ignition lock cylinder replacement


Asked by Mar 17, 2016 at 03:50 PM about the 1994 Ford F-250 2 Dr XL 4WD Standard Cab LB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I removed the old cylinder with ease, and making sure to not rotate the key in the new cylinder I inserted it. It locked into place, but will only rotate between 'on' and 'off', not ahead to 'start' or back to lock the column and remove the key.

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So the ignition switch is out of adjustment or even bad, or the pinion gear on the key is out of time with the ignition rack. Go down the column and unbolt the ignition switch and then see if the key will rotate back to lock the wheel and the key comes out, if so then replace the ignition switch and adjust properly. If not then you will have ti disassemble the steering column enough to retime the ignition pinion and rack. HTH

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I pulled the ignition switch, but the key still wouldn't rotate enough to remove the key.


Please explain the 'retime the ignition pinion and rack'.

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In the circle is the rack, they call it an actuator rod assembly. Double click pic.

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Don't worry about it. I have to change out the whole column. Thanks.


Bummer but that can fix a lot of problems you may have or will have shortly, like the steering bearings going out or a broken shift tube.


Thanks for the points.


The bearings were gone and the upper column was all eaten up from the lower bearing parts being ground around in there. There were even parts from an old upper bearing that were still inside after the upper bearing had been replaced. Chalk it all up for experience.


Do you have a diagram that details the bearings and related parts in the steering column?

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something like this.

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I want to thank you again for all of your help. Can I ask you another question? What other models and range of years use the same steering column as me? (1994 f250) Need to know so I can find another one. Thanks, again.


I believe it was 90 to 95 or 94, and it didn't make any difference if it was a half or 3/4 ton they were the same.

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