SX – SY Steering column (Ignition switch)
Part number: SX3C529AKIT, SX3C529BKIT, SY3C529C, SY3C529D, SY3C529S2, SY3C529S3, 5R7Z3C529DC
Problem: ignition key not returning
In 2004 the SX Territory was introduced into the Australian market, much like the BA Ford Falcon, the ignition switch was riveted in to the steering column and the ignition return spring was not located in the barrel but instead was located in the switch which is why replacing a barrel will not solve the issue.
Without the ignition switch being repaired you would run a risk of yourself or somebody forgetting to return the key back to the correct position, resulting in burning out the starter motor. Over time the tiny piece of metal holding the return in place can break completely and render the ignition no longer serviceable. The ignition switch, is part of the Roadworthy or Pink Slip, some insurance companies insist the vehicle is RWC.
Ford also fixed this problem with the Territory ignition switches in late 2008 by making a replaceable ignition switch, much like it did with the BA Falcon.
Solution: The great news is that it can be fixed. These are the options for fixing the ignition switch.
- Replace the original steering column with a second hand unit. Although we inspect these through our quality control department they still run the risk of the same problem happening again in the future. This would be the cheapest option however it will come with a high risk of failure in the future.
- Replace the original steering column with a fully reconditioned unit. These steering columns are stripped down and fitted with stronger internal components. Our technician that reconditions these units was a former engineer for Bosch Australia and has found a way to not only recondition the steering column but to stop this problem from ever happening again in the future.
Note: It is also a good idea to use your own key and barrel to avoid unnecessary reprogramming and lock cutting to match door barrels.