Mechanics

HOW TO CHANGE IGNITION SWITCH

2000 Ford Contour • 147,000 miles

I have been looking all over the internet and cannot find any instructions on how to change the Ignition Switch in my 2000 Ford Contour. I tried to start my car this morning and with teh key in the ignition, it turns through all the positions, but when you turn the key to try and crank it, nothing happens. The lights dont turn off, headlights dont dim, and the key is kinda, for lack of a better word, stuck in the crank position, and doesnt spring back when you let go of the key.
I can turn the key back manually so the key is not stuck in the ignition cylinder. I replaced the ignition cylinder and the issuer persisted so the only thing that I can think of is that dern ignition switch.

Any thoughts or instructions to get to the switch would be mighty helpful.
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Sterling.rios
February 10, 2012.




Its mounted on the lower steering column on top.
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Cadieman
Feb 10, 2012.
A linkage rod goes from the key to the ing. Switch.U can unbolt it then remove it. Then u can use a screwdriver to test it. It may not be your problem it maybe in the column.

Cadieman
Feb 10, 2012.
Thanks for the answers. Found it just behind the steering wheel after taking off the plastic panels around the steering column. 2 screws, and an electrical clip later it was done very quickly.

Found the problem too, it was indeed the ignition switch, the piece in the middle where the linkage rod goes into to turn it was broken. Stupid plastic, heh.

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Sterling.rios
Feb 11, 2012.
Good deal ty for using 2carpros

Cadieman
Feb 11, 2012.

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