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How to Replace Ignition Lock Cylinder 96-98 Ford F-150

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  1. step : Removing the Ignition Cylinder (0:53)
    • Place the key in the ignition
    • Turn the key forward to the "run" position
    • Place a pick in the hole underneath the ignition cylinder
    • Release the detent with a pick
    • Pull the ignition cylinder out of the steering column
  2. step : Installing the Ignition Cylinder (2:08)
    • Turn the key in the new cylinder forward to the "run" position
    • Depress the detent ball
    • Slide the ignition cylinder into the steering column
    • Turn the key back
    • Turn the key forward
    • Make sure the key does not come out of the ignition
    • Check that the ignition starts the engine

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In this video, we're going to be working with our 1998 Ford F150. We're going to show you how to remove and replace your vehicle's ignition cylinder. These tend to get worn out and your key will fall out of them. This cylinder comes pre-keyed with a new set of keys in it; it does not need to be taken apart and re-keyed for your vehicle. If you like this video, please click subscribe, we have a ton more information on this, and many other vehicles, and if you need this part for your truck, you can follow the link down on the description over to Here are the items you'll need for this repair.

Place a pick, or another small straight tool into this hole under the column, it's the one directly underneath the ignition cylinder. Now the reason we're replacing ours – and this is pretty common on these trucks – is once I put my key in and put it forward, I can pull my key right out and start the truck. So obviously, it’s not very safe, and not very secure.

So all you need to do to replace this, is take your original key, rotate it to the run position, which is going to be the last position you can click forward before actually cranking the car. Place that straight tool up at this angle, and you'll feel a little detent ball, and you push that down. You can pull the cylinder straight out, and this is that little detent ball you're going for. You just need to push that in until it releases.

Once your old ignition cylinder is out, we'll take our new ignition cylinder from 1A Auto, which you can see is exactly the same. It already comes with a new set of keys, and you could re-key this if you wanted to, but this one already comes assembled, so there's no need to do any of that. Just keep your original key to do the doors. We'll click this to the run position as well. So, go all the way counter clockwise, and then click it clockwise until the detent ball will compress. Reinstall it, turn it back, now it's in there, our key goes forward and doesn't come out of the ignition, and starts our truck just fine.

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Tools needed for replacement:

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  • Pick

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96-07 Ford Lincoln Mercury Multifit Ignition Lock Cylinder w/Key & Black Finish

Ford Lincoln Mercury Ignition Lock Cylinder with Key DIY Solutions BSS00268

This part replaces:

  • Standard Motor Products US-322L
  • OE # 1L3Z11582A

Part Details

  • Color: Black
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