Ford explorer ignition cylinder

Doug Owner/Technician California Posted   Latest  
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2003 Ford Explorer Sport XLT 4.0L (E) 5-spd (5R55E)
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I'm puzzled about this Explorer's ignition cylinder assembly in the column. As you see by the pictures I gave the part that's the problem is behind the lock cylinder. The lock cylinder fits into that first level but there's another 2 ½" or so that's missing behind it. 

Somebody had drilled out the cylinder because the key was lost but behind where the lock cylinder goes the piece is missing! I tried checking with Ford but they were useless. At this point I'm assuming that the whole column has to be changed out. Does anyone know what piece is behind this lock cylinder that might help me figure this mess out?

Thank you for any info and help, Doug

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Jorge Mechanic
New York
Jorge
 

Generally we change the column if anything past the ignition cylinder is damaged. It’s just a time saver. Around here the columns are cheap and the programming in that year AKL using IM508 takes seconds. After that depends on how long it takes u to take out the parts needed To fix it.

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

Hello Doug, This looks like a typical Ford Key cylinder. They likely broke off the “T-bar” on the end of the cylinder where it was forced to break it. The broken part is still in the column rack gear. If they drilled it after the cylinder was removed, it has damage to the housing and or rack gear parts. Can you show pictures of the column hole where the key switch was removed?

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Steven Owner/Technician
Illinois
Steven
 

Exactly what happened. The end of the lock cylinder that goes into the gear is still in there. Try a small long self tapper and screw in a little then pull out the broken piece. Next time break off part that you turn (collar) after key is inserted then chip a little of the case away all the way around the edge of the cylinder. Then you can turn the cylinder with vice grips to the proper position…

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Doug Owner/Technician
California
Doug
 

Hi Steven, I don't understand, the lock cylinder and everything is already out as you can see in the picture.

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Eric Owner/Technician
Wisconsin
Eric
 

Follow this link and look at the pictures of the replacement lock cylinder. Or, even easier, just look at the new lock cylinder you are installing.

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Doug Owner/Technician
California
Doug
 

Hi Glenn, that is the column hole and the switch removed. They actually didn't drill all the way through the lock cylinder they were able to get that lock cylinder out. And that's what I was thinking there's more to the lock cylinder that goes through in there like a t-bar connecting to the piece you can see down inside. Here's a picture of how long it is down to that one point inside. And…

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

Hi Doug, Have you gotten a replacement ignition tumbler assembly to compare? The new one should have a “T bar” on the end that engages the rack pinion gear down inside the column hole.

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Doug Owner/Technician
California
Doug
 

Sorry it took so long to reply glen. No I don't and I've been searching online and looked at Ford and they only show that short lock cylinder. No other apparatus inside.

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
   

Hi Doug, Does this help? …, … Ford Explorer Ignition Lock Cylinder - Standard Motor Products US-341L - - PartsGeek​.​com The Explorer Sport columns had a slightly different key and switch setup. It took me a little bit to find it.

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Eric Owner/Technician
Wisconsin
Eric
   

You are missing a few parts. Here is a video for an Aerostar which is close enough, starts at 7:46 and shows you the three parts you need. youtu​.​be/Ww0VbPEhH-k?t… This post shows how to replace the ignition switch actuator linkage, the seventh picture down shows what the inside of the lock cylinder housing should look like and the following pictures show what is missing from your…

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Doug Owner/Technician
California
Doug
 

Thank you for the video Eric, very interesting and involved. Anyway I noticed on that lock cylinder housing it's a lot shorter than the Explorer. I have to search for a parts list like that shown on the Aerostar. I was hoping Ford had one but no luck there!

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Eric Owner/Technician
Wisconsin
Eric
 

Take a look at this Ford online catalog for your 2003 Explorer Sport XLT. Second picture down, gives exploded view, part numbers too. Parts #3, 4 and 5. Under $25.00 for all three. This is just a simple google search for “Ford parts catalog” It took me less than 2 minutes.

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Doug Owner/Technician
California
Doug
 

Thank you for that reply Eric but it's not a sport track and I tried looking up for just Explorer and of course it doesn't show the steering column at all. And there's more to it than just that lock cylinder of which it doesn't show that either on the parts list that you showed… it's number 2 is missing. Anyway still not having any luck. I have located a column here near where I live at the…

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Eric Owner/Technician
Wisconsin
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That link is for the vehicle you said in your post, of course a VIN would be best but. . . . The link to the catalog is for a 2003 Explorer Sport XLT just like you posted. The part numbers are in the link. #2 is the lock cylinder, they don't list those in this part of the catalog, lock cylinders are shown elsewhere. You need #3 #4 and #5. Those are what go in before the lock cylinder…

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Doug Owner/Technician
California
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Replaced the steering column because it had a broken shifter handle also. Thanks for all the replies!

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