Originally Posted by lemahoney08
I will get pictures tonight and post them up in the morning. The ignition switch part is only 9.98 at Napa so I may just go that route and not be out much if it is not the problem.
It is the problem. I've rebuilt my own column part by part. I disassembled my old ignition switch to map the connections. Those copper pieces are the contacts of the switch that ride on the plastic rails inside. They are spring loaded and covered in grease.
The return spring sits inside at the end of the switch and repels the slider. the slider is connected via a rod up to a rack under the shroud that is moved up and down via the motion of the key.
There are no hidden springs anywhere inside the column. In fact, the only spring in the column is for the lock plate (and if you have an auto column, for the selector lever).