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Old 07-13-2006, 18:23   #1 (permalink)
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ignition problem--93 escort

I did a search and found a few issues similar to my own, but either no answers or the problem wasn't quite the same. So I'll try again.

The other day when I tried to start the car, the key turned but didn't snap back from the start position. The car didn't start or turn over, but it was on--the lights, radio, etc. still worked. But now I was unable to turn the car back off; I had to disconnect the battery.

From someone else's post, I first thought it might be the ignition switch, but with the other poster, the key turned normally. My key doesn't turn normally, since it doesn't spring back from the ignition position. So I thought it might be something in the key cylinder.

So we tore the steering wheel off and the multi-function switch, but now we can't seem to figure out any way at all to get the cylinder out to replace it. We can order the part from a parts store, so it seems like it should be replaceable, but we can't find any way to get it off the steering column. Any suggestions?

Here are links to some pictures of the cylinder:
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Old 07-13-2006, 18:34   #2 (permalink)
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Re: ignition problem--93 escort

Hello,Take a look under the cylinder assembly.There is a rusty looking bracket with 2 odd looking fasteners.They attach cylinder 2 column.cut a slot thru the middle of fastener.Remove fastener with screw driver.

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If I cut the fastener and pry it off, how do I reattach the new cylinder when i get it?
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I thought those had a hole under the cylinder where you push a strong small pick into it to compress the locking mechanism and turn the key to "on" to remove it? I may be confused with how newer ones are released.
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I thought those had a hole under the cylinder where you push a strong small pick into it to compress the locking mechanism and turn the key to "on" to remove it? I may be confused with how newer ones are released.
We thought that too, but couldn't get it to work at all, so maybe the newer ones don't work like that. I dunno.

Madman, I finally realized what you meant--I was thinking you meant to cut a slot through the bracket itself and pry it off the steering column! We did finally get the screws out and the bracket off, so now I'm in the process of chasing down the right part.
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