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1989 f250 manual transmission NON-TILT steering column ...

i am trying to remove the ignition lock because it feels sticky and does not spring back from the start position (nothing wrong with the ignition switch itself; moves crisply through all the positions and has a good strong spring in it).

when i get the lock out i plan to clean it or replace it, whatever is necessary, because i have read that once they get sticky they can fail completely.

i have read the haynes manual and have searched online but i cannot seem to find the pin that needs to be depressed in order to remove this dang thing ! i took a pic of my column with the steering wheel removed but now i don't know how to upload it onto my post . please help ... tearing my hair out !!!
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ok ...looks like i managed to insert the pic that i took ! can anyone pinpoint to me where i am supposed to find the lock retaining pin ?
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http://www.ask.com/explore/change-ig...1989-f250-4872

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thanks for the link, glc, but i have read everything there is to read on the matter ... my problem is that i just can't locate the pin in question . hoping someone can zero in on it on the pic of my steering column.
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Read carefully - there is a hole in the casting under the lock cylinder. It's not behind the steering wheel, you don't have to pull the wheel to get at it. Key also has to be in RUN. I assume you have pulled the upper and lower column covers?

Here's a pic, see where the drill is?


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no holes anywhere near that area on the casting. the steering wheel had to come off.

i finally decided to zero in on where it was likely to be ... removed the phillips screw holding that blue crimped connector assembly in place, moved it aside and there it was ... underneath and slightly to the left of that blue crimped connector. i am guessing that connector is somebodys repair job, because i don't think the factory would use one there. with that connector in place it was impossible to see the retaining pin (although i did JUST see something shiny when i pried it aside a bit.

wish i could put a pic up, i haven't figured out how to do it on a reply ... anyways, i am relieved that the lock is out, and it moves freely in my hand so i guess that some cleaning is necessary on the back of the housing etc.
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Huh. So that's where it is.
To my knowledge, the TILT columns have the pin on the outside, where GLC said. I never found it on my NON-tilt I swapped in. I only wanted it so I could keep my original cylinder and keys.
Good work Joe250, these columns can be a real Pita, I've had mine apart a few times.


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Just to help you with your pics, upload your photos to www.photobucket.com and use the img code to post them.
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thanks, hazz ... i was hoping someone would educate me on that.
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