Ignition switch

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NOLABULLFROG
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  • 1992 LINCOLN TOWN CAR
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 115,500 MILES
The ignition switch on the steering column of my 1992 Lincoln Town car broke. I replaced the switch with a new one. The car will start but when you turn the key to the "off" position, the car does not stop running, all of the accessories and instrument panel lights stay on, and the steering wheel will not lock in place as it should.
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Thursday, May 14th, 2020 AT 1:25 PM (Merged)
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MERLIN2021
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When you say you replaced the switch, which part? The key and tumbler, or the plastic switch attached to the column? The actual switch is the latter! Remove the column covers, loosen the two small 5/16th screws but don't remove them, slide the switch towards the engine and see if it shuts off.
Move it back and forth until the desired position is achieved! Tighten screws. If this is inneffective, replace the switch.
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Thursday, May 14th, 2020 AT 1:25 PM (Merged)
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PJ REYNOLDS
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This happens with the key in or out
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Thursday, May 14th, 2020 AT 1:25 PM (Merged)
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JNOVACK
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Ok lets take cylinder back out dissconect battery put shifter in park remove cylinder make sure key is in off possition and reinstall
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Thursday, May 14th, 2020 AT 1:25 PM (Merged)
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CECIL FITXPATRICK
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  • 1994 LINCOLN TOWN CAR
Electrical problem
1994 Lincoln Town Car V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic

Key will not turn to start engine
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Thursday, May 14th, 2020 AT 1:26 PM (Merged)
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BLUELIGHTNIN6
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Make sure shift selector is in PARK fully and that the steering wheel is not locked up. Also try a spare key and lubricate the ignition lock cylinder with WD40.
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Thursday, May 14th, 2020 AT 1:26 PM (Merged)
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KASEKENNY1
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This is a pretty common issue when one of two things happens. First the key is worn out so the suggestion of a spare key is a good one because it will most likely have clean cuts on the key to move the tumblers properly.

The second is the cylinder is seized so this is why you would need the lubricant. If you spray it in and let it sit for 10 minutes and then work the key back and forth and see if the ignition loosens up.

Let us know what you find and we can go from there. Thanks
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Thursday, May 14th, 2020 AT 2:58 PM

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