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1998 ranger ignition issue

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I have a 98 ranger 2.5L 2 wheel drive. I am having an issue with the ignition key. Sometimes it will not turn over when I turn the key. It'seems like the key will bearly "catch" when turned. And you have to get the key in just get right position to get it to catch. I thought it was a worn out ignition key cylinder due to the fact that my key would fall out occasionally, but when I replaced the key cylinder the issue is still there.

ANY advice or thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Hmm. It's possible the switch isn't being actuated. Remove the lower shin guard paneling under the column and look for a switch box that moves with the key. YOu should be able to see or feel it. It's either green or white...

Check the connectors and make sure they're plugged in. It's possible this switch is worn out. Also check your fuses and see what you get.
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Yep, that was my thought as well when the truck failed to start last week. Check all the connections, pulled starter ( tested good), replaced the ignition switch under the steering column. Nothing. Then just as I started to release pressure on the key from the 'start position, it tried to 'engage'. So I slowly turned the key & she cranked right up. Worked all week, using a gentle touch. But it decided not more today. Replaced the tumbler & still nothing. Could the 'socket' in the column be worn out?
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Google: 1998 ford ignition switch actuator replacement

Could be the plastic actuator rod the key pushes and pulls is the problem
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How would I check that & where is it located? Will I see it on a column diagram?
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You should see it

When you turn the key a gear on the back of key cylinder rotates, this moves the actuator rod(this often also has the pin on it that Locks the Steering wheel when you turn key to OFF).
The actuator rod is what slides the ignition switch(under the steering column) into its various positions.

You have to remove steering wheel to replace it

Google: ford ignition switch actuator rod
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