Question about 2003 Ford Focus
After placing car in park the key can not be removed and the gear selector wont stay in park. other times the key wont turn to start the car.
Press hard on the brake pedal.
Posted on Sep 05, 2009
There is a cable driven collar on the steering column. But first, make sure if your wheels are cut all the way to one side, pull the wheel forcefully in the same direction as the wheels are turned and at the same time try to remove the key. If this fails turn the collar just below the keyswitch around the column counterclockwise only and try to turn and lock the key then.
Posted on Sep 05, 2009
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