89 thunderbird sc won’t start

fordrodsteven

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How did you arrive at changing the steering column, ignition switch? My experience in over 50 years working on cars would be that 99% of the time with no crank or start it would be the starter or starter solenoid. Most likely the starter.
 

fordrodsteven

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Someone tried stealing the car and ripped out the ignition parts so we needed a new column and lock cylinder but the ignition switch on the column was missing a piece so we had to replace that.
Oh. I understand. I didn't know the lead in story. Have you tried to jump / bypass to see if the starter / solenoid will work to crank the engine? I should think as long as the column / wiring are compatible it would basically be plug n play. If you're pretty sure the column and ignition switch are functioning properly I would then go through standard start system troubleshooting procedures. Also the neutral safety start switch could cause the symptoms you are experiencing. Again, standard start system troubleshooting would find that problem.
 
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fordrodsteven

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If you can get it to crank by jumping the solenoid I would then look to the neutral safety start switch to check that it has power going to it and that it is properly adjusted and functioning.
 
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