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ttscooks10

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Hi, I have a 98 ranger 3.0. Had to replace the key switch and the gear for it. it doesn’t start. I changed the starter since it was probably original one. Still won’t start.got a new relay . Still won’t start.took one of the other relays and tried that. Still won’t start.will only start with the key on jumper on the starter relay.anyone have any ideas? Thanks tim
 


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Ignition switch in start(12v)----Fuse 24------clutch switch------------starter relay

Check fuse 24, 7.5amp, in Cab fuse box, it powers the start circuit

Manual trans has a Clutch pedal switch that must be closed to pass 12v from fuse 24 to the Starter Relay in engine fuse box
Pedal must be down all the way to close the switch


The ignition switch itself is under the steering column above brake pedal area
The key only slides a rod in the column that moves the ignition switch into its 4 positions, ACC, OFF, RUN, START

The spring return in START is inside the ignition switch do you still feel that with new key cylinder setup?
If not then ignition switch is not being moved all the way into START


Ignition switch looks like this: https://images.oreillyauto.com/parts/img/medium/mpi/orly_2is112_202_ang_primary.jpg

You can see the silver rod on the top, thats what the key moves when you turn it, and thats what slides the switch into its 4 positions

You can unplug the switch, then remove it, then plug it back in and try to select its 4 positions
Clutch pedal still needs to be down to START
 

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Great thanks for your help. I’ll check it tomorrow
 

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The key switch springs back from the start position
 
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I hope you didn't trade in the starter :/ Good luck getting it fixed man, I'm sure you will :)
 

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Had to use it. Small bolt fo the wire snapped off. Jumped the clutch safety switch to get it to run using the key switch.
 

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