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Re: Key switch problem 91 f-150
Well I've finaly fixed it sigh..... Now I know why the dealer wants so much to do it!! The part is only $8.99 but it is a royal pain in the ass to fix with a tilt coluum. Might not be so bad at all in a non-tilt. Here is a walk through for anyone else that ever has to endure this.
Tools needed. Philips screwdriver, Flat head screwdriver, Snap-ring plyers, Vise grips, hammer, stearing wheel puller(My harmonic dampener puller worked on mine), Ratchet 9/16,5/8,1/2 and 1" sockets. a assortment of machine screws. Needle nose plyers. Alen wrenchs
Remove the front cover of the steering wheel off the screws are on the back of it. Remove the nut holding the stearing wheel on and remove wheel with puller. Unscrew turn signal lever and remove turn signal switch (2 screws) now unplug the turnsignal switch harness its at the bottom of the coluum and you can pull it out of your way enough to finish the job. Now remove the first section of collor thers are 3 screws holding it in. Next take the needle nose plyers and pull the drift pin at the bottom of the tilt lock. Now run the machine screws into the threaded drift pins on both sides that the assembly pivots on. Now to pull the pins clamp vise-grips on the screw and lightly tap them out with the hammer hitting the vise grips as close to the collum as possible. use snap ring plyers too remove the center bearing and now you can pull off this assembly.( watch out for the large spring) Now remove the fuse box cover and remove the 2 bolts holding the coluum up. Now use the alen wrench to remove the 3 screws holding the last collor in place they are on the backside of it. Now remove the ignition switch from the coluum. You can now slide the broken actuator and rod for the ignition switch out. Re-assembly is alot easier than taking it apart believe it or not. Make sure and take your time and not loose any parts. I don't recomend this job for people with little paitence. It took me about 3 house from start to finish. Good luck to anyone else that has to mess with this. Any questions feel free to ask.