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Key stuck in ignition barrel - 2006 Ford Focus

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  • Vapor2 Jan 17, 2009

    Same here tried all that stuff stil stuck. Stearing wheel not locking.

  • angeleyes3 Feb 21, 2009

    I had the keys get stuck twice so far and I tried everything to get them out, I took the car to a service station and don't ya know the keys came right out when I put the car in park. I had tried shifting the gears even drove and reparked the car hoping to get them unstuck. The service station said ot mone the gear shift a little till you hear a click. So far this is working but I still think it needs to be looked into fruther that there is a problem with this happening. Ford should step up and correct the issue. Other then that I have no other complaints at least not at this time.

  • Anonymous Apr 21, 2009

    Key is stuck in ignition. Car will start, but once turned off and in park, it will not come out.

  • Anonymous May 07, 2009

    I also have the same problem. This the second time this has happened. The first time the key came out the following day. This time it has been 4 days and still not able to remove key out of the ignition. I also tried shift gears, driving around and reparking car just hoping it will come out but no luck. The service representive at the Ford dealership says it will cost $650.00 to replace gear shift, because that is where the problem is.

  • emitchell918 May 20, 2009

    I am having the same problem. I also have a 2006 Ford Focus. For about a month now my key gets stuck in the ignition. I can tell that it has something to do with the gear shift not locking into place. It doesn't do it all the time. It will go a week and not do it and then some days it won't come out at all.

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    venisa_arbog May 12, 2012

    can you tape it up?

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    venisa_arbog May 12, 2012

    can you tape it up

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I shared the same problem - the key stuck in the ignition.

solution: there is a black 3/4" ring below the grey shifter handle that looks like three rings in one. if this piece is down the shifter post and not up agains shifter handle, the key will not release. Push ring up towards the handle until you hear a click (you might have to twist it a bit to get it up the post). once it's in place, the key will release. good luck.

Posted on Jul 10, 2009

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  • bbresna Dec 28, 2010

    awesome!! thank you for this! i was ready to trade my car in for fear that this would be a costly repair or a symptom of a bigger issue. after reading your tip i fixed it myself in...oh...about 10 seconds!! thank you thank you! : )

  • nikkbee01 Apr 03, 2011

    thank you so much I have been fighting with my key stuck for two hours. this was super helpful and accurate for my 2007 ford focus!

  • Jackie Rose May 09, 2011

    Thank you for your advice! I fixed my car. The key is out !! I had to put the car in gear to pull the ring up. Great advice!!

  • zelf Oct 01, 2011

    This works perfectly. No idea that ring is there, or for that purpose either. Made an account just to post a big thanks.

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Have the same issue with 2005 Ford Focus. Key would not come out with car in park, key chime on. Definitely check the 3 ring sleeve just below the shifter handle (as stated above). Mine was down; I pulled it up towards the shifter handle firmly until it clicked and the key came out. Inside the shifter handle/rod is the shift interlock actuator switch. I think likely when that sleeve is down, the switch is not making contact, thus not telling the ignition switch that the vehicle is in Park (thinks still in gear) and the key is not released.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010

  • pm2261 Jun 22, 2010

    Your solution was 100% correct, you saved me from going to the dealer.
    Now I need to figure out why the 3 Ring Sleeve was down.
    Thanks Again
    Pete from NY

  • northgal Dec 11, 2010

    thanks a million-especially when this happens on a weekend and can't talk to the dealer. Saved me loads of cash and stress!!

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I had the exact same thing happen to me this morning when I arrived at work. I put the car in park and the key wouldn't come out of the ignition. I called around trying to get someone to take a look at it, but everyone was booked for the day. I decided I would Google the problem, and what do you know I found out what is causing it!

The shifter button has a ring around it and I pulled the ring out from around the shifter button and what to you know my keys were released from the ignition. There are a couple of "plastic" tabs on the ring and one is broken off so I assume that is what was causing the problem and the car thought it was still in park and wouldn't release my keys. I have heard that they can't just replace this small plastic part and that they have to replace the entire shifter, which is quite expensive.

This is clearly a defect in which Ford should be responsible for fixing without charging us a small fortune. If they replace the entire shifter, it is only a matter of time that is breaks again since this plastic ring isn't made to be very durable.

I hope this helps all of you!!

Posted on Jun 18, 2009

  • vddueker Jun 18, 2009

    Sorry I meant to say the car thought is was still in "drive" and not "park" in my second paragraph.

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HELLO!
I also had this problem with my Focus 2005. It is an automatic transmission car problem we are talking about. Just to cut the noise of the door "open" alert, I un-plugged the battery. This also allowed me to remove the key!
I went here to read you all... :-) and what do you know, the solution was that inexpensive plastic ring under the handle that was just a little bit under its clipping device. All I had to do was to re-clip that ring to the handle on Park. It is soooo easy, no tool required and it is totally free! Great!
I re-plugged the battery... Problem was fixed!! :-)
Thanks to you all!
JF Chaput... up North in Montreal!

Posted on Jul 10, 2010

  • Gord Caslor Oct 04, 2010

    Reading this thread is a great example of one of the true benefits of the Internet; saving me probably a year's cost of Internet service by fixing my problem in about 30 seconds instead of taking it in to the dealership this week!

