Good suggestion Steve.
My little "rack and pinion" broke in 5 assorted pieces last year when we had a week of -15° to -20° (F) temps.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img]
The key was really
hard to turn.
Squirting oil in the lock cylinder just made a mess of the paint on the column, and didn't really help my situation.
Got new parts directly from the Ford dealer, about $20.00, and I lubed em up with synthetic grease.
No trouble since.
Incidentally, they had about 10 sets of those replacement parts on the shelf.
Hmmmm, sounds like a pretty common problem.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
That tilt column is a b double i t c h to work on though!
WD-40 Reverend Grip-Shift
85 Bronco XLT, '69 351W, C6-Shift Kit, 9"-Detroit, Dana 44-Tru Trac, 2" Lift, 33X12.5s