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My 1996 5.8L Bronco automatic transmission was stolen. The f***ing bastards broke the ignition area to where I'm having trouble recognizing how to approach it. The whole portion of the column where the key cylinder goes is broken off. Anybody know what parts I need to repair this?

Why did I not have an alarm installed? Feeling pretty dumb...

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Pictures?? Did they actually steal it or try to steal it? any other damage?? if they broke off the whole portion of the column, sounds like you need to source a new/used one..on the plus side there are plenty of vehicles, from Broncos to F150's through F350 that you could get a column from.

Definitely sounds like you should invest in an alarm.
 
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Oh they stole it. Trashed the interior. But they did put tire shine on the tires. Shows you what kind of people they were.

I only got to see it for 5 minutes at the tow lot. I couldn't get it started so I'm going to have insurance tow it. I've literally done EVERY repair, tweak, diagnostic, etc. on this truck since I got it almost 5 years ago - gone through everything so to speak. This might be where I let insurance pay to have a professional fix it.

Basically what I saw was the cylinder shaft that the ignition tumbler goes into - completely broken and gone. So does the tumbler mount directly into the metal of the column?

Thanks for the reply.
 

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well that sucks..especially the interior getting trashed..It going to be hard to tell without looking at it..you might be lucky and can simply replace the tumbler with a new one, or they may have very well jacked it up beyond repair..if that's the case, you can get a refurbed column on ebay for $350, plus $50 for the ride.doesn't seem too expensive to me..
 

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Hopefully you just need a new tumbler, unless the ignition actuator broke off from the force of a screwdriver. Hopefully the casing for the tumbler is not cracked or broken. That sucks. I hate thieves. I would love to catch one in the act.
 

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Kill switch. Engage.

Sorry to hear about the theft. I bought a 95 bronco from auction. City owned fleet vehicle, and they had lost the key. Did some research (here and elsewhere) and got it started with a fresh battery, 5 gallons of fresh gas, a big flat head screwdriver, and an adjustable wrench. Kind of scared me how easy it was to force the ignition with no key. Is it possible this is what you saw—damage to the ignition cylinder lock only? If so, it’s an easy fix and does not require a new column.


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Oh they stole it. Trashed the interior. But they did put tire shine on the tires. Shows you what kind of people they were.

I only got to see it for 5 minutes at the tow lot. I couldn't get it started so I'm going to have insurance tow it. I've literally done EVERY repair, tweak, diagnostic, etc. on this truck since I got it almost 5 years ago - gone through everything so to speak. This might be where I let insurance pay to have a professional fix it.

Basically what I saw was the cylinder shaft that the ignition tumbler goes into - completely broken and gone. So does the tumbler mount directly into the metal of the column?

Thanks for the reply.
Yeah, the key cylinder assembly slides into a socket on the column, if you're lucky they just broke the cylinder assembly and you can replace it. If you're unlucky they broke the column.
 

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I’m guessing a hammer on top of the key cylinder and busted the column housing, seen enough of them. I’m always armed, love living in a farming community and have a lab/shepherd mix... previously a Rottweiler l, a dog is a great theft deterrent.
 
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Yo JB96,
Welcome and sorry that you were victimized!
Here's the 1996 Bronco/F-Series Workshop Manual (partial).
Use it to determine how to replace tge column @ 1996 Bronco/F-Series
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Ignition Switch Lock Cylinder, Lock Cylinder Non-Functional. NOTE: The following procedure applies to vehicles in which the ignition lock is inoperative and the lock cylinder cannot be rotated due to a lost or broken key, unknown key number, or a cap that has been damaged or broken to the extent that the lock cylinder cannot be rotated. @ 1996 Bronco/F-Series


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Thanks for the feedback. I was able to get the truck home by jumping the starter solenoid. I have a "rebuilt" column from ebay (looks like they just put some paint on it - kind of odd given its not a visible part), and a new steering wheel (just for the top cover). Now it seems I have to order a new clock spring. Leaning toward a 25 year old OEM Ford to be more reliable than a new Dorman or other store brand. I have everything apart. Just need to swap all the parts over and get it back together. I feel like my truck has been molested for lack of a better word. They stole all my tools too, which was STUPID for me to have left them in there. Such is life. The repairs are not as hard as I thought. Should have it up and running by Sunday if all goes to plan. Thanks guys
 

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Thanks for the feedback. I was able to get the truck home by jumping the starter solenoid. I have a "rebuilt" column from ebay (looks like they just put some paint on it - kind of odd given its not a visible part), and a new steering wheel (just for the top cover). Now it seems I have to order a new clock spring. Leaning toward a 25 year old OEM Ford to be more reliable than a new Dorman or other store brand. I have everything apart. Just need to swap all the parts over and get it back together. I feel like my truck has been molested for lack of a better word. They stole all my tools too, which was STUPID for me to have left them in there. Such is life. The repairs are not as hard as I thought. Should have it up and running by Sunday if all goes to plan. Thanks guys
Sorry to hear about that man, some people just suck. Glad you got it home though and are going to be able to get her back up and running. Make sure you stick around here and join the community.
 

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Oh they stole it. Trashed the interior. But they did put tire shine on the tires. Shows you what kind of people they were.

I only got to see it for 5 minutes at the tow lot. I couldn't get it started so I'm going to have insurance tow it. I've literally done EVERY repair, tweak, diagnostic, etc. on this truck since I got it almost 5 years ago - gone through everything so to speak. This might be where I let insurance pay to have a professional fix it.

Basically what I saw was the cylinder shaft that the ignition tumbler goes into - completely broken and gone. So does the tumbler mount directly into the metal of the column?

Thanks for the reply.
How long was it stolen for?


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3 days. They put less than 100 miles on it. Rifled through everything. Stole things of little value and left other stolen items from other people. I guess this is what druggies do. Oh and they shined the tires. Lunatics.
 

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Well...by some miracle it's all back together again. I was so nervous I remote started it instead of using the key in case the airbag went off. The only issue is turn signals do not self-cancel anymore. I have a spare switch that I'll try before I did deeper. And the vent glass has a small arch at the bottom that the manufacturer claims is on purpose, but it leaves a 1/16" or so gap at the bottom. I guess I'll try a different window.

Thanks for the help everyone. It was a bit nerve wracking but I can still say that in the 4-1/2 years I've had it, not a soul has touched anything on it but me.
 

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The scum who steal our transportation that we need to go to work and support our families should be hung outside of the court house for all to see. You won’t have many stolen after a couple few hangings

That is just my opinion

Hanging was punishment for stealing a mans horse in the old days
 
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