1988 F150 4x4 ,6 Cyl 5 Spd, vehicle will not start

Asked by Jun 04, 2014 at 12:50 PM about the 1988 Ford F-150 S Standard Cab 4WD LB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

A few days ago the stater had a run on issue , we took the neg wire off battery for a few
minutes then put it back on . The truck started okay but the steering column was
smoking a little. Now today i cannot start the vehicle, it wants to crank but feels like the
inards of the ignition cylinder are not there.How do i take the steering wheel off so i can
check and or replace the cylinder

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Before replacing the cylinder you will have to check for what wires burned up inside the column. Sounds like the ignition cylinder either stuck in the start position, causing the starter to stay engaged, or there was an initial short that occurred when the key was turned and melted a wire. Disconnect the battery before doing anything, especially if there is a air bag involved. Let it sit for about fifteen minutes. The face portion of the steering will probably have to be removed from the back side to access the nut to remove the wheel. The wheel may have to be removed via a steering wheel puller. There may also be a cowl around the steering column which will have to come off to access the wiring. Where there is smoke, there is a definite overheated wire which may have completely melted. You will have to find the location of the smoke, do the repair, before changing the cylinder.

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