How to Troubleshoot an Ignition on a 1988 Ford F-150

The ignition switch in your vehicle is an essential part of the running of the car, even if it is a small or simple one. This is no different on the Ford F-150, even dating back to trucks from 1988. If your ignition switch has stopped working, and refuses to turn or let you remove your key, you can troubleshoot the problem with a few simple steps.

This process does not require tools.

Troubleshoot Ignition

Turn your steering wheel hard to both the left and the right to try to free your wheels from any awkward positions they might be stuck in. If they are stuck on a curb or in the wrong direction, your key may not turn in the cylinder.

Make sure your car is shifted firmly in the "Park" position with your shifter. If it is not, the key will be locked for security.

Spray the cylinder with a lubricant such as WD-40 to allow it to move with less friction.

Turn the key all the way to the left and the right to attempt to remove it if it is not coming out in its normal position.

Remove the panels around the cylinder from underneath or inside of the dashboard to see if there are any wires or impediments preventing the cylinder from working normally.

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