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May have a lead on the correct used ignition switch from my ford escort Facebook group. We shall see.
 

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I do hope you find the part, if you can then it should last the life of the car.

I have a Marauder steering column to swap into my Lincoln, because it has the clock spring I need for the steering wheel with controls of the AC and radio. So I'll be using the ignition switch from those 1998-2011 Crown Vic's etc, plus the key and cylinder. Mix and match parts, if it works you add the details to a build book.
 
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And the part was for an automatic, dangit. So, that’s a no-go.
 

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That's a shame, ignition switches are unique in many ways to each model and the column, so very hard to find anything else to work. Is there any chance one of those can be repaired internally at all? I know people do a lot with old relays, I wonder if anything in an ignition switch is serviceable.
 

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So, remember the odd issues I was having with the escort? Delay to turn over when going to start, engine cooling fan not working unless ac is on, etc? We had it pseudo diagnosed as being the possibly the ignition switch.

Anywho, the HVAC blower has quit. Out of the blue, no warning. I check the usual suspects, fuses are ok, so that means I need to get to the blower motor and jump it and confirm the motor hasn't gone bad. Flip ignition switch to on, and it starts working. Hmm.

I fiddle around a bit more and blower only works on one and two, the upper speeds it doesn't work. Then it quits working all together again. Safe to say it's not a fuse issue, and blower seems to be ok. Oh, and the compressor is still coming on, as the AC switch is lit up and the engine cooling fan is running. So at least it's drivable, just no ac. Would also suggest it's not the actual HVAC blower switch, although it could be it. Thankfully it's projected to hit 100 degrees today. Sigh.

Do a bit of Google fu, and come to find out the ignition switch is often the culprit. Could the ignition switch be the issue with all of my current electrical gremlins? Time to find out.

So, I go online to get an ignition switch. Hmmm, my car is a 96 model. Last of a body style, kind of a transition year model. I'd call it a "red headed step child" model, much like the CFI fuel injected 84-1/2 mustang. All the ignition switches I'm finding are saying "good up to 12/95 manuf date". Hmm, what date was mine? You guessed it, 01/96.

Apparently a half year only switch. Obsolete from Ford. I'm going to call ford dealer today and try to at least get a part number so I can do a ton of searching and hopefully get lucky with someone in having one in stock. I guess worse case scenario I'll wire it up with a nascar starter. LOL
Check the harness plug/wires where it plugs into the heater box. A lot of times the wire pins will burn in the plug. Ive seen several different brand cars do this.
 

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Yes, my Crown Vic has some burned terminals in the blower motor resistor connector. I meant to find that pigtail and replace it.
 
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Richard - is this an old-school put-the-key-in-and-turn-it switch?
Yes - two part assembly. Tumbler/lockset where the key goes in. Ignition switch mounted on back side and activated by tip of key. A lot of essential functions go through that circuit, and most funky electrical gremlins get traced back there.

242,000 miles on the car, was just going to replace the ignition switch. After all, doesn't hurt to throw parts at stuff with no telling how many key cycles on it. Didn't know it would taking a holy grail hunt to find one lol. At this point, I need to pull stuff apart and see if it's repairable. Most people find scorched terminals on them when replacing. We shall see.

Same for the blower motor, sometimes people find overheated terminals or the resistor box bad but its fairly unusual.
 

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Talked to the alternator guy yesterday, dropping alternator back off today. He seemed to think the voltage regulator was cutting out so he will replace it as well. VR was my assumption in the beginning until he found overheated wiring in the stator. We shall see. On the positive side, getting quicker with the removal and install of the alternator. Not as well practiced as Micheal and various gaskets though.
 

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With help from toothpicks and my wife - I was able to take the Corolla’s switch apart. I was trouble shooting why I couldn’t turn the car OFF once I got it started. Don’t know if yours will do that or not. You could use the key just for the column lock and move the other functions to a starter button and some switches/relays if push comes to shove.

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Yes, take it apart and let's see what it's made of.

Pictures are great. I took a few yesterday at work, of my truck loaded completely to the ceiling throughout. I'm amazed at how many parcels can fit inside my mid sized SUV, but I still don't like doing it, it stopped being "fun" 15+ years ago.
 

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BTW, did everyone know about the new federal holiday on the 19th? I found out yesterday when I filled out my time sheet, seeing that nobody worked on Monday. I asked the manager and she gave me the wonderful news, that we now celebrate slavery on June 19th every year. How does shutting down the country one day a year help anything, for not a celebration? Were there parades or something I missed, what was the point?
 

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With help from toothpicks and my wife - I was able to take the Corolla’s switch apart. I was trouble shooting why I couldn’t turn the car OFF once I got it started. Don’t know if yours will do that or not. You could use the key just for the column lock and move the other functions to a starter button and some switches/relays if push comes to shove.
Yeah, I'm going to get jiggy with it this weekend. No AC right now absolutely sucks. Alternator off the cobra, cobra in the basement, so I guess I'll sweat to death in the garage instead. Hoping I don't have to drop the column. Some say you do, some say you don't. Not that difficult, though. Only has 4 bolts after you work all the covers off.

BTW, did everyone know about the new federal holiday on the 19th? I found out yesterday when I filled out my time sheet, seeing that nobody worked on Monday. I asked the manager and she gave me the wonderful news, that we now celebrate slavery on June 19th every year. How does shutting down the country one day a year help anything, for not a celebration? Were there parades or something I missed, what was the point?
Yes, they added it at work for us. I was very surprised, as they are typically a bit frugal on holidays here.

There were riots in DC - uh, I meant celebrations.
Nothing special there, that's a daily occurrence. How can that be a holiday if it happens every day?


CEL turned off on the Focus, so don't have to worry about it for now. Of course, the dang horn has quit working again. Known issue, and buried under 2-3 covers and an absolute pain to get to. I suppose I'll work that into the oil change at the same time.

Aaaaaaand, my wife now has the Rona. Appears same strain as mine, but too far apart to have been infected by me. Good times.
 
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Take of her.
Daughter is home on summer break, she's an excellent nurse. Took care of me when I had the rona. She will make a good mom one of these days. And a good dentist too.

Looks like I'll have a busy weekend. At least I got the yard mowed yesterday.

Oh, and update on the DR Brushhog - Carb replaced, running like a champ. Around $180, and well worth it for the replacement and me not having to deal with it.

That puppy is a gas hog. 16hp Kawasaki twin, looks like around 1- 1-1/2 gallons per hour of fuel usage.
 

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Sorry to hear about your wife Richard. Glad shes in good hands. Lifting you all up here. :)

Ive been using a DR brush hog in Maine for 20yrs. Runs like a top For one week outta each year. I run it dry in gas before I put it up for the year. I’ll be taking it out next week when I return there. Time for a get away.
 
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Sorry to hear about your wife Richard. Glad shes in good hands. Lifting you all up here. :)

Ive been using a DR brush hog in Maine for 20yrs. Runs like a top For one week outta each year. I run it dry in gas before I put it up for the year. I’ll be taking it out next week when I return there. Time for a get away.
It's amazing what they will cut. If it will push it over it will cut it. If it won't push it over, it will climb it. It's super nice if you don't want to spend the coin on a tractor and bushhog, and much easier to store too. Only thing I wish is that it had individual wheel controls. Then again, you could't operate it one handed then though.
 
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