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#2671 of 2991 1996 Ranger will not turn off
Apr 13, 2008 (7:08 pm)
I have a 1996 Ford Ranger which starts and runs fine..but will not turn off? Once the engine is started, turning the key back toward the off position, will not dis-engage the ignition. I replaced the key and ignition core, but that did not change the situation. Could there be a problem with the device that locks the steering wheel when the ignition is off and the key is removed ? I can only get the engine to stop when I dis connect the battery and pull the fuse for the ignition.
#2672 of 2991 Would '83 Ranger parts fix '89 Ranger's dash problems?
Apr 13, 2008 (8:35 pm)
I just bought an '89 Ranger to replace an '83 Ranger, which I need to retire because it won't pass the CA smog test. The '89 has a weird gas gauge. It goes to 5/8 full when you start the engine, which might be right, but then quickly fades toward the F, as if gravity is pulling the needle down. The seller said the gauge works when you get down toward 3/8 full, which might be a different variation of my "gravity" observation. The battery charge gauge reads on the negative side all the time, and the windshield washer, although full, doesn't work.
What, if anything, do you think I could pull out of the '83 truck and put it the '89 to make it this dashboard stuff work better?
(I already swapped seats; bed liner and slider rear window are coming up. )
#2673 of 2991 Re: 1996 Ranger will not turn off [sb11469]
Apr 14, 2008 (4:54 am)
did you replace the ignition switch itself? it's located under the dash on top of the steering colum
#2674 of 2991 Re: 1996 Ranger will not turn off [sb11469]
Apr 14, 2008 (5:08 am)
my bad i was thing of GM, the switch is located inside the cover on the colum just below the steering wheel there are 2 bolts that hold it on they are torque that require the type bit that has a hole in it
#2675 of 2991 Re: 1996 Ranger will not turn off [sb11469]
Apr 14, 2008 (9:19 am)
This is a great post. This just happened to my 95 Ranger the other day. I replaced the cylinder lock with a new cylinder lock & key but it still won't shut the ignition off. I replaced it because the old ignition core (cylinder) was broke and allowed the key to be turned all the way around but when lucky if caught just right it would shut the truck off!
There is a wire harness with four wires, one wire is connected to the ignition core (via a metal clip) I am told that this wire is for the chimes when you turn the ignition on? The other three are connected to a plastic ring behind the steering wheel which I believe is for the air bag. The harness is still avaiable from Ford for $133.00 bucks. I have the part #.
Could it be the device that locks the steering wheel?? Please help I too have to disconnect the battery and am getting very tired of it. I want my truck back
Thanks for any help.
#2676 of 2991 Re: 1996 Ranger will not turn off [wookie1]
Apr 14, 2008 (9:23 am)
Check out my other post. Could that switch be stuck on not allowing the ignition to turn off when the key is in the off position?
I too have put a new cylinder lock and key in my 95 Ranger but it won't shut off.
Apr 20, 2008 (4:39 pm)
My 94 ford ranger xlt 3.0 2wd 5spd makes a loud click in the fender mounted relay when trying to start engine. batt is good cables tight and clean. does not engage starter at all, just the relay on the fender clicks, is the relay supposed to be grounded to the fender? as the mounting screws are loose. the batt cable is tight at the starter solenoid.With the headlights on when I put the key in the start position and hold it on start it does not dim the lights,
any ideas as to my problem?
Help will sure be welcome and appreciated!
Thx, Bob in NC
#2678 of 2991 Re: astroed [astroed]
Apr 21, 2008 (10:05 am)
I would say the realy needs to be grounded to the inner fender..Yes! Make sure you have a good clean aera to ground to. You might want to consider replacing the relay if the above doesn't work.
#2679 of 2991 Ignitition won't turn off.
Apr 21, 2008 (10:06 am)
#2680 of 2991 Ignition Won't turn off.
Apr 21, 2008 (10:07 am)
1995 Ford Ranger 2.3. Replaced cylinder lock but iginition doesn't turn off when key is in off position.
Please help tired of disconnecting the battery:)