1996 FORD THUNDERBIRD MY CAR WILL NOT TURN OFF

  • Tiny
  • alex1985
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird

Electrical problem
1996 Ford Thunderbird 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 178000 miles

hello everyone! I have a 96 thunderbird and I cannot turn my car off. Well it seems the ignition switch is stuck on the" on" position and I can take my key out. Car starts fine and runs well. Ummm between the ACC position and the actual " start" position there is no resistance I can actually drive and " play" with the key in the switch. Sooo please help me!

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008 AT 4:32 PM

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  • rasmataz
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Replace the ignition switch

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 AT 6:48 AM
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  • alex1985
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Changed out ignition switch and still does the same thing. : -(

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2008 AT 5:01 PM
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  • rasmataz
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I cannot turn my car off. Well it seems the ignition switch is stuck on the" on" position and I can take my key out. The way you described the problem with the key gave me the curve ball-

Do you mean when you turn key to off the engine continues to run-if so the idle speed needs adjustment or the throttle plate is bindng not completely shutting off the airflow thru the throttle body.

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Thursday, May 29th, 2008 AT 12:36 AM
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  • alex1985
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Ok. First thing is I can turn my car on. Second thing is when the car is on I can turn the key to off position and take the key out and the engine will still run. The only way I can turn my car off is by pulling a fuse under the hood. Also when the car is on and the key is in the ignition swicth there is " play" with the ignition switch.

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Thursday, May 29th, 2008 AT 8:15 PM
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  • rasmataz
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There's still a problem with the ignition switch-could be the input power to the switch is shorted to the ignition circuit have you thought of this. The only way the ignition will work -it has to go thru the Ign switch and also control other components to complete the fuel and ignition circuit

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Thursday, May 29th, 2008 AT 9:16 PM
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Hi Alex1985,
Don't know if you fixed your problem. My 96 T-bird started doing the same thing 3 days ago. My husband, after checking the ignition and the switch came to the conclusion it was in the linkage between the two. Sure enough it appeared there was a pin missing that connected it together. He made his own and now my car shuts off when we turn the key off. Hope this helps you out.

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Sunday, June 1st, 2008 AT 3:47 PM

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