  • tvcinema654 Aug 27, 2011

    100 % functional. I had the problem and solver in seconds. Tanks very much

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I have had the stuck key problem 2 times. The first time it was stuck 2 or 3 days. Had to lock key in car while at work. Keys finally came out. Happened again today at the dealership when I went for routine oil change, nontheless. The technician could not get the key out, either. Ask if I had them fix the ignition problem would it happen again. Was told that it would probably continue and this was a common problem with Focus. My husband had tried to get key out without success trying ideas from bloggers. Ran across 1 suggestion to unconnect battery and reconnect. Worked like a charm. This will be the first thing we do if this happens again. Makes me think electrical.
Before we got this solved I had googled and went to fordproblems.com looking for help. It linked me to NHTSA at safercar.gov. I filed complaint. If enough do this maybe there will be a recall or some help. Hope this helps someone.

Posted on May 22, 2009

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I had the same problem with my 2007 Ford Focus Station Wagon. The key got stuck in the ignition yesterday & I could not get it out.I even tried popping out the little round black thing next to the gear shift & pressed down on the white plastic thing inside but it didn't make a difference. When I got home, I googled the problem & found this site. Turns out the problem was the black plastic ring located toward the base of the gear shift - it was down. After reading the suggestions here, I went out to my car & notice it was down, so I pulled up on it, it clicked, and PRESTO - the key came out - no problem. Thanks SOO much - saved me a ton of money (I'm sure!) at the dealership!!

Posted on Jan 26, 2011

  • elsajim Jan 28, 2011

    Same problem with my 2006 Ford Focus. The key was stuck in the ignition. Wouldn't come out and the steering wheel remained unlocked and you could move the shift back and forth while it was off and in park. Tried everything! Finally tried looking for the black plastic ring mentioned above. It's around the neck of the gear shift. It was down. Had to turn it on, shift to drive, then pop the black ring up, it clicked. Put it back into park, turned it off and out came the key! Thank you for posts. Really helped!

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I had the same problem with my 2006 ford focus. The key would not come out of the ignition. I took it to the ford dealership and they had to replace some cable in the shifter that tells the car that it is actually in park. Since they fixed it I have not had a problem. The repair was a little costly. I believe that I had to pay $285.00.

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I treid those things and tapping the key with hammer and all those things I found on the internet. Nothing worked. So I prayed hard for a couple weeks. Then I parked on a hill one day and the key came out. Maybe there was something stuck keeping it from going completely in park when it looked like it was? Maybe it was just the prayers! It has been a week and it has not got stuck again! Thank you for trying to help!

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Had same problem on employees 01 Focus. Had to play with it awhile finaly removed the key by pushing in and turning key to off and then pulling, all in one motion. seem to be ignition lock failing put some graphite in tumbler and problem is gone for now.

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Put into neutral and try to pull them out, otherwise jam it back into drive, and push in when trying to turn to off or lock position then try to remove should be due to a bad or misaligned neutral safety switch

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Can you tape up the 3 ring thing so it won't fall down? my 3 ring broke so i taped it in place is that ok?

Posted on May 12, 2012

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    can you tape up the 3 ring thing so it won't fall down? my 3 ring broke so i taped it in place is that ok? 2007 ford focus

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Thank God for this post. It saved me a lot of money and stress. Once I pulled that ring up under the gear shift, the key came out. 2007 Ford Focus. Bless you for posting this solution online!

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I had the same problem with my daughters 97 Honda Civic. A poorly cut new key was lodged in the ignition. I did a combination of things: WD-40 (Not too much) That did not work. Then out of desperation I applied cold ice packs to the key while at the same time using daughter's blow dryer to heat up the ignition slot. My theory being maybe I could possibly shrink and insulate the key with cold while expanding the ignition slot with hot air. Did it several times without success and just when I thought my theory would not work; lo and behold daughter reached over from the pasenger side (Car in neutral) and pulled out the stuck key out!

Maybe I just got lucky but it's worth a try before you pay a locksmith or dealer to fix it.

Lesson learned: Have your Car's dealership cut your spare keys!

Posted on Apr 05, 2009

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SOURCE: I HAVE A MERCEDEZ 190 AND THE KEYS ARE NOT TURNING

it is better to buy a new ignition barrel.it takes a special socket to get the screws out, once the screws are out they do not need to be replaced.buy new barrel,disconnect negative battery cable,disconnect wires from barrel assembly, remove barrel from colum. first take vin# to dealership parts department to get correct barrel assembly, the keys with new assembly will fit doors and trunk

Posted on May 20, 2009

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SOURCE: ignition barrel will not turn when key inserted

the tumblers in the lock set has dropped! This CAN be a easy fix just take your time.take the housing of from around it, at the bottom of the lock cylinder in the metal housing there is a pin the holds it into place you will have to drill the pin out and replace the old one.hope the info has been helpful to you!!

Posted on Jun 02, 2009

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SOURCE: mercedez 190 ignition barrel. I have taken out ignition barrel attached to steering coloum but i can not remove key ignition from steering coloum how does it remove ignition barrel from steering

Should be the same as w123 model. Check diy Mercedes web page.
Photos included easy to do.

Posted on Jul 07, 2009

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SOURCE: iv taken ignition barrel off iv got a bit of metal

can u not use a stong magnet r twesers to retreve it ? if not ther shud b littel grub skrew or ser clip that will need to b taken out then it shud pull aprt b curefull lots of fidely bits that can b lost

Posted on Oct 04, 2009

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SOURCE: key ignition barrel does not turn 2000 avalon

i can turn the key to acc but will not go any further.

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