Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Jackson, CA
Bronco Info: 1986 Ford Bronco XLT 4x4 - 5.0L H.O. 1986 Ford F-150 XL 4x4 - 5.8L H.O.
Ignition Key Won't Turn/Steering Wheel Locked...Help ASAP!
*Since I can't post in the 80-86 section...* I've looked and cannot find a similar thread on here...
Out of the blue, the key will not turn in the ignition, at all. The steering wheel will not turn, at all. This just happened today. It was driven yesterday. My G/F, who drive the Bronco, said the key did start to get hard to turn. I pulled down on the gear select lever a bit towards reverse, neutral and so on, and it will actually came out of gear and start to roll. If I let off and tap it up towards park again, it rolls forward an inch or two, then "parks" again.
A "history" lesson about it: a few years ago, it had to go to the shop for U-Joints as I didn't have the time to fix them myself. At the time, the guy said there was a screw that was loose in the steering column that was loose and if it came out, it would cause the column to lock up. I'm not sure what exactly that relates to, but I thought I'd mention it.
Anyways, here's the current deal with it: the steering column is like 2-pieces, but it is not a tilt wheel? You can grab the steering wheel though, and it has quite a bit of play. You can move the steering wheel up, down, left, right...360° and it will move from the "center" position probably 1/2" or more. The whole column will move too in the same fashion. It's like it is a tilt column, but with no tilt lever. If I turn the wheel left and right, there is a pronounced...clicking noise coming from the column.
I need to get this thing fixed ASAP as my F150 is already out of commission ATM too. I believe I mentioned everything that I can think of...