Shows how to remove a steering wheel and replace an actuator rod on a 1996 Ford Aerostar AWD XLT. This is an intense repair and it is important to have all required tools before starting otherwise you can easily get stuck and require a tow truck and a mechanic to complete the repair process.
If your vehicle won't turn off (turned on, but now turning the key is doing nothing) and you have a Ford (I can't say all Ford owners will be able to use this advice) then pull the ignition switch out (first thing shown on the video is the ignition switch hanging right below the air bag power connector) and pull that metal pin sticking up towards you. This will turn off your vehicle.
My 93 Ford Aerostar Starts Up After A 7 Year Sleep
Starting it to take it with me when my house gets sold once the water
damage is repaired. As I was trying to rock it out of the ground it because
it sunk in over the years I did a small burnout with it in the dirt.
By the way, doing a burnout with the door open like that. Bad idea, as you
can see that I smoked my own ass out. lol
This van has served me well. My family took me and my brother on road trips
with it and then I took it on my own road trips when I was using it
I parked it in my backyard by my storage unit in 2007 and it hasn't ran or
moved since until 1-15-2014. The reason why I parked it was because the
overdrive goes on and off until it reaches 70 mph. That and I have to add a
quart of oil to the engine before reaching 3,000 miles on an oil change.
But it survived my mother over heating it in it's early life before I owned
it. It has 271,000 miles on it and I didn't think that it was going to
start after sitting for so long with seven year old gas in the tank. But
you can see the look on my face in the video that I was impressed that it
did. Just by putting a battery in it and getting the starter to loosen up
and finally turn the engine over.
The reason why I broke the passenger side window is because the door was
stuck shut and I was trying to get it open.
Why did I park it instead of getting rid of it? Well original I was saving
it to take it to Dave's Farm and finish what ever life it had left in it
over there. But now I have a new idea. I'm going to take it to a Demolition
Derby and have fun with it before junking it. It had a good life and run
and now we party.
Removing and installing a car stereo...for a Ford Aerostar Van!!!
David and I took out our am/fm cassette player from our Ford Aerostar Van
and installed a am/fm CD player we got from a friend!!!
NOTE: You need a special tool for removal of this ford stereo system, its
called a DIN TOOL!!! We made ours out of an old wire coat hanger...
Ford Steering Column Actuator Repair Step 3: Assembly
This is video 3 of 3. Welcome to the assembly. In this video I will show
you how to completely reinstall all of your steering column components. I
hope these video help you. It wish these videos would have been around a
long time ago it would have made things much easier for me. If I can save
one person some money my job is done. Thanks for watching. Don't forget to
subscribe if this helps you out any. Let me know if you have any questions!
1995 Ford F-250 4X4 Ignition Switch Replacement
This video details the troubleshooting process I went through when
diagnosing the binding ignition switch concern in the start position.
During troubleshooting, other issues were found with the shift tube bushing
causing the gear selector lever to be loose.
Interestingly, what I thought was the problem (a worn ignition switch)
turned out to not be the problem at all. The problem with the key binding
in the start position is within the actuator rod mechanism. These parts
were lubricated as an initial corrective action, but that didn't solve the
The loose gear selector lever and binding ignition switch, though annoying,
aren't big enough issues at this point to invest more money to correct. So
I left things as they were so I can drive the truck and focus on more
pressing maintenance issues. I will research sourcing these parts and will
likely complete these repairs at a later date if these issues become
Lastly, the smoke and burning smell coming from the cluster/column area was
investigated and ultimately determined to be a failed component (a MOV) on
the speedometer board which isn't critical to gauge or vehicle operation.
Like the ignition switch/gear selector lever concern, this issue can wait
until I can source the replacement part or repair the part myself at a
I keep these videos real and what you see is what you get with no editing.
Sometimes, even after good troubleshooting, you're faced with a decision to
either take things a step further and complete the repair or pick your
battles and attack the issues later. This is one of those occasions. There
are other items I need to address with this truck first so I will likely
circle back to address the above items at a later date. You can't always
fix everything all at once. (9/20/2012)
Ford Steering Column Actuator Repair Step 1: Removal
Video 1 of 3. Sorry for the bad resolution but my camera was messing up on
me this day. You can still watch and learn just fine though. This video
shows everything you need to remove the housing and other parts on your
steering column. Please watch my other videos for tools and ideas you will
need for installation.
