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I'm replacing a ignition switch I have the plastic steering column cover shroud top and bottom off. I can see the switch but can't get to the screws to get it out how do I do this

And the screws look to be a special kind someone told me maybe torx? can anyone tell me what kind. Any help wound be appreciated Thank You This is a 1990 ford thunderbird

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    Gene Bettes Jun 24, 2015

    I have been investigating but have not find anything. I did ask a mechanic who told me it was the ignition switch. he told me that the plastic housing had had gaps and to much play in it. Basically falling a part. I am older Partially disabled on a limited income. I have no family to help me. I couldn't afford to have it fixed an they would work with me on payments. So I looked it up on google.and got as far as I am now. Thats how I got blindly into in. I have to have a car to get to my doctors store and such. Thank You for the link I will go look at it.

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