Mechanics

SPORT TRAC BRAKE LIGHTS

2001 Ford Explorer • 6 cylinder 4WD Automatic • 120,000 miles

2001 ford explorer sport track. 3rd brake light works both tail lamps dont. Neither does the trailer hookup. Its is not bulbs, fuses, or the switch behind the pedal. The flashers and the turn signals work. Ive heard that it could be the turn signal switch. Is there a way to test this? Or is it something else?
Avatar
Rdpowerranger
December 31, 2010.



LOCK CYLINDER

Removal & Installation (Functional)

Disconnect negative battery cable. Disable air bag system. See appropriate AIR BAG RESTRAINT
SYSTEMS article. Turn ignition switch to RUN position. Insert a 1/8" drill bit or wire through access
hole in lower steering column cover (below lock cylinder). See Fig. 7. Press retaining pin inward
and pull out lock cylinder. To install, lubricate lock cylinder. Turn lock cylinder to RUN position.
Press retaining pin inward and insert lock cylinder into housing. To install, reverse removal
procedure.
Fig. 7: Identifying Lower Steering Column Cover Access Hole
Courtesy of FORD MOTOR CO.
Removal (Non-Functional)

1. Disconnect negative battery cable. Disable air bag system. See appropriate AIR BAG
RESTRAINT SYSTEMS article. Remove steering wheel. See STEERING WHEEL. Using
channel lock pliers, twist lock cylinder cap until it separates from lock cylinder.
2. Using a 1/8" drill bit, drill out lock cylinder retaining pin, located below lock cylinder on
housing. Using a 3/8" drill bit, drill down center of ignition lock key slot about 1 3/4", until
lock cylinder breaks loose from its base.
3. Remove retainer, bearing, ignition switch and actuator. Remove shavings from housing.
Installation

1. Replace column housing if damaged. Install lock cylinder gear, bearing, and retainer into lock
cylinder bore in column housing. Ensure ignition switch is in RUN position, by rotating
ignition switch shaft fully clockwise to START position, then releasing shaft. Install ignition
switch while holding lock actuator at correct depth.
2. Align lock cylinder gear keyway with slot in ignition switch shaft. Rotate NEW lock cylinder
to RUN position. Press lock cylinder retaining pin inward. Install lock cylinder. Ensure lock
cylinder is fully seated and aligned.
3. Rotate lock cylinder to LOCK position, to release retaining pin into hole in column housing.
Install lower and upper column shrouds. Install steering wheel. Connect negative battery cable.
Check AIR BAG light for proper system function.
WARNING: Deactivate air bag system before performing any service
operation involving steering column components. See
appropriate AIR BAG RESTRAINT SYSTEMS article. Do not apply
electrical power to any component on steering column without
first deactivating air bag system. Air bag may deploy.
NOTE: Use this procedure to remove ignition lock cylinder if key is missing or
cylinder is frozen.
MULTIFUNCTION SWITCH

Removal & Installation

Disconnect negative battery cable. Remove lock cylinder. See LOCK CYLINDER. Twist tilt lever
handle counterclockwise and remove handle (if equipped). Remove upper and lower steering column
covers. Remove multifunction switch retaining screws. Disconnect multifunction switch harness
connectors and remove switch. To install, reverse removal procedure.

WARNING: Deactivate air bag system before performing any service
operation involving steering column components. See
appropriate AIR BAG RESTRAINT SYSTEMS article. Do not apply
electrical power to any component on steering column without
first deactivating air bag system. Air bag may deploy.


Merlin2021
Dec 31, 2010.