Mechanics

IGNITION SWITCH

1998 Ford Contour

Electrical problem
1998 Ford Contour 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 169, 00 miles

I have a contour and I can't get my key to go into the ignition alll the way in order to start the vehicle. What does this mean and how can I fix the problem.
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Marwri5699
March 11, 2009.




IGNITION KEY DIFFICULT TO INSERT/REMOVE
TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN
Reference Number(s): 98-12-6, 98-21-14, Date of Issue: October 26, 1998
Superceded Bulletin(s): 98-12-6, Date of Issue: June 22, 1998
Related Ref Number(s): 98-12-6, 98-21-14
ARTICLE BEGINNING
IGNITION SWITCH - HIGH EFFORT IGNITION KEY INSERTION/REMOVAL AND/OR KEY CHIMES SOUND WITH DOOR OPEN AND IGNITION KEY REMOVED
APPLICATION
Model(s): Ford: 1998 Contour
Lincoln-Mercury: 1998 Mystique
1999 Cougar
Bulletin No.: 98-21-14
Date: October 26, 1998
NOTE:This bulletin supersedes Technical Service Bulletin 98-12-6 dated June 22, 1998.

ISSUE
The ignition key may be difficult to insert or remove and/or key chimes may sound with the ignition key removed and driver's door open on some vehicles. This may be caused by internal design characteristics in the ignition lock cylinder increasing insertion/removal efforts which may allow the lock cylinder to stick.
ACTION
Install a revised ignition lock cylinder. The revised ignition lock cylinder should reduce the possibility of high insertion/removal efforts and ensure proper chime function. Refer to the following SERVICE PROCEDURE for details.
SERVICE PROCEDURE
Verify customer concern.
Observe the ignition lock cylinder as the key is removed. If the lock cylinder snaps outward to the non-depressed position and the chimes stop sounding, continue to Step 3. If it does not snap outward, replace the ignition lock cylinder with the appropriate cylinder by referring to the Parts Block in this article.
Insert and remove the ignition key from the lock cylinder. If binding or high efforts are encountered, replace the ignition lock cylinder.
From the Parts Block, select a lock cylinder with a part number suffix identical to the center character of the key code of the vehicle. The suffix must match the center key code character to maintain a single key system.
Install the replacement lock cylinder, by referring to the 1998 Contour/Mystique Workshop Manual, Section 211-05 or the 1999 Cougar Workshop Manual, Section 211-04.
NOTE:Keys included with new ignition lock cylinders are cut for the ignition only. In order for the keys to function in the door locks, the keys must be cut to the door code of the original lockset. The key code will change upon installation of the replacement lock cylinder (See KEY CODE REVISION AND REPLACEMENT PART NUMBER SUFFIX SELECTION CHART below).

NOTE:Advise the customer to discard all keys that were cut to the original ignition lock cylinder.

Record the new key code on the repair order and provide to the customer. Advise the customer to record the new key code in a permanent location and to discard all references to the original key code.
NOTE:Replacement ignition lock cylinders are shipped with Non-Passive Anti-Theft System (PATS) keys. If the vehicle is equipped with PATS, obtain two (2) Rotunda key blanks (or other Ford authorized blanks, such as: Ilco, Strattec, Curtis, Huf, or Valeo) and cut to the revised key code. Use of other unauthorized keys may cause erratic operation of the PATS system.

Program PATS keys using one of the two following methods:
NOTE:For vehicles with Integrated PATS (IPATS), function built into the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) and built beginning:

2/2/98 Kansas City
2/16/98 Mexico
All 1999 Cougars
Using the New Generation Star (NGS) Tester equipped with Service card (green) level 3.0 or higher:
From NGS menu, select:
Service Bay Functions
PCM
Enter Security Access (10 minute delay)
Ignition Key-Code-Erase
Disconnect Data Link Connector (DLC).
Cycle the first non-programmed key in the ignition to run position for at least 3 seconds and then turn to the off position.
Cycle the second non-programmed key in the ignition to run position. The theft indicator should prove out for 3 seconds.
Verify the vehicle will now start using both keys.
NOTE:For vehicles with Stand Alone PATS and built before:

2/2/98 Kansas City
2/16/98 Mexico
Using the New Generation Star (NGS) Tester equipped with Service card (green) level 1.0 or higher:
From NGS menu, select:
Service Bay Functions
PATS
Ignition Key-Code-Erase (this process may take up to 8 minutes to complete.)
Disconnect DLC.
Cycle first unprogrammed key in the ignition to run position. First key will program and allow vehicle to start.
Again cycle first programmed key to run position. Within 15 seconds, remove original key and turn new unprogrammed key to run position. The theft indicator should prove out for 2 seconds. New key will start vehicle.
Repeat this process for additional key programming.


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Dave H
Mar 11, 2009.


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