I have a 1993 Ford Escort and I can't turn the car off. the key is stuck in the ignition and won' turn backward, it's stuck in the on position. I can start my car but can't shut it off unless I unplug a cable or disconnect the battery. What the heck is going on? I've tried everything I can think of to try to unlock the ignition.... NO LUCK!!! Please help me

Asked by Aug 15, 2014 at 01:57 AM about the 1993 Ford Escort 2 Dr LX Hatchback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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Get the engine off. Disconnect the battery. Open up the steering column so that the ignition switch is exposed. Get a paper clip and straight it out. Look around the ignition switch for a small hole. Insert the the paper clip in the hole. Turn the key and pull gently. The ignition assembly should slide right out. Now you can get a replacement or use a screwdriver to start and shut off the engine.

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