Ignition key problem

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Old 03-22-05, 11:11 AM
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Ignition key problem

Have a 2000 Ford Focus and the ignition key sometimes wont come out or wont turn, now i have to leave the key in the ignition because have a hard time to turn the key.
 

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Old 03-22-05, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Dukester
Have a 2000 Ford Focus and the ignition key sometimes wont come out or wont turn, now i have to leave the key in the ignition because have a hard time to turn the key.
2 things could be happening.

1) Shake the steering wheel, see if that solves your problem.

2) If it's an automatic, try to shake (GENTLY) the shifter without pressing the button in park.

Hope this helps
 
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Old 03-22-05, 12:34 PM
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Sounds like a defective key lock (where you insert your key)r, or a defective ignition switch mounted near the bottom end of the steering column.

Go to an auto parts store and ask to look at those parts so you will know what they look like. You might need a special set of security bits to remove the switch, but they sell those at the auto store too.
 
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Old 03-22-05, 02:51 PM
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Ignition key problem

Have a 2000 ford focus and have trouble getting turning the key in on position
and sometimes cant turn the key and stay's in on position.
 
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Old 03-22-05, 03:07 PM
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Might be time for a new ignition switch and key
Do you have a spare?
Does it do the same thing?
If not maybe just a new key
 
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I merged the 2 duplicate threads to keep everything together.Please try to keep all posts about the same car and problem together.Davo
 
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Old 03-22-05, 05:57 PM
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I'm unable to get the

full text of the message, but there was a TSB (TSB 02-18-02) from Ford about this back in 2002. It might be worth checking into, or perhaps someone here has access to the TSB and can tell you if it applies.

Hope this helps!
 
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Old 03-22-05, 10:32 PM
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The TSB does address the stuck lock cylinder concern but mostly contains removal instructions for if you can't turn the cylinder with the key. There is no extended warranty offered for the concern.
 
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Old 03-23-05, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Dukester
Have a 2000 Ford Focus and the ignition key sometimes wont come out or wont turn, now i have to leave the key in the ignition because have a hard time to turn the key.

sound like the upper actuator arm has gone bad! I had a the same problem with a 87 ford f 350. Key would'nt come out. hope this helps!
 
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Old 03-23-05, 10:56 PM
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this is common with 00 and 01 focuses it is about $200 to have the ignition switch replaced at a shop. Getting it replaced it the only solution iv heard of.
 
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Old 03-24-05, 08:32 PM
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A word of advice from a Ford Tech, If you have trouble with your Focus ignition tumbler, replace it now, before it jams up really bad & you have to get it drilled out In this case an ounce of prevention is worth it's weight in gold Trust me on this one!
 
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Old 03-31-05, 01:13 PM
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Thanks for the advice(Ignition problem focus 2000)

Originally Posted by hopkinsr2
A word of advice from a Ford Tech, If you have trouble with your Focus ignition tumbler, replace it now, before it jams up really bad & you have to get it drilled out In this case an ounce of prevention is worth it's weight in gold Trust me on this one!
Fixed the problem had to change the tumblers did it myself.
 
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Old 03-31-05, 05:34 PM
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I second what hopkinsr2 is telling you. Replace the tumbler now. Alot less labor cost!
 
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