Key will not turn in my ignition at all

Tiny
PHILLIPRBARTLETT99
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  • 1992 FORD BRONCO
  • 234,584 MILES
I drove it down the road and turned it off then went to start it back up but when I put the key in it would not turn at all. I even tried to put wd40 in the ignition but still would not turn its like the steering wheel is locked and there is no release for it at all.
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Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 AT 11:24 PM

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Tiny
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IT COULD BE IN THE COLUMN LINKAGES

COULD BE THE KEY LOCK CYLINDER

. OR IT COULD BE THE IGNITION SWITCH. WON'T SLIDE (DAMAGED)

I'M SENDING SOME "TYPICAL PICS". THEY ARE PRETTY MUCH SIMILAR. THIS 1ST SWITCH PICS ARE MY '77 CJ 5 (ONE BUSTED OPEN TO SEE INSIDE. AND THE TRUCK COLUMN WE'RE LOOKING AT IS AN '88 F100 (DROPPED A LITTLE FOR THE PICS) IT'S A LITTLE BIT OF A PAIN, BUT I CAN CHANGE ONE OUT WITHOUT DROPPING THE COLUMN. THE LAST ONE IS MY CJ 5 COLUMN, REMOVING THE 2 SMALL BOLTS THAT HOLD IT ON

NOTE. THE "L" SHAPED ROD THAT ORIGINATES IN THE LINKAGES FROM THE KEY LOCK CYLINDER AND DROPS INTO THE IGNITION SWITCH TO MAKE IT SLIDE. THE SLIDING MATES UP DIFFERENT WIRES. ACCESSORIES/ ON/ START IS AT THE END, AND SPRING LOADED. SEEN IN THE PIC THAT I BUSTED AN OLD ONE OPEN

IF THE IGN SWITCH "JAMS". THE "L" SHAPED ROD CANNOT MOVE. THE LOCK CYLINDER CAN'T EITHER

YOU CAN SEE THE "L" SHAPED ROD LAYING ON THE COLUMN IN PIC 5. IN PIC 6 THE ROD IS UNDER THE SWITCH MATED UP IN THE HOLE (THAT YOU SAW IN PIC 5) THIS IS HOW IT NORMALLY LOOKS

. SOMETIMES IF YOU REALLY MESS UP MOUNTING THE SWITCH. YOU MIGHT PINCH THE ROD. IT MAY NOT MOVE

. THE BOLTS THAT HOLD THE SWITCH IN ARE IN ELONGATED HOLES, IF YOU MESS UP MOUNTING IT, YOU MAY BE TOO FAR FORWARD OR REARWARD. THE SWITCH WILL NOT OPERATE CORRECTLY OR WILL SORTA BE IN THE WRONG "IGNITION POSITION"

WHATCHU THINK?

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Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 AT 9:19 PM
Tiny
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THE REST.1ST TIME, IT WOULD NOT TAKE ALL OF THE PICS AT ONCE

A LARGE HAND MIRROR AND A GOOD FLASHLIGHT MIGHT HELP YOU SEE THIS BETTER, BEFORE YOU BECOME A CONTORTIONIST GETTING YOUR HANDS ON IT

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Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 AT 9:22 PM

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