Ford 10 Cut Ignition Svc.
Ford, 10-cut ignition removal and new ignition installation process. All
in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii. Yearn to Learn.
1989 Ford F250 ignition lock rod replacement
Some one borrowed the truck and when they couldn't get there key out they
forced it and broke the rod. I modified the rod so I could get it in
without taking it apart. Then I watched another video and saw that I could
have just cut the rod shorter.
1991 F150 Remove steering wheel to replace/repair key and tumbler
Key would not turn forward to start the car. I had to remove the steering
wheel to drill out the metal button holding the key and tumbler set in.
Normally, you can turn the key to start and insert a long rod upwards
through the hole on the lower side of the steering column to press the
button which releases the key and tumbler. Since my key would not turn
forward, I had to take the steering wheel off to fix it.
Replacing a Rack & Pinion Type Inner Tie Rod DIY
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channel & SUBSCRIBE for more DIY auto repair videos. This is a video
showing how to replace an inner tie rod on a rack and pinion equipped
vehicle. This on is a 1997 Ford Explorer 2 wheel drive. I made a brief
reference to a zip tie on the video & didn't explain myself. I used a zip
tie in place of the inner bellows boot clamp on the rack.
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1996 Ford Aerostar XLT 4x4 MiniVan Astro Mini Van Kombi 2 Owner 42K Mile
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The Ford Aerostar is a minivan produced by Ford Motor Company for the North
American market; the first such design by Ford, it was sold from the 1986
to the 1997 model years. It was sold in both passenger van and cargo van
configurations in two body lengths with both rear wheel drive and all wheel
drive configurations. The Aerostar was sold only under the Ford brand; the
first minivan sold by the Lincoln-Mercury division was the 1993 Mercury
Villager. Production was ended after the 1997 model year after its
replacement by the Windstar in the 1995 model year; both product lines were
sold from 1995-1997. The role of the Aerostar cargo van was left unfilled
until the 2010 introduction of the Transit Connect.
The aerodynamic styling (.37 coefficient of drag) resembled the Ford Taurus
introduced alongside it for 1986. An early commercial ad campaign compared
the side profile of the Aerostar to that of the NASA Space Shuttle. For
much of its later life, the Aerostar would be marketed as part of Ford's
For 1992, the Aerostar received minor design changes on the exterior to
improve its aerodynamics. Although no sheetmetal was changed, the Aerostar
now had an updated front end. To live up to the "aero" part of its name,
the sealed-beam headlamps were replaced by replaceable-bulb composite
units. The front turn signal lenses changed from all-amber to mostly clear.
The grille insert was changed yet again, moving the Ford logo from the
center to the top third of the grille. This was done to match the similarly
redesigned Econoline and the then-new Explorer. The Aerostar's distinctive
A-pillar windows were blacked out further to look slightly smaller. On XLT
wagons, two-tone paint was an option; instead of the Eddie Bauer tan,
silver was the typical accent color. On vans with two-tone paint, bumpers
were now painted completely body-color; gray bumpers were still fitted to
single-color Aerostars. 1992 also marked the introduction of plastic wheel
Other changes were made as Ford introduced new safety features to the
Aerostar. The interior received a major redesign as Ford added a driver
airbag as standard equipment; 3-point seatbelts on all outboard seats were
also added. With the addition of the airbag, Ford took the opportunity to
make major changes to the dashboard. The design and layout of the controls
was changed to improve ergonomics, while the gauge panel, climate controls,
and other minor controls (wipers, headlights) were replaced with parts
common to other Ford vehicles. The gear selector for the automatic
transmission moved from the floor to the steering column; a floor console
with cup holders and a coin holder took its place. In Aerostars with analog
instruments, a digital odometer was added. The placement of the radio
controls stayed the same, but the faceplate was updated from the mid-1980s
As with the 1986-1991 model, the Aerostar was offered in a cargo van and
three different trim levels for the 7-passenger minivan. The XL, XLT, and
Eddie Bauer were carried over. An exception is 1997, the final year; all
versions except the XLT and the cargo van were discontinued. The standard
engine for second-generation Aerostars is the 3.0L Vulcan V6 with the
option of the 4.0L Cologne V6. All-wheel drive was continued as an option
through the end of production
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