bad steering column?

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Asked by Mar 13, 2010 at 04:04 PM about the 1995 Mercury Cougar 2 Dr XR7 Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I replaced my steering column ignition switch because it was physically damaged & will not turn the car off. I turn it off by pulling a fuse & disconnecting the battery. I can start the car with the new switch but thats it. when i pulled the housing from around the column, i saw  that the key cylnder moves a long part towards the front to engage the engine to start when turned clockwise. Should something be connected to that long peice to turn the engine off when turning the key counter clockwise?

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The pin that you see running down the steering column is the trigger that retracts the key allowing car to start and key to snap back. The same thing happened to my car. I have been told that the easiest thing to do is to replace the stering column from a junk yard. It is a pain in the ass.

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