When starting my 91 full sized Bronco I have to put the tilt wheel in the complete down position for the starter to engage, any other position and the guages & fuel pump power up but the starter does not. Any suggestions on how to repair this? Thanks
There is a gear rack (driven by a pinion gear on the ignition lock cylinder) that works thru an arc slot to push & pull the ignition switch operating rod - they are notorious for breaking because they're made of pot metal. They're also famous for being a major PITA to disassemble & reassemble. The parts are still available from Ford (can't remember how much, but I think around $40) and it's kinda obvious how to pull it apart if you look at it carefully as you go. The worst part will be reassembling the rod, rack, & pinion in the proper orientation for the key to work, so observe & memorize (or photograph) as you do it. You'll also need a hardened (Allen-heads work well) screw (I think maybe 10-24x1???) or two to pull the tilt pins. With the screws in the pins, you can use any pliers (I use diagonal cutters) to pull on the screws & withdraw the pins.
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BTW You might be able to pay someone to do it for you...
Your ignition switch may be out of position. I just experienced the problem Steve talked about. When the metal breaks, you are stuck. I could not get my Bronco out of park.
The switch is mounted on the column by two stud/nut combos. If you were fooling around, you may have pulled the wiring harness out just enough to make partial contact. Either way, you're in for a treat...
I hadn't thought about the switch! If that's all it is, you can pull the column cover and the dash trim panel below the column to get to it and adjust it. I doubt you'll find a published procedure anywhere, but I'd loosen the fasteners slightly, turn the key to RUN, loosen them more, and slide the switch to the center of the RUN position before fully retightening the fasteners. ('80-? use nuts; ?-'97 use tamper-Torx.)
Just thought I would let you know the problem was the ignition switch under the dash, it looks like the rod from the key switch had worn the hole a little bigger in the plastic on the switch & when the wheel was tilted it moved the rod enough to engage the starter circut, I replaced the switch for $14.00 and it works fine now, thanks for the help!