1985 Ford F250 ignition problems

Asked by Felix Feb 22, 2019 at 09:50 AM about the 1985 Ford F-250

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hello together,

I have the problem that my truck wont start. I put the key in and turn it in the
"ignition on" position. Usually if you would turn further you would get into this
spring loaded part where it activates the starter but I just turn against a hard

I already replaced the Ignition switch but does not solve the issue.

Does anybody know what it could be? Relais?

best regards


4 Answers


Did you replace the key cylinder? It's the key cylinder that usually has the spring-back. Can you start and drive the vehicle, anyway? If you just turn the key to on position, just where the dash lights come on, then jump the starter relay, the vehicle may start and run? If you try that, make sure the tranny is in park or neutral and parking brake is set. I realize that doesn't fix your problem, but, might get you out of a bind? I don't have much info on your model year.


It sounds as if the actuator rod came out of the actuator the ignition lock cylinder moves, you need to take the steering column apart to repair, are you equipped to remove the steering wheel ect, I've seen the pot metal rack at the end of the lock cylinder snap off so it may be in pieces. I hope this helps, Take care.

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@oilyspill: yes I replaced the key cylinder, but it is definetly not the part which has the spring back in it. I cant start the truck, however it is not the issue, it is at home and not my daily driver anyway. @Mike: thanks for the hint, I will start disasembling the steering column and see what I can find

The ignition switch at the base of the column is the part that has the spring in it. Sounds like you need a new ignition switch. (The elecrical switch, not the lock cylinder which is what you put the key into.)

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