The airbag, steering wheel and lock ring have to be removed to access the key cylinder. in addition to common hand tools you will need a steering wheel puller and a lock ring remover, under the airbag is the clock spring which allows the wiring for the airbag to rotate. be very careful not to rotate the clockspring or you will break the wires inside. after removing the steering wheel and lock spring you should be able to see how to remove the key cylinder, usually a bolt, screw, or clip
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TURN OFF RADIO.DISCONNECT NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE.WAIT 20 MINUTES FOR AIRBAGS TO DISCHARGE.YOU NEED TO REMOVE THE STEERING COLUMN COVERS AND LOWER INSTRUMENT PANEL COVER.REMOVE THE IGNITION SWITCH.REMOVE THE RETAINING NUTS AND LOWER THE STEERING COLUMN.THE LOCK ASSEMBLY IS CLAMPED BY TWO SHEAR HEAD BOLTS.USE A CENTER PUNCH TO MAKE A DIMPLE IN THE HEAD OF EACH BOLT,THEN DRILL THE HEAD OFF WITH A 3/16 INCH DRILL BIT.SEPARATE THE CLAMP AND REMOVE THE ASSEMBLY FROM THE STEERING COLUMN. PLACE THE NEW LOCK ASSEMBLY IN POSITION WITHOUT THE KEY INSERTED AND TIGHTEN THE BOLTS UNTIL THEY ARE SNUG.INSERT THE KEY AND CHECK THE LOCK CYLINDER FOR PROPER OPERATION. TIGHTEN THE BOLTS UNTIL THEIR HEADS BREAK OFF.TIGHTEN STEERING COLUMN TO INSTRUMENT PANEL FLANGE NUTS TO 108 INCH POUNDS.TIGHTEN THE RETAINING COLLAR CLAMP BOLTS TO 16 FT LBS.
Sounds like the ignition switch has gone kaput. The ignition switch come in two pieces, an electrical switch and a mechanical switch.
The switch electrical portion can be replaced separatly from the mechanical portion (tumbler that the key engages). It is not a real difficult repair but requires some mechanical knowlege of how the column is assembled.
This can be verified with electrical test equipment prior to buying a new electrical switch.
If your Ford Focus is not starting, and you know the battery and alternator are good, the
problem could lie in the ignition system. The ignition switch is a
whole cylinder inserted into the steering column that connects to the
starter motor. When you change an ignition switch, you are also
replacing the key.
Remove the dashboard panel below the steering column in your
car; it should be screwed in place. Remove the steering column's upper
cover by releasing its clips with a flat-head screwdriver.
for the audio control switch---a small device sticking out of the
steering column that acts like a remote control. If one exists, release
the switch's plastic locking tang with the screwdriver, and unplug the
electrical connector to remove the switch.
the steering column by releasing the locking lever, and remove the
steering column's lower cover by pulling out the screws with the
your ignition key to turn the switch to the left---the position that
would activate the accessories but not start the car. Insert the
screwdriver into the hole in the top of the cylinder to depress the
detent spring, and pull out the cylinder with the key inside.
the new key into the new ignition switch, and line up the switch inside
the steering column so it's in the same place the old switch was in
when you removed it. Make sure the detent locks into place; then turn
the switch so it's in the "Off" position.
all the covers and panels you removed to access the cylinder, along
with the audio control switch, if applicable, in reverse order of
Things You'll Need:
Small flat-head screwdriver
Ignition switch and key
Tips & Warnings
Ford Focus models may have a different method of removing and changing
the ignition switch. Check an automotive guide for your particular year
disconnect the negative (black) battery cable before working on the
ignition or any other electrical component of your car.
I hope helped with this (remember rated this help) Good luck.
No the steering wheel don't need to be remove.
1. remove the instrument panel cluster opening finish panel assembly. remove the 3 screws that retains the upper steering column shroud and remove cover.
2. insert a scratch awl into the access hole on lower steering column shroud and push in the ignition lock cylinder release pin. insert the ignition key into the lock, turn ignition to run position and remove the lock cylinder from the steering column. remove lower steering column shroud. unsnap and slide gearshift lever boot up toward end of gearshift lever.
NOTE: ALWAYS INSTALL NEW GEARSHIFT LEVER RETAINING PIN DURING REASSEMBLY
3. remove gearshift lever retaining pin by lightly tapping with a drift punch and hammer. disconnect gearshift lever harness connector. remove gearshift lever. to install reverse removal procedure.
Remove panel under steering wheel. Put key in cylinder and turn back to accessory position. Looking under lower part of steering column locate a small pin under the key cylinder. While depressing the pin turn the key backwards and pull the entire cylinder with key out of column. Good luck.
The ignition crank shaft is broken inside the Steering Column Lock Assy. You will need to buy a new assy (cost appr. $202.21) and 2 steering lock bolts (cost appr. $4.96 ea) at a Toyota or Lexus dealer. Call either dealer for best price and availability. To replace you'll need to remove the black snap-on panel below speedometer then remove the screws securing the driver side dash. Behind the dash is a steel plate. Remove that and remove the steering column covers by turning the steering wheel to access the screws. You'll see that the SCLA is secured by 2 break-away bolt (this is an anti-theft feature). Use a dremel tool with cutting disc to make a notch in the screw head to remove with a flathead screwdriver. If this doesn't work your other option is to cut the bolts where the assy bolts together. Remove the broken SCLA and remove the key FOB and install into new SCLA. If your mechanically incline this should take about 2-3 hrs. and save you $300-400 in labor cost.
Part numbers are same at Toyota and Lexus dealers.
ther is a linkage between the key switch and the ignition switch that is under the dash on the steering column. it is called an accuator. i have been driving fords a long time and i have changed five of them since 1980 when ford put the switch on the column. you will have to start off by removing the steering wheel then yhe ignition switch and so on. it is tricky... but not bad..