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Hi there. my friend is stuck on the road and she can put the key into the ignition but cant turn it, the steering wheel is locked. she has tried everything... whats goin on? 2000 ford focus

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Very common issue for this model. She needs to buy a buildable ignition from the dealer and get the key code with her vin # so she can make it match her anti theft key, then the ignition lock cylinder needs to be drilled out to remove it.

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