Mechanics

I NEED HELP PLEASE

1992 Ford Ranger • 150,000 miles

I have a 1992 ford ranger the motor keeps dieing for no apparent reason it will not start back up until I turn the ignition all the way off then crank and it will start it seems if I push the ignition firmly into the column it doesnt appear to stall as much but that could be my imagination do you know what could cause this problem
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Rkawamoto
September 6, 2012.



What if you gently move the key around while its running will it die?

Saturntech9
Sep 6, 2012.
Nope

Tiny
Rkawamoto
Sep 6, 2012.
The problem seemed to get worse like it just didnt happen it would happen once in a while an now the only way I can drive it is to have my hand on the key all the time an wen it dies I just turn it off an then back on

Tiny
Rkawamoto
Sep 6, 2012.
Could. Be a bad ignition switch or another issue. Do you have any codes?

Saturntech9
Sep 6, 2012.
No that sounds like a bad ignition switch.

Saturntech9
Sep 6, 2012.
Meaning the part that I put the key in or the electrical thing thats down on the column that the rod goes into from the keyed part

Tiny
Rkawamoto
Sep 6, 2012.
Your going to. Have to look and see if its the switch or linkage.

Saturntech9
Sep 7, 2012.
What I meant was is it the key tumbler thing or is it the electronic switch thing that the rod goes into that is mounted on the col8umn

Tiny
Rkawamoto
Sep 7, 2012.
Your going to have see which it is I can't tell because I can't see what's going. On
I would suspect the switch.

Saturntech9
Sep 7, 2012.
I went and bought the electronic switch and that didnt help it does the same thing was testing it with the electronic part just hanging there using a screw driver dont really know if the key part of the ignition could cause it to do that or not but one thing with in the last month ive been able to start my truck without the keys in it just by turning the little levers they have that u put the keys into I just dont know what to think

Tiny
Rkawamoto
Sep 7, 2012.
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