Just recently i was out driving and parked off at a friends house. when i went to leave, my 2000 ford focus wouldnt start. the ignition woulndt even turn and now the wheel is locked. i think it might be the key because the edges have been worn smooth but wondering if it could be anything else?
Yes it does sound to me like the key is the problem.
the only other thing for a steering locking up would be the steering lock silenoid but that is activated by the brake pedal and the key has to be turned
if this is the orginal key it could be something else because the key and the tumblers inside the ingintion would wear down the same time together,but is the is a replacement key or back-up it will be the key because the tumblers would have been worn done by a different key.
try wiggling the key as you turn maybe you can get it to turn.
You will likely have to replace the ignition and key together.
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Use the key, if it wont turn try jerking the steering wheel in both directions while turning the key, sometimes when the wheel is turned when parked the key lock gets stuck due to pressure on the lock cylinder
your steering wheel has tension on it - are your front wheels parked against a curb or were you turning your steering wheel while you shut off the car? Try pulling hard left and turning the key. If that doesn't work, pull hard right while turning the key. You may have to pull really hard if you are a smaller person.
I have an 2002 Escape. I can think of three possible issues:
You're using the wrong key. Duh.
You have a bad ignition switch. Extremely unlikely.
Your steering wheel is pushing against the steering lock. I just went out to my Escape to confirm this on mine. This happens sometimes if you park against a curb, or parking block. The steering wheel is pushed against the lock pin, and the key can not be turned.
Trying turning the sterring wheel back and forth. There should be some play or shake. If no play, turn the steering wheel a little harder in either direction until it moves a little, hold it, and try the key.
For the disbelievers, this can happen on most cars. Go to your car and hold some pressure on turning the steering wheel. Try turning your key from off to start.
you might need to get rough with it, a friend of mine had the same problem, we got a little physical with the wheel and ignition finally turned over, try to center your steering wheel before you park to save this from happening again
It sounds like when you parked your car, that you over turned your steering wheel to far .. try this .. when you go to start , turn the wheel what ever the direction your tires are facing, it may be a little hard ... hold the wheel in place then turn the ignition ...
Could be a couple of things, the pin that locks the steering wheel could be failing to activate.
Try one thing, with vehicle parked, key off, take the steering wheel and rotate it back and forth a bit to see if the wheel locks at that point. I have seen some vehicles require that. (Manufacturer would not call this a problem if it does lock up after rotating the steering wheel.) May have to turn the wheel as much as 1/8 to 1/4 of a turn. (OK, 1/4 a turn is a bit much, but hard to gauge how much rotation you are doing.)