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My key will not turn in my 2000 ford focus has anyone had this problem and not had to replace ignition

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  • choward66 Dec 03, 2008

    We had the same problem and replaced the ignition and now it won't start. Our friend who is a mechanic says the anti-theft was activated. Can we reset that ourselves? Tested the starter and it is good. HELP.



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Will the key go in and out of the ignition? If you can take the key from the ignition, I would use WD40 and lubricate the ignition lock until it is almost overly lubricated and take the key and push it in the lock and tap the end of the key into the lock with a hammer (remember, I said TAP). These things might get your car ignition to work long enough to get your car ignition into the ON position. at that point removal of the ignition cylinder is very easy. if you can't get the key to turn go to this page to see about drilling out the lock so it will turn.

Go to this website and get in contact with Tousley Ford. They have great prices on ford parts if you are in the USA.

I just changed out the ignition cylinder in my 2002 Focus and it was a five minute job because I could get the old cylinder in the ON position and didn't have to drill it out. and Tousley ford did me great on the price!
Good luck.

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SOURCE: I have a 2000 Ford Focus that the key won't turn.

This could take some patience but it will work. Get some glass cleaner in a spray can. Spray liberally into the lock cylinder. Then using a small hammer or something with a little weight apply turing pressure lightly while tapping the key. Remember lightly. Then once its turned you should be able to get the key to turn. Remember to be patient. It could take up to 15 minutes but it will work. Use an aerosol spray cleaner. These work the best. Good luck.

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the steering wheel may have been locked 1/4 turn to right or left, give it a little and try turning key it should work fine.

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very common you need a new ignition cylinder

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SOURCE: how do i replace ignition switch 2000 ford focus

Take the lower cover off and the tilt lever if equiped. Then turn the igniton one click and use a pen to push the pin up from the under side of the lock cylinder and the cylinder will come out rather easy. If your actually tring to get the switch out remove the lower cover and then remove the screws holding the switch to the colum. Unplug the switch harness at the bottom of the colum and remove.

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i can't figure out how to remove ignition . the key is in the ignition switch , the key won't turn . i have a new ignition switch but can't figure out how to remove it?

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