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My question involves the Ignition on my 68 Mustang. Recently the car would not start and I found out that the problem was the coil had burnt up. Oil was leaking from it when I pulled the ignition coil wire from the coil. Now about 2-3 months before this started I had to started "jiggling" the key around to get the instruments and radio to come on, even when the car was running. We also found the coil to be "hot" even when the key was not in the ignition.
What is happening??? Is my ignition switch bad since I have to jiggle the key to get everything to come on or is something just loose inside the ignition switch?? thank for any help
 
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Do you ever come out to a dead battery? If the coil is hot even when the car is off, It is getting Juice even with the switch off. If your haveing trouble with the switch, that'd be a good stariting point. With the switch off, use a volt meter to check the voltage on the coil. If your getting anything, pull the wire clip from the back of the ignition switch and recheck the voltage at the coil. If it's hot your problem is a short in the harness (or some creative PO wiring). If it's not hot, then replace your ignition switch. I got a Virginia Mustangs catalog yesterday, they have a complete switch/lock set for $18.00 then you could replace all locks, and only have one set of keys.

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I had a similar problem on my 66. The car would continue to run when the key was removed. I chose to replace the ignition switch. CJ Pony Parts can sell you the ignition only ($13.95 for a 68), and you use your existing tumbler (I could for my 66, a 68 may be different, call them). Removing the ignition was a pain for me with my fat hands, so I had my 10 year old daughter do it. Swapping the tumbler was a piece of cake. This way you don't have to change any other locks if you don't want to.
 
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If you do determine it's the switch and go to replace it, the best way to get at it is through the hole for the instrument cluster. Getting it in from below is almost impossible and very frustrating. Do a search here for ignition switch and you'll come up with some good tips on how to do it. Doing the doors is a pain as you have to work in the cramped door area. You may want to take that into consideration if you wanted to go the matching keys route.


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