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Old 10-18-2009, 12:16 PM   #1
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My Bronco won't turn off

So I'm on my way home from work yesterday, and when I get home my truck won't turn off. I turned the ignition off, pulled the key out, and it was still running. I disconnected the negative pattery cable, and it was still running. Finally, I took it to my mechanic and he disconnected something in the engine bay to turn off the engine, but when he did that the radio and AC were still on. I had to disconnect the battery to get those to turn off. When I reconnect everhything, the radio, dash lights, etc. come back on, even with the ignition off and the key out. Anybody got any ideas as to how to fix this?
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Old 10-18-2009, 01:03 PM   #2
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Sounds like the ignition switch has come apart or is broken. I don't own a 92-96 but I believe it used the same key cylinder/rod that operates the switch mounted on the steering column; access it by taking off fuse panel. Could also be a problem with the actual rod i suppose.
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Old 10-18-2009, 01:29 PM   #3
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this is probably your problem, if your ignition switch is fine.
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Old 10-18-2009, 07:38 PM   #4
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:14 PM   #5
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ya mine had the same problem about 6months ago. if you dont want to mess with anything for now you can still drive it. go underneath with a socket and remove the ignition switch from the rod. then put in the key and turn it to the run position so it unloclocks the wheel. then go back underneath with a small screwdriver or key or something and slide the piece on the switch inside where the rod connects. then to shut it off go back under and slide it back. its super easy. i drove mine like this for a week or two and when you go to do it just put in another switch it was like 8$ at orileys. good luck.
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:34 PM   #6
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Old 10-19-2009, 11:07 PM   #7
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The ignition switch is alot easier to remove on a 92-96 bronco then the older ones. you just have to remove the top cover on the steering column and you can see it and you don't have to remove the steering wheel. If it is the key lock it removes by using the key in the lock and depressing a button and it comes right out. I had to replace my key lock and it took all of 5 min to change on my 94 bronco
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:09 PM   #8
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I looked at it further, and it's not the ignition switch. There are 2 pieces that make up the ignition switch actuator. I haven't taken the steering column apart to see exactly how they work together, but they are in the pic below. The guy at Ford said the teeth on the one actuator break all the time. I don't have the time to change them myself (working 15-hour shifts all week), so I'm having my buddy do it for me. I'll be posting pics of the old parts later.

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Old 10-20-2009, 08:14 PM   #9
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Same thing happened to me and it was the ignition switch.
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