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Old 09-14-2005, 23:01   #1 (permalink)
bobbywin@gmail.com
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'90 T-Bird electrical probs - Ignition switch?

T-Bird won't start sometimes. Turns over fine, but nothing seems to get
to plugs. When it happens, seat belt doesn't move when key is turned.
Seat belt always slides into position over the door "when engine is
going to start". Foot is on brake pedal and shifter is in park.

For months I couldn't predict if radio would come on whenever engine is
started, but clock always displays properly. Now having problem
starting engine.

Key holder on steering column doesn't always line up with slot, and has
play in it.

Could the problem be with the ignition switch? Intermittent electrical
probelms are hard to trace. Anyone have any experience with this? Will
have to fix it, myself. Any tips are appreciated.

Thanks . . . Bob

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Old 09-15-2005, 05:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: '90 T-Bird electrical probs - Ignition switch?

Relpace the ignition switch in the steering column. The switches of that
era were not quite as good as they should have been and yours has seen a lot
of action in 15 years. It is not a difficult job but having a manual with
you makes it a lot easier. The part is not terribly expensive, either. I
think even the cheap Haynes or Motors books will show it but look it up
before you buy the book just to be sure. The local library may also have
manuals, you could photocopy the pages about this.

PoD

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<bobbywin@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> T-Bird won't start sometimes. Turns over fine, but nothing seems to get
> to plugs. When it happens, seat belt doesn't move when key is turned.
> Seat belt always slides into position over the door "when engine is
> going to start". Foot is on brake pedal and shifter is in park.
>
> For months I couldn't predict if radio would come on whenever engine is
> started, but clock always displays properly. Now having problem
> starting engine.
>
> Key holder on steering column doesn't always line up with slot, and has
> play in it.
>
> Could the problem be with the ignition switch? Intermittent electrical
> probelms are hard to trace. Anyone have any experience with this? Will
> have to fix it, myself. Any tips are appreciated.
>
> Thanks . . . Bob
>



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Old 09-15-2005, 11:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: '90 T-Bird electrical probs - Ignition switch?

There was a recall on that year T-bird that also affected my 90 Escort.
The ignition switch was replaced with a revised design, the number was
95S28. Maybe your T-bird was affected by it and wasn't serviced?

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Old 09-15-2005, 11:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: '90 T-Bird electrical probs - Ignition switch?

Subject:
Safety Recall 95S28 - Ignition Switch Replacement

^ All 1989-1990 Model Year Escort

^ All 88 EXP

^ All 1988-1993 Model Year Mustang
Build date thru Sept. 30, 1992

^ All 1988-1993 Model Year Thunderbird and Cougar
Build date thru Sept. 30, 1992

^ All 1988-1993 Model Year Tempo and Topaz
Build date thru Sept. 30, 1992

^ All 1988-1989 Model Year Crown Victoria and Grand Marquis

^ All 1988-1989 Model Year Lincoln Town Car

^ All 1988-1991 Model Year Aerostar

^ All 1988-1991 Model Year Bronco and F-Series Light Trucks


In OASIS: Yes

Listings: Yes

Parts Return: No

Recall Time Limitation: None

^ Please read and circulate these instructions to your Service and
Parts personnel.

^ Dealership personnel should become familiar with this recall and be
able to respond to owner inquiries.

^ Please ensure servicing technicians understand and comply with the
technical instructions for this recall.


Affected Vehicles

There are approximately 248,000 vehicles affected by this action.

Reason For Recall

On some of the affected vehicles, a short circuit could develop in the
ignition switch that could lead to overheating, smoke, and possibly
fire in the steering column area of the vehicle. The condition may
occur while the vehicle is in use or unattended.

Service Action

To correct this potential condition, the ignition switch will be
replaced with a revised design switch. The wiring in the upper steering
column area will also be inspected for the installation of any
aftermarket electrical accessories. If an improper installation is
noted, you are to advise the customer of the need to have the condition
corrected. These correction costs are not part of this recall.

Refunds

Only for owner/dealer-paid ignition switch replacements and made before
receipt of the owner letter or after receipt of the owner letter if an
emergency replacement was made away from the selling dealer.

NOTE :Refund requests concerned in any manner with fire-related damage
are to be forwarded on a goodwill facsimile request form, for review,
to the Customer Assistance Centre at 1-800-387-7988. Retain original
supporting documentation in your records.

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Old 09-17-2005, 13:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: '90 T-Bird electrical probs - Ignition switch?

Thanks, guys.

I went to the NHTSA website & got the ignition recall info there. For
any who might read this later, the "Ford Campaign Number" is 95S28, and
the "NHTSA Recall Number" is 96V0071000. It applies to a bunch of
different Ford models from 1988-1993. No mileage or warantee
limitations.

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