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Old 07-21-2010, 01:46 PM   #1
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Foxbody Ignition wiring harness help needed

I had some starter issues on my '88 GT that had me replace the starter, the solenoid, trace and clean the ground and starter wire and connectors. The starter turns over if I supply positive to the ignition lead post on the solenoid. Last night I opened the steering column and found that the Ignition switch was burned and the Wiring harness plug is melted.

I called the dealer and they said that their records don't show that my VIN needs the recall work.

What does eveyone recommend to fix this issue? Sauter a new plug on the existing harness? Replace the entire harness. Someone suggested getting one from Painless Wiring but I don't see it on their web catalog.

Anyone had to do this before? What's involved?
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go to your local ford/lincoln mercury dealer and get 2 parts
part # SW-2474 AND WPT368
ignition switch and repair harness the harness has new wires that are about 12 inches long so you can splice them to your harness. the harness is a little high priced but it's original equipment quality.
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That sounds manageable. Thanks.
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Not common, but not unheard of by any means for steering column ignition
switch to go out.
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Any thing I should be looking for in the meantime, such as what may have caused this in the first place? Or just feel confident that it should be good to go (after replacing the harness) since I've replaced or cleaned everything else in the system?
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I called the local Dealer parts dept and they didn't show a harness part for that year. I gave them the WPT368 number and he said that is for an '03 model. Does that make any sense?
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I called the local Dealer parts dept and they didn't show a harness part for that year. I gave them the WPT368 number and he said that is for an '03 model. Does that make any sense?
i am a parts manager at a lincoln dealer and most counter people are fricken idiot's just order it and ignore the douchbag behind the counter lol
it's the right part.
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Any thing I should be looking for in the meantime, such as what may have caused this in the first place? Or just feel confident that it should be good to go (after replacing the harness) since I've replaced or cleaned everything else in the system?
it's a very common prob....why do you think there was a recall on this very same switch? ford didn't cover every car with this switch for some unknown reason but i bought an 88 gt for $1500.00 because the switch was burned up and the dude didn't have a clue how to fix it.
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LOL, That's what I wanted to hear! Thanks.
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