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12-05-2012 08:49 PM
G Ford Fan
Got ign. lock cylinder assembled....not bad

Well, I received my new igniton lock cylinder tonight, and with the excellent instructions provied by the Ebay seller, (FORD iOEM nstructions), and a very informative You tube video also supplied by the seller, I got the ign. lock cylinder all assembled. Now I will install the assembled cylinder in my car over the weekend. Hopefully that will go just as smoothly.

I used a dial calipers and measured all the cuts and believe it or not, what I came up with was SPOT ON what the seller said it would be, after I sent him a pic of the key itself!! I was impressed.

As you can see from the photo, it seems there may be some validity in what the one poster said about Ford, this bag from Strattec has a Ford part number on it and a Ford barcode, and it says "made in the USA" so maybe they are supplying these to Ford? This is the revised cylinder and was about $33 shipped! I am hoping to head the ignition cylinder issue off at the pass before I have a problem!

I am very pleased so far, seems to be good quality.

12-02-2012 03:46 PM
G Ford Fan Exactly, I don't see any reason why one would want to use the old style, but if you go to Advance or Auto Zone, the Dorman hose is identical to the Stock Ford one.

Now waiting for my ign key lock cylinder to show up to address that issue! LOL!
12-02-2012 10:28 AM
TerryB Yeah, I guess if people still want the older style it's still available.
12-02-2012 07:59 AM
G Ford Fan Sounds, good thanks again Terry and others who posted and offered help.

To the one poster, I think it was the third post overall, the photo showing the two hoses is a comparison. The top hose is the OEM style, with the hard bend, (that usually gets a hole in it or sucks shut under engine vaccum load). The one with the heat shielding on it is the revised part, so if you already changed that you are good to go, you don't change both, it's the same hose for the same application, just a revision on the OEM style (and a good one too) the bend for the rear of the intake is not as harsh so I don't anticipate any issues with this new hose.

12-02-2012 07:20 AM
TerryB I'm glad I saved you some time instead of searching around. I paid about the same through my local dealer. I didn't have any holes, but when I ran my engine the hose would completely collapse. I went through Amazon for my ignition cylinder. I think I paid about $57.00 for the Motorcraft part. I didn't even bother using the tumblers. Any key will fit, but without the PATS chip the car won't start. So I'm not concerned with a security issues. It also allows me to remove the key while the car is running.
12-01-2012 04:36 PM
G Ford Fan I got my PVC hose changed out today.

I used the Ford revised hose with the heat shielding on it, it was $21 at the local dealer.

My hose didn't have any holes in it, but at the bend where it goes into the rear of the intake it felt "soft" As you can see from the pic, the hose is dry-cracked and could have been leaking (or partially sucking shut at that bend) and contributing to my part-throttle surging and sometimes low-idle. It was worth changing now, before I'm forced to do it on a 15 degree day this winter!

It also had some knicks and rub marks on it so it would have rubbed through soon also.

Thanks (Terry B) for the part # that is the one I purchased, and advise I recd in the Ztec chat forum and this thread!


12-01-2012 11:17 AM
G Ford Fan Yes, the ebay seller sells startec. It has to be the same person. He has a very good feedback rating. I'm going to give it a shot and just ask for the kit to key it myself. Can't be that hard with good instructions.

Be it made in China or not! I had my wife's 08' up on the lift for service last night and saw that what I believe was the AC condenser to have a FoMoCo tag on it that says "MADE IN CHINA"

I about threw up! I know we have a global economy, but geeze...Chinese JUNK....can't stand it! So if Ford is putting Chinese JUNK on OEM, why not aftermarket? Just different grades of Chinese Junk I guess? LOL!

Sorry for the rant!

12-01-2012 10:41 AM
lildisco I just bought one from i believe the same seller off ebay. Was it out of New York? Anyway, the seller claimed the ford doesn't make 'new' ignition cylinders any more & they use this other company called starttec. This seller also keyed this ic to my sisters zts for no extra charge after i sent them hi-res photos of the key. Procedure took around 10 minutes, just make sure you have a small flat-head screw driver to fit in the little hole to release the ic. 1st time took me around 1/2 an hour, (bought a different set keyed to another car, wasn't thinking) 2nd time took me 10 minutes start to finish.
12-01-2012 06:58 AM
G Ford Fan The Ebay one Is supposed to come with total instructions....i just don't know how to key the OEM if i went that route, to my current key....the Ebay one is supposed to include instructions on how to key the cylinder too......

seems easy enough to physically change out the lock cyl though.

I also strongly believe this is the OEM lock Grandpa bought this car new, and unless it was changed when he wrecked the car when it was 2 yrs old (heavy front end hit) then it's the factory original.
12-01-2012 05:45 AM
whynotthinkwhynot We can give you instructions for how to replace a lock cylinder that is not locked up. It's easy as long as you can turn the key. All you do is remove the plastic covering the steering column, then turn the key back to the ACC position, and press a detent on the upper corner- 10 o'clock position- at the base of the lock cylinder. Use a small allen wrench or small screwdriver to press it in- and the cylinder will fall off.
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