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Keys are stuck in my 2004 ford focus. We already replaced the steering column due to the key not turning at all. Now, it turns but doesn't come out. What do I do, I don't have the money to go to Ford to have fixed.

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The old cyl needs to be drilled out and replaced. If you use a doner strg. column you will have to get the different key programmed $$$$. I replace mine with a motorcraft lock cylinder and keyed it to my original key no programming needed. See a locksmith when all else fails.

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Things You'll Need:
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  • Older Ford Focus models may have a different method of removing and changing the ignition switch. Check an automotive guide for your particular year and model.
  • Always disconnect the negative (black) battery cable before working on the ignition or any other electrical component of your car.

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