Mechanics

LOCKED STEERING WHEEL - KEY WILL NOT TURN

Ford E-Series Van

1988 Ford E150 Econoline Van.
V8 5L engine
approx 175,000 miles

Ignition key in off position will not turn. Steering Wheel locked as a result. Would appreciated diagnosis and steps to correct problem.

I assume that the cause is a fault ignition lock cylinder but not sure.
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Gsshadetree
July 27, 2007.




I had that happen to me a while back. I was about to try a pair of pliers on the the thing when an old man walk up to me and said, just pull the key out a 1/16th of an inch and it will turn. Sure enough when I backed the key out slightly it turned. I had to remember to do that for weeks till I could replace the lock cylinder. Later I found out this is a common problem with Ford locks.
Hope that helps!

Tiny
David40
Jul 30, 2007.


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