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Ignition Lock wires what is the gray and gray / red ?

(1997 Ford Thunderbird)
in San Marcos, CA on November 30, 2010
I am putting my 97 T-Bird together from a heater core replacement. In attaching connectors, I ran into a black male connector coming off the Ignition Lock Assembly that has a mated black female connector but just doesn't fit right. The wires are gray and gray / red.
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on November 30, 2010
Looking at the wiring diagram for your Thunderbird, I am not seeing a pigtail coming off of the ignition switch that has gray and gray with red. Can you tell me if this is a two wire connector, round or square, where exactly it originates and seems to go, etc? Can you totally verify the wire colors as well - the one wire is entirely gray with no tracer?
on December 01, 2010
This set of wires and the connector comes off the ignition lock. There are the regular 4 wires that go into a connector and then there is another set of 2 wires (gray / gray red) that are independent and have their own connector. That is the one I can't get connected The colors could also be classified as white and pink. I tried to start the vehicle last night without it hooked up and couldn't get the engine to fire. I would like to know if I can just splice the wires together or does the connector do something special.
on December 01, 2010
You can always hard wire it together, the connector does nothing special other than provide a method of connectivity and disconnection. However, my concern is that since they are not seating, maybe they don't belong together.

I've really poured over the wiring diagrams for this vehicle - 1997 Thunderbird - and can find no gray / gray red wire. I found a white with pink that is for daytime running lamps. But it's part of the large connector at the ignition switch - this connector has 13 wires coming out of it.

If you find that wiring connector at the ignition switch that has 13 wires on it, can you tell me if the wires you are speaking of lead to or from that connector?
on December 02, 2010
Yesterday, I cut the connector out so I could see what the problem is. It is one of those booby trap connectors put in by the f_cking Ford Engineers. When I disconnected the connector, a small metal clip came out with it. Not thinking anything of it, I inserted the clip back into the connector. What I ended up doing is bending the 2 prongs underneath the clip so naturally it wouldn't seat. I was able to straighten out the prongs, getting the connector to seat into position and plan on installing it back in tonight.
on December 02, 2010
There you go! Glad to hear of pending success.
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