My shifter tube almost split in half from me.

Tiny
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  • 1996 FORD EXPLORER
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My shifter tube almost split in half from me trying to get it into park. So I droped the column and replaced the tube. Put back together and took for a test run and everything is fine to my knowledge so far, except when I was done my key wont come out and my steering wheel wont lock. The toque on the three clamps that hold it into place, I did not know so I also need that info. Any info would be nice thanks
Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 AT 5:21 AM

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Tiny
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Check to make sure your ignition cylinder and lock cylinder(key) are in the correct position that is probably your problem
IGNITION SWITCH

Removal

Disconnect negative battery cable. Using key, turn ignition lock to RUN position. Remove 2 ignition switch retaining screws. Di
electrical connector, and remove ignition switch from steering column.

Installation

Ensure ignition lock is in RUN position. Slot in actuator housing should be aligned with mark on steering column casting. Align p
slot in actuator housing. Connect ignition switch electrical connector, and tighten retaining screws to specification. See TORQU
To complete installation, reverse removal procedure.
LOCK CYLINDER

Removal (With Key)

1. Disconnect negative battery cable. Ensure gear selector is in Park (A/T models). On Pickup, remove steering wheel and
Disconnect key warning switch electrical connector.
2. Using key, turn lock cylinder to RUN position. Using a 1/8" (3.17 mm) diameter pin or punch, depress retaining pin locate
and pull out lock cylinder. See Fig. 1 .

Installation

1. Turn lock cylinder to RUN position. Depress retaining pin. Insert lock cylinder into housing. Ensure tab on end of lock cyl
ignition drive gear and lock cylinder is fully engaged in housing.
2. Using key, turn lock cylinder to OFF position. To complete installation, reverse removal procedure. Check lock cylinder
functions. Ensure column locks when switch is in LOCK position
doing one of these should straighten you out.
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Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 AT 1:21 PM

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