Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Re: Ignition key won't turn!
For all those who tried to help, thanks.
What it turns out to be is a bad key cylinder. After not having any luck with what had been posted here, I put a post on the webboard I use for my motorcycle ('00 Ural Bavarian Classic). Turns out, one of the members is the shop foreman for a Ford dealership in New Mexico. He gave me his cell # and let me talk to one of his technnicians who talked me through.
As soon as I get my riding gear on,me and my trusty Russian Iron Horse will be traveling to buy a new cylinder and try to get it re-keyed to my existing keys.
I'll give a short write-up here and try to write a full article about it after it's all back together.
As explained to me, hold pressure on the key with your left hand, as if you were trying to start the truck. Then gently tap the key with a hammer. Hopefully this will allow the tumblers to fall, allowing you to turn the key to the run position (or even start it if you wanted to.)
I took the bottom cover of the steering column off to see better, but then a small rod (I used a coat hanger) can be inserted into a little hole that will push the retaining ball out. The whole cylinder can then be removed. The ignition switch is now in the on position, so if you are going to be awhile, you may need to disconnect your batteries.
97 F-250 Crewcab,4X4, 4.10 gears, coolant filter, 203 deg. thermostat, coolant eye, Bilsteins, 255/85R16s.
00 Ural BC-65.
97 Honda Foreman.
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