BA – BF Steering column Ignition switch
Part number: BA – BF Floor Shift BA3C529AK1T, BA – BF Column Shift BA7200AK1T
Problem: Ignition barrel key not returning
In 2002 the BA Falcon was released, like its predecessor the AU Ford Falcon, the ignition switch was riveted into the steering column, unlike many other manufactures the ignition return spring is not located in the barrel but rather in the switch hence replacing the barrel will not fix the problem.
If the ignition switch is not repaired you run the risk of somebody forgetting to return the key back to the correct position, this will burn out the starter motor, in time the small piece of metal holding the return in place can snap completely and render the ignition no longer serviceable. The ignition switch, is part of the Roadworthy or Pink Slip and some insurance companies insist the vehicle is RWC.
Ford fixed this problem in late 2008 by making a replaceable ignition switch.
Solution: That was the bad news. The good news is that it can be fixed. There are a few options for fixing the ignition switch.
- Replace the original steering column with a second hand unit. Although we inspect these through our stringent 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 to recondition the steering column but to stopping this problem from 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. In the case you have lost of your key we can supply it with a key and barrel but you must code it to the car using the appropriate Ford software.