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2003 Ford Focus ZX5 Steering Wheel column locked...key goes in but does not start the car....can't move wheel... Wheel is not straight....will not move even if jimmed..car totally locked....up..

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  • Anonymous Oct 10, 2008

    I have a 2006 Ford Focus and it is also doing the same thing! Steering wheel locks and key won't turn!

  • ajgr Oct 19, 2008

    My friend zx5 does the same thing key wont turn

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All you need is two inexpensive things to fix this. 1. Hammer and 2. WD-40. First, put the key in the ignition and tap it with the hammer. (this should unlock the steering wheel and the iginition) Second, spray some WD-40 in the key opening on the ignition, then put the key in again and proceed to tap it some more with the hammer. (WHEN I SAY TAP THE HAMMER I DO NOT MEAN HIT IT WITH FULL FORCE)... Any who keep put WD-40 and tapping it until you can turn the key without the help of the hammer... (should be at least 4 times) THE PROBLEM IS THAT WITH TIME DEBRI BUILDS UP IN THE IGNITION, AND THIS CAUSES THE STEERING TO LOCK UP WHEN YOU PLACE THE KEY IN THE IGNITION. THE HAMMER UNLOCKS THE SPRINGS IN THE IGNITION AND THE WD-40 CONVERTS THE DEBRI TO LIQUID SO IT CAN CLEAN THE IGNITION...

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A debri inside the key mechanism was one of the reason why the key wont turn.

Posted on Apr 03, 2009

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My 2005zx3 focus hatch witch is now giving me clutch problems did the same thing when i broke my key throwing it at a wall i figered out it was a chip missing in it so maybe its YOUR KEY CHIP. found chip and it started.

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Hi

This is a bit of a task, so I hope you're feeling brave! And I'm doing this from memory so bear with me!

First of all, disconnect the battery negative lead and then have a cup of coffee for 20 mins or so to give the airbag a chance to disarm.

Next, remove the upper and lower steering column plastic cowelling, unplug the airbag wiring, and then put the key in the ignition and release the steering lock.

Now, look at the back of the steering wheel around where the steering columnn goes in or thereabouts. You should see a number of bolts or screws which can be accessed one at a time by turning the steering wheel to bring each one into view. These are holding the airbag unit onto the steering wheel.

Undo and remove them all and then VERY CAREFULLY remove the airbag unit from the front of the steering wheel, and carry it with the airbag facing AWAY from you, and put it somwhere safe, FACE UP.

You should now have access to the steering wheel nut and its straight forward from here on, but remember, you will no longer have a drivers airbag, and you may need to have the light put out when the ECU realises you have removed the airbag.

Very best regards

Geordie

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