Ignition switch

Tiny
VWYATT
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  • 1995 FORD ESCORT
How do I remove the old cylinder on the ignition switch? I saw the two roll pins, but I cant remove them. Tried to turn the ignition to the on position as well.
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Sunday, March 26th, 2006 AT 4:42 PM

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Tiny
KEN
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Hello,

You need to turn the tumbler so the pins can be depressed. Here are diagrams (below) of the job being done. Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.

Cheers, Ken
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Monday, February 5th, 2018 AT 12:41 PM
Tiny
GILGIL
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  • 1995 FORD ESCORT
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 135,000 MILES
I was trying to start the car after work. It appeared that the ignition switch had gone out. I turned the key and the dash lights came on but the starter did not have any power to it. I replaced the ignition switch but had no success starting the car. I had the battey checked and was told it had a low charge so I went ahead and replaced the battery. Still no luck. I could here the relay tick when I would turn the key so I figured I should relace it because it might be bad. I still could not get it to start. I also had the starter checked at the auto part store and they said it was turning. I finaly took the car to a mechanic. He said it was the starter. He sugested that it was going out and was not receiving enough power to get the car to start. Does this sound like it might be the problem? Or is there somthing else I should be looking for?
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Monday, October 8th, 2018 AT 11:19 AM (Merged)
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MERLIN2021
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Clicking? Or nothing at all? If you hear a click, then either the battery is weak, or the starter, possibly bad battery cable connections, check and clean both ends of BOTH cables! Dissconnect negative(-) first, and put it on last! If no click the starter relay is no good!
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Monday, October 8th, 2018 AT 11:19 AM (Merged)
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LADYP
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  • 1994 FORD ESCORT
  • 126,000 MILES
Replaced ignition switch, now battery goes dead while car is just sitting there, what can cause this problem?
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Monday, October 8th, 2018 AT 11:19 AM (Merged)
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JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Double check wiring to the switch. Remove one fuse at a time until the drain on the battery stops. Then focus on that circuit.
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Monday, October 8th, 2018 AT 11:19 AM (Merged)
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LADYP
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I'll try that. Thank you.
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Monday, October 8th, 2018 AT 11:19 AM (Merged)
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JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Let me know what you find.
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Monday, October 8th, 2018 AT 11:19 AM (Merged)
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LADYP
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Thank you for your help. Done what you said and found the problem. It wasn't anything to do with the wiring or circuits. Found battery was bad. Problem solved. Again thank you for your help.
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Monday, October 8th, 2018 AT 11:19 AM (Merged)
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JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Great! Glad to help. Let us know if you have questions in the future.
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Monday, October 8th, 2018 AT 11:19 AM (Merged)
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JONISC
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  • 1992 FORD ESCORT
I have a 1992 Escort Wagon that needs an ignition switch replaced. It has 86,000 miles and has a 1.9L engine. My daughter's friend offered to change it for me, but when he got in there, he could not get the pins out to slide the cylinder out to replace it. Is there a simple way to remove the old one to replace it with the new one?

Joni
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Monday, October 8th, 2018 AT 11:19 AM (Merged)
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BMRFIXIT
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Are you replacing the ignition switch or the ignition cylinder lock and key?
It sound like you are trying to replace the ignition cylinder to me
If so you need to turn key on insert small long screw driver in the whole u r talking about push pin in pull cylinder out insert the new one in start car
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Monday, October 8th, 2018 AT 11:19 AM (Merged)
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LADYP
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Thank you I will. Have a great day and weekend!
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Monday, October 8th, 2018 AT 11:19 AM (Merged)
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IKSOBARG
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Quote - "Are you replacing the ignition switch or the ignition cylinder lock and key?
It sound like you are trying to replace the ignition cylinder to me
If so you need to turn key on insert small long screw driver in the whole u r talking about push pin in pull cylinder out insert the new one in start car"

Hi there, this repair applies to me :) Is it as easy as you make it sound?
Since I've never done I'm pretty lost.
But I wonder if you could make clearer what needs to be done?

Turn key onto what? From lock to acc, start?

Insert exactly what size screwdriver and how, with the key already in the ignition? That sounds like there's going to be some force applied, how much? What part are you trying to break?
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Monday, October 8th, 2018 AT 11:19 AM (Merged)
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BMRFIXIT
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Are you looking to replace the ignition cylinder /key
1- turn key to on just before start
2- look under the steering column by the key area
u will see a hole all u need is to insert a piece of metal
small screw long driver will do
use it to push in the pin and pull the cylinder/key out
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Monday, October 8th, 2018 AT 11:19 AM (Merged)
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IKSOBARG
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I'll give that a try. Thanks much.
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Monday, October 8th, 2018 AT 11:19 AM (Merged)
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NEWMATE
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  • 1992 FORD ESCORTFORD ESCORT
How much approx. Will it cost to remove and replace the ignition switch on a 1995 Ford Escort if I already have the replacement part (new ignition switch)?
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Monday, October 8th, 2018 AT 11:19 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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If you already have the part then obviously you won't have to pay for it again, it all depends on the shop. Where I live there's several shop ranging from $35-$65 an hour and I'd rather take it to the more expensive guy because you pay for the best work in town. Just call around to your local shops.
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Monday, October 8th, 2018 AT 11:19 AM (Merged)
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NEWMATE
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Good quote. I've already called around and found $45-$65 an hour. And you are right, taking it to the more expensive guy (dealer or igniton repair specialty shop) will do the best work, other than "Bobs Garage? " Per say.

Thanks for your response.

Best regards, Newmate
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Monday, October 8th, 2018 AT 11:19 AM (Merged)
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TROY CLARK2
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  • 1994 FORD ESCORT
  • 1.4L
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 29,000 MILES
I would like to know how to install a toggle switch for my ignition.
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Monday, October 8th, 2018 AT 11:19 AM (Merged)
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CARADIODOC
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If you're trying to do this because the screwdriver-like end of the lock cylinder broke, you're better off getting that part. To bypass the ignition switch, you need two switches; one for the ignition and one for the starter. I'll have to dig up a wiring diagram to see which wire colors are involved. By doing this, you'll lose the bulb test feature for the red "Brake" warning light.
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