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I replaced my steering column, and it won't start. I'm new here, and need some help!

Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by watt80, December 2, 2008.


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    1. watt80

      watt80 New Member

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      i just replaced the steering column on my 02 mountianeer an cant start it.is it something with the theft switch? if so how do i reset it?
       
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      Sams01XplrSprt Southern Cali Explorer

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      welcome watt and good luck with ur mounty
       
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      There is a switch on the shifter column that tells the ignition that you are in park. Make sure the wire is hooked up and inserted correctly. You can check the switch by using an ohm meter.
       
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      thanks NC.i'll try that but heard that it might have somthing to do with the theft system that is stock.idk
       
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      I had a buddy change his steering column in his ford focus and he had to get the key reprogrammed. Another thing to try is to put the ignition from your old steering column in there if that's possible. Sorry couldn't be more help.
       
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      I would start there. If your using the key that came with the replacement column then it won't mach the key that is programed in the theft system. Call a Ford dealer or local shop you trust and ask them what you should do. Of course they will say bring it in but if you can't start it how can you do that unless you tow it. What was the reason you had to replace it?
       

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