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Steering column rebuild or replace

(1990 Ford F-250)
in San Diego, CA on October 31, 2010
My truck sat for about 5 years and then I needed it to drive to Ca. to pick up my things for a move to SD. I started it normally once and moved it and then went to restart it & the key turned and then a little snap sound and the key went all the way to the starting position. The key turned on the radio and other running operations for the truck but the snap happened before it got to the stating of the truck. I tried to turn it off and nothing it stayed turned on and the key was no use to shut it off. I removed the lower part of the collar and found a broken piece but could not get to it, I was able to push a rod and get the truck started but could not shut it off with out pulling the wires on the fuel injector. I have purchased a used steering column with the part that I believe I need, I don't know how much this will cost or if it is something that I could do. I have some auto experience but can not remove the upper collar of the steering column. Trying to get back to South Dakota this week. Thanks
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on November 01, 2010
jlt4sd,

What a seriously frustrating situation! You've certainly gone far enough to even get the truck started, and have some good know-how to get that far.

What I would advise is that a steering column repair is probably one of the more specialized mechanical repairs on a vehicle. I've seen many techs attempt tear down and reassembly, and many of them fail to do it entirely correctly, resulting in some unsafe conditions. So, my suggestion would be to get a hold of a really good tear down and reinstall instruction from a shop manual (try a local dealership for help -- they may be willing to copy some pages for you), or, you may end up having someone repair it for you to be safe. Typically the charge is maybe 2-3 hours worth of labor and whatever parts you may still need even with the used unit.

Either way, good luck!
on November 01, 2010
that's no fun. you will have to replce it
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