Hits Keep Coming Part 2

Discussion in 'Fox 5.0 Mustang Tech' started by 88GT954, Apr 29, 2014.


  1. 88GT954

    88GT954 New Member

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    During the removal of the dash I was disconnecting the plugs from the steering column and found major problems. I have no idea what to do now. Help please.

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    little more info would probably help....why were you talking the dash apart?....was there an issue
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    mikestang63 Mustang Master

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    That appears to be what's left of your ignition switch, located on the bottom of the steering column. @jrichker for the install writeup

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    It exploded when I took the column down. It's the electical connections in worried about friggin fords.
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    Bad heater core.
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    88GT954 New Member

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    Why would it melt?
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    mikestang63 Mustang Master

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    Ford has a TSB back in the day. They are known to melt and fail. I'm surprised your car started and the gauges, lights etc worked. Better yet, I'm amazed the car didnt burn to the wheels.
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    jrichker StangNet's favorite TOOL SN Certified Technician Founding Member

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    Recall on Ford Ignition switches:
    Some of the symptoms of ignition switch problems are things that don’t work or are intermittent like radio, turn signals, wipers or heater.

    There was a FREE recall on Ford ignition switches. They overheat and sometimes catch fire. That burns up the steering column and sometimes the car interior. Since this is very old information, you may not be able to get the switch replaced for free anymore. The auto parts stores sell the switches for $13-$15.

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    Saleen0679 was nice enough to dig this up for us awhile back: Replace a 1979-1993 Ignition Switch Assembly


    Diagram courtesy of Tmoss & Stang&2birds

    Ignition switch wiring

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    See the following website for some help from Tmoss (diagram designer) & Stang&2Birds (website host) for help on 88-95 wiring http://www.veryuseful.com/mustang/tech/engine/ Everyone should bookmark this site.

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    didnt know about the recall?!...i will have to check mine out!....but thats why i asked why you were taking it apart,if you have no issues,consider yourself lucky and just change the connector....
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    Latemodelresto.com has all the parts to fix that stuff, inexpensive and free shipping no matter how small your order is. Don't do what some tutorials say and try to drill out the torx bits that hold the ignition switch to the steering column. Just spend a couple dollars at Advance or Auto Zone or anywhere else and get the proper bit. I believe it is a T-27 security bit, but double check that.
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    jrichker StangNet's favorite TOOL SN Certified Technician Founding Member

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    He's right.

    For less than $10 you can get a full set of bits and a 1/4" hex to 1/4" square drive. It's a great addition to your Mustang tool kit..
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