My Focus has just disabled my ignition and I don't know how to start it. It has done this before and I think it has something to do with locking the car so a thief can't steal it. Can someone help me to restart it?
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Re: 2000 Ford Focus
High there Geoff here sounds to me like a voltage drain enough to make the vehicle think it si being stolen ,does your vehicle have an aftermarket security system if so i would expect if it is more than afew years old that it has developed a problem , advice ; disconect battery , leave for a couple of days so that the 'kam' (keep alive memory) in the computer will drain ,but not to the point where it will lose the codes , that would take months of disconection then when you get it going take to an auto elctrician, for apprasal , im a mechanic and had to do that myself with my ford, hope this helps ( dont try this on latter than 2004 models as they lose there codes quikly)
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check all battery leads and earth straps
"" car body and engen bay straps""
also check battery terminals are tight check its full of battery water too if its been low for a time bump it!
and have a ""drop meeter test"" done on the battery if its a bad battery it should show that up first time it could have cracked plates inside the battery its self, test by turning on head lights then hit starter, if every thing go's dead!!!! put ""good jump start"" battery on to car and try it again,,, all should work just fine then,,,,it could just be a flat battery?????
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.
brake fluid goes in the resevoir which is on top of the master cylinder,it also supplies the clutch as well,if you think you have a problem take car to a garage as playing with something your not sure of could cause a fatal accident
yes its possible to disable the alarm immobiliser ,remove the ECU unit .then solder in a 12v supply from the on side of ignition,find a suitable connection in the wiring harness feed and solder to a switching transistor on the side of unit with a heat sink to the base connection of a transistor that controls the feed to another three transistors ,starter motor earth for relay,fuel pump earth relay,and ignition ,no relay and away you go location of transistors iam not saying as i dont wont the car theives reading it ,but its as easy as falling off a log when you know the colour of the wires, pin numbers and a magnifying glass soldering iron .took me hours to follow the the connections in the fuse box separating the two halves to follow circuit,tracing wires back to ECU then following printed circuit but i have done it .SO DEALERS EAT YOUR HEART OUT ANOTHER FOOD WITHOUT WORKING FOR IT JOB LOST .going to try it out on a dammed renault when i get time.Also sell the details over the internet ???? no i dont think so iam just glad i have pissed off the local dealers that wanted 200€