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Why does my car continue to run even when the key is removed from the ignition?

I have a Ford Escort 1.8 TD but the ignition lights are on even when the key is not inserted. It goes out if the brake pedal is depressed. The engine continues to run when the key is removed but stops when the brake pedal is depressed?

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Escorts are well known for faulty ignition switch actuators. Check yours by removing the cover under the steering wheel and you'll be able to see where it connects to the ignition barrel.
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