1994 Ford Escort Ignition

Tiny
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  • 1994 FORD ESCORT
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 150,000 MILES
I can take my key out of the ignition while the car is running. The key also does not turn all the way back. When I take the key out and open the door when the car is off the car beeps as if the key is left in or the lights are on. Is this the ignition switch and can it be repaired easily at home? Thank you.
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Friday, December 5th, 2008 AT 3:47 PM

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DAVE H
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Your ignition switch is faulty and you will need to replace it. Common fault on the escort?

COMBINATION SWITCH R & I
Removal & Installation
Disconnect negative battery cable. Remove steering wheel. See STEERING WHEEL under REMOVAL & INSTALLATION. Remove upper and lower shrouds.
Unplug connectors. Remove switch from housing. To install, reverse removal procedure.
IGNITION SWITCH
Removal & Installation
Disconnect negative battery cable. Remove combination switch. See COMBINATION SWITCH R & I under REMOVAL & INSTALLATION. Unplug ignition switch connector. Remove mounting screws and ignition switch. To install, reverse removal procedure.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
STEERING WHEEL
CAUTION:When battery is disconnected, vehicle computer and memory systems may lose memory data. Driveability problems may exist until computer systems have completed a relearn cycle. See COMPUTER RELEARN PROCEDURES article in GENERAL INFORMATION before disconnecting battery.

WARNING:Air bag system must be deactivated before any air bag component is removed. See AIR BAG RESTRAINT SYSTEM article in the ACCESSORIES/SAFETY EQUIPMENT section.

Disable airbag system by disconnecting battery and leaving vehicle to stand for 3 - 5 minutes

Removal & Installation
Disconnect negative battery cable. On vehicles without air bag, remove horn cover and unplug horn wire connector.
On vehicles with air bag, disable air bag system. See AIR BAG RESTRAINT SYSTEM article in the ACCESSORIES/SAFETY EQUIPMENT section. Remove air bag module. Unplug clockspring connector from module.
On vehicles without air bag, loosen steering wheel bolt 4-6 turns. DO NOT remove bolt. On vehicles with air bag, remove bolt, remove vibration damper (if equipped), and reinstall bolt loosely.
On all models, remove steering wheel. Remove and discard steering wheel bolt. Hold clockspring in place with tape after removing steering wheel. To install, reverse removal procedure. Install and tighten NEW steering wheel bolt to specification. Check AIR BAG light for proper system operation.
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