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Ignition Cylinder Broke
deadbird Offline
Posting Freak
#1
I have been dealing with this for a while but haven't figured it out. I searched and didn't see anything specific on this.

My ignition turns without the key but not completely. It is loose and I have to play with it sometimes to get it to shut off (no ding ding ding ding). I think it may be part of my problem. (charging issue) What would fix the problem? I had one out of my parts car but the key disappeared.
1987 5 sp.
- 4.6 2v swap.
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Tbird-fanatic Offline
Senior Member
#2
To me it does sound like the cylinder is shot. I have a good cylinder with turbo key sitting here
1988 Tbird TC - in pieces - barn find - mods beginning while restoring
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deadbird Offline
Posting Freak
#3
I have a parts car. I was just wanting to see if there was anything else that would cause it.
1987 5 sp.
- 4.6 2v swap.
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#4
There is a gear on the rear of the lock cyl that moves a rack gear which is connected to a rod that, in turn, moves the ignition switch itself. Either the lock cyl is bad, the gears are worn out, the rod id loose / damaged, or the ignition switch is falling apart. Take it apart and inspect. If its the rack gear / rod that is FUBAR, it is easier to replace the whole column than to take it all apart (ROYAL PITA) and replace the rack gear / rod.

The "ding" has nothing to do with the lock cyl.... there is a wire with a spring contact that grounds the wire whenever the key is in the ignition the wire / contact is located at the lock cyl in the column itself.
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
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deadbird Offline
Posting Freak
#5
Cool Thanks. I will look at it. My neighbor is helping me. Also trying to fix many other things.
1987 5 sp.
- 4.6 2v swap.
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