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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-21-07, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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1990 F150 Ignition/Shifter Problem - Newbie

Hi Guys,

Newbie here.

I have a 1990 F150 pickup.

One day the truck just did not start from inside the truck. If I turned the key to the start position and jump the solenoid, the truck starts right away.

When I turn the key to the start position, there does not seem to be any tension on the key and it does not spring back.

I changed the key cylinder; no change so I put the old one back in.

I bought an ignition switch; while I was messing around trying to find out how the heck I can get at the nuts securing the switch I realized that the shifter would not move out of the park position. The steering wheel unlocks and normally the shifter could move but it is stuck.

Before I mess any more with the actual electric switch portion on the top of the steering column, I want to find out why the shifter is not moving. Maybe it is not the switch.

HELP!

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Re: 1990 F150 Ignition/Shifter Problem - Newbie

If the key does not spring back, it still may be the ignition switch. (It may even just be out of adjustment).You need to drop the coulumn down for easiest change. It may or may not solve the shifter problem. You do have the brake pedal pushed and the key turned to on position while trying to move the shifter out of park?
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Re: 1990 F150 Ignition/Shifter Problem - Newbie

Thanks. Yes, I do have the key on was stepping on the brake. I found a steering column expert that does home visits. Could not wait any longer.

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If the key does not spring back, it still may be the ignition switch. (It may even just be out of adjustment).You need to drop the coulumn down for easiest change. It may or may not solve the shifter problem. You do have the brake pedal pushed and the key turned to on position while trying to move the shifter out of park?
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