there any other area to investigate that could cause a non start situation?
 
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The neutral safety switch is right at the shift linkage connection to the transmission. There are a couple of different configurations, depending on the transmission you have, but it's all at that location.

The most obvious two places, considering the modifications at hand are the two you've already thought of - the ignition switch rod and the transmission switch. I don't know if the side play would be affecting the function of the ignition switch, but the throw of it certainly could.

Hope this helps,

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1988 Ford F150 ignition.
When key is turned, excessive play in the turn and no electrical contact made to spin starter. Examination by mechanic showed battery and connections to be ok, starter to be functioning, solenoid to be ok, starter switch to be ok. Replaced ignition lock cylinder hoping to eliminate looseness in ignition, but discovered that there appears to be side to side movement in the actuator rod leading from the ignition lock down to ignition switch on bottom of steering column.The mechanic found that the truck had been converted to an automatic transmission which probably changed the steering column in some way significant but not obvious. Is there some sort of retaining device or stabilizing retainer for that actuator rod that would prevent sideways movement of the actuator rod (which prevents the spring loaded appearance of the ignition lock from the start position)? Perhaps somewhere hidden just below the ignition lock under the steering column covering? Also, where is the transmission neutral switch located? I suspect that it is either non functioning or perhaps needing adjustment. Is there any other area to investigate that could cause a non start situation?
did this just start? did you just buy it and it won't start? how did you get it to the mechanic? the box the rod attaches too, does it need adjusting so as to make contact? if you unplug the box and jump the wires does it turn over? if you jump a hot wire to the switch side of the solonid, does it turn over/start?
 
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