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Old 02-08-2008, 01:42 PM   #1
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I'm sure I don't have the first Aerostar with problems.

The one I have doesn't want to start but instead "slips." I have to jiggle the steering column shifter, and then it starts right up. I was told that this is because there'* some sensor that sees if the car is in P or N before it'll let the engine do anything. I'll try to get a video of the engine the next time I can get the shifter in such a place that the engine won't start.
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Does it help if you pull the gear shift lever further up while you turn the key?

Picture this: hold the gear shift lever further up with your left hand (wrapped up, over the wheel) while you try to start it with your right hand.
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I completely see what you're saying, so kudos for that. But actually, the shifter has to go the other way. Strange, isn't it?
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Have you tried neutral position to see if it will start that way?
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Yes, it does start like that as well. It'* a nice solution, but just too strange to remember.

This might be a bad time for me to add that you can, without the key, turn the surrounding metal thing 360. 1337ssei'* dad took it to some lock place for them to rip out the ignition and see if the goods need to be replaced.
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Is the shifter loose at all? What engine/year is it? My parents 95 with the 4.0L has never had this issue...
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This is a 92 Aerostar with a 3.0L V6 and only RWD.

Could I put in some ghetto system to short out the starter solenoid when the key is in the on position?
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Actually my friend had that same van in hawaii..92, 3.0, RWD, had that same problem. He just put it in neutral to start it. IIRC.
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I had an ignition switch issue with my 91 LeBaron 'vert some time ago. I was too poor to even afford a junkyard switch, so I rigged up a doorbell switch to start the thing. Worked well enough to get me by for a few months.
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I had an ignition switch issue with my 91 LeBaron 'vert some time ago. I was too poor to even afford a junkyard switch, so I rigged up a doorbell switch to start the thing. Worked well enough to get me by for a few months.
That'* awesome! Do you think I can rig a giant, red button that you hold down until the car starts when the key is in the ON position?
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