Question about 2006 Ford Focus
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Posted on Apr 29, 2009
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!
Posted on Jan 30, 2009
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.
Posted on Jan 29, 2009
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
Posted on Dec 10, 2008
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!
Posted on Sep 26, 2011
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
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
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
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
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
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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