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Old 08-09-2006, 10:08 PM
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escort ignition wiring...

so i have this 91 escort with the 1.8 dohc engine in it...the ignition lock switch is shot and a new one cost a pretty penny so i figured i could just hook up a switch and a push button .....the push button would be the starter and the switch would simple be the key in the "on" position, but i dont know what color wire is what...there is a six wire plug and also a two wire plug that go into the ignition lock switch....does anyone know which wire is which?
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Old 08-11-2006, 09:28 PM
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Here's something easier. If it's actually the lock that's shot, look at the bottom of the ignition switch assembly. There's a black plastic section that's held in with 1 scew and a clip. Remove it the screw and pull on the clip and slide it out, it's the actual electrical switch You can leave it hang and actuate it with a screwdriver till you can get another lock assembly. (Might try a wrecking yard to save some bucks.)

I went through this on my dad's old '91 Tracer (same car) but I just bought another switch and lock assembly complete from NAPA. I think it was about 60 bucks IIRC.
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60 bucks aint bad, i actually rigged it for now....i popped the guts out of the ignition and "broke" the locks out inside then slide it back together...so i can pretty much start it with anything but it still looks like the normal key ignition
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That's even better. Nothing like having your ignition all busted up and taken apart, you ever get pulled over and the cop takes one look and assumes you stole the car!

I guess they're a troublesome part on those cars, my dad had problems twice with his. First it was the electrical switch portion, and then the lock itself.
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If you have the patience of a saint, and the hands of a jeweller, you can fudge the old electrical switch apart, clean and lube the connectors, and re-assemble it. I had one where the switch down further on the collumn, moved by a metal rod, would make intermittent contacts... Not fun going down the road. Took it apart, cleaned and reassembled, and it was fine for years
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