I could not find a thread that quite addressed my problem.
My ignition key (89 XLT) is losing its springiness & has a good deal of play. I was going to buy a new Key Lock Cylinder to head this off before we get stranded somewhere. Thought maybe would ask just in case it's something else.
Will replacing the cylinder fix the lack of springiness & play?
I have been looking at exploded views for a bit now & can't really tell what is providing the spring tension. Hijacked this from another thread:
This view shows a snap ring part # 3C610
but I found another pic pointing to the same part calling it a spring clip part # 3E701
. I don't think this ring/clip is included with the Lock Cylinder.
Feel like I have to crank the cylinder pretty far & hard to engage the starter -perhaps that is what I mean to say by losing its springiness. JKossarides posted in another thread:
The "upper ignition actuator" is about to go.... a very common problem with these vehicles and one indication would be that it gets harder to turn the key to "RUN" and requires being rotated all the way over in order to hit that "start spot" where it kicks back a it.
I hope that is not the problem.
But then came across another posting that said replacing the ignition switch may correct the hard to turn cylinder issue. & perhaps some teflon based lube on the tumblers.
I just ordered a cylinder, if that doesn't help guess will go with ignition switch next. Have no idea how I would locate that snap ring, Ford Parts dept?
any suggestions much appreciated.