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The PO of my Bronco installed a push button start on the truck because the ignition switch actuator has a tooth missing on the very end. I have searched far and wide for a replacement part with no success. Can anyone verify that the only way to acquire one (with tilt steering) would be at a bone yard?

I can live with the push button start but ultimately it would be best to return the system to factory specs.
 

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yo, The act rod is available at Delaer or in Dorman Brand(s) HELP section; may need to pre-order it @ some parts stores for next day pick-up.

DORMAN Steering Column ComponentsType : Ignition Actuator
Make : Ford 1992-80 w/ tilt wheel
OE # : E9TZ-3E715-B, E4TZ-3E715-A
Brand : Dorman - HELP! - Carded
see applications for possible Yard Pick n Pull
See Chris B's replacememt article here @ http://fullsizebronco.com/forum/showthread.php?t=70454

We have a yard that has a Column Repair person stop-by for Columns to use for parts... ask your yard if not DIY'infg
 

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Ok, I guess google search didnt find this one. It was only bringing me non tilt examples.

After reading the write up, not sure if I want to tackle this one or not. Yes, it is doable but looks like one of those jobs that can become more problematic than the original issue.
 

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Ok, I guess google search didnt find this one. It was only bringing me non tilt examples.

After reading the write up, not sure if I want to tackle this one or not. Yes, it is doable but looks like one of those jobs that can become more problematic than the original issue.
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Yo sneal46,
I hear ya.
It is not too diff to pull column and swap in another
 

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yo,
I had to post that last and then see where you are;
so,
For a YARD SEARCH on-line, I use;
http://www.mypartshop.com/
Select All Parts
year, etc, then FORD TRUCK
Some MI results;
89
Steering Column
Call Regal Recycling Inc.
517-548-0727

SMITTY'S SALVAGE AND SUPPLY
920-468-7715
800-236-6892


or a rebuilder;
http://columnsgalore.com/BRONCO.htmProduct Information:
Column type: 80-91 Ford E Series Vans and F Series Trucks w/tilt

What gets done when we rebuild.
Complete disassembly, sand blast to remove rust & paint, clean and degrease, inspect components,
repack bearings, grease moving parts, replace broken & worn parts, twelve point test, paint black.

Comes complete with:
Complete with many new parts including a new lock with 2 keys.

This column does not come with:
Steering wheel, signal lever and shift lever (on column shift models)
T hese parts may be available if needed.

Information Needed from customer!
Required information on E Series Vans ONLY
We need to know exactly what the transmission indicator says.
The indicator mounts on top of the column.
All Indicators are discontinued from Ford.

Example: PRND21 or PRNDD1 and some have a circle around the D
We will call the customer if the correct indicator is not available.

Guarantee:
Our rebuilt columns looks like new and is guaranteed for 1 year in a passenger vehicle or 6 months in a commercial vehicle.

Core Charge Policy:
Return same column or applicable core charge will be charged.
See Core Policy & Return Procedure
http://columnsgalore.com/images/SCG1413B.jpg

or
http://accuratesteering.com

etc.
Ask if it is good, has key, etc.


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or
http://www.copartfinder.com
Has Vehicle Pics!
http://www.picknpull.com

http://www.car-parts.com/


Also for obsolete parts;
Our Sponsor here has been adding some to inventory; Jeff's Bronco Graveyard
and: by Ford pn:
http://www.partsvoice.com/
http://www.rearcounter.com
http://www.greensalescompany.com
 

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Hey sneal46, I just did this job on my 90 FSB. First I used Bronco Boy's writeup found on here: http://www.fullsizebronco.com/forum/showthread.php?t=70454. I sometimes find it better to also have a video to show step by step if you can find one. I used this youtube video along with the write up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfRFggOtyNw

Part one of the video is good until he gets to the removal of the tilt mechanism. His work around in video 2 is something I did not want to do as it take the key release switch located on the bottom of your column out of the picture completely..

I purchase the steering pin pivot puller from Advance Auto... http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_Steering-Pivot-Pin-Rem-OTC_17632473-P_N4420D_T|GRP2107____. Removing the tilt was not that hard just be sure to do every step in the write, paying particular attention to the snap ring removal, I missed it the first try and the toughest part was getting the spring back in but I am sure you could handle it... in the end I got it done in 3 hours from start to finish.... :rockon
 

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Great info guys! I have considered the option of a new column but only as a last resort. Heck I have not even started the truck myself yet. Who knows, maybe I will like the Dukes of Hazard/General Lee push button start..haha

You Tube is awesome. Has helped me get through fixes for other things and that video looks like a nice step by step.

This site is full of info and helpful people. Great resource for DIY!
 

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I am in Michigan. If there is a mobile service around I have not heard of them however I will check the area and see.

Also, I watched this You Tube video on the replacement process.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=r-wCV052AWM

If you go to the 3:47 - 4:05 mark, the guy is holding a piece in his hand. Based on the description of the problem from the PO, that is the piece I think is broken, not the actuator piece. He described it as having teeth and one tooth at the end is broken off.

The million dollar question...is that piece available and what is it called?
 

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See Chris B's LINK I gave you; look @ Drive Gear 3E717
 

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yo,
One source other than a yard pull is;
http://www.steeringcolumnservices.com/ford/ignition-gears.php
"...The Ford ignition lock cylinder gear operates the ignition rack gear when the ignition lock cylinder is turned. It is held in place by a thrust washer and a snap ring. This gear is brass with a rectangular hole for the lock cylinder to slide into..."


They also see the same gear in steel.




I like them because they took time to post all the drawings, but left out our Broncos in menus; so use the F 150 images.
 

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I book marked that page. Unless I get ambitious and take one out of an old f150 or bronco, looks like I will have to shell out 25-35 bucks for a new one.

Dang those little suckers are expensive.
 

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I thought that taking the column apart would be more than I was ready to deal with but honestly it took me just 2 hours to get to the actuator arm and put everything back together. The biggest PITA was the retaining ring inside the ignition cylinder. You just have to make sure you get the timing correct on the cylinder gear. There was a good write up in this site i read. Good Luck!
 

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sneal- could you send me pics of how the po set up the push button electronics?
i have the same issue and installed the push button utilising the ignition module wiring and now think the fuel pump may have been somehow burned up in this process. then again the rig has 189k on it and i think original parts . anyhoo it worked for a day then it is not starting . its cranking but acting as if no fuel, once the module is reassembled. i am very frustrated and grumpy bout the whole thing.
few points to add- still need the key to unlock steering wheel
toggle switch for power is hidden , as is push button. and the bar for module must be in correct position to start vehicle.
lastly- the most permanent solution is a temporary fix
 
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