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Ford focus zx3 2006

My key is stuck in the ignition... how do i get it out???
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  • a0gasper Sep 23, 2008

    I have the same problem and have not been able to solve it yet either

  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2009

    how do i replace the stop light in a 2006 focus zx3.

  • hendrickserr Jan 04, 2009

    Same problem --I can,t remove the key from the ignition-- It starts the car and opreates normally, except for the fact that the key won,t come out in the off position. My focus is a 2006 model , with 75000 miles on the clock.

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    terry_rssll Dec 04, 2013

    Hope this helps all.... If the key is stuck (won't come out) and the column is NOT locked, on the gear shift there is a plastic sleeve. Put the gear shift in park...slide your hand below the knob and pull that sleeve up! Presto!!! it locks in park and the key comes out. I just put all the stuff i took apart back together... the other solutions may work but this is the first step to check... no tools and you know right away...

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There is a small sleeve just below the shift knob on the ford focus - it can slide down and trigger a sensor in the gear box that tells the car it is not in park even when it is. Push the sensor back up toward the knob (with the car in park) and the key should release.

Posted on Sep 12, 2009

  • Myhellsilent Jan 17, 2011

    Very very very HELPFUL!!! Thank you!!!! Crystal Chavez

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Yesterday out of the blue I shut off my 2006 Ford Focus and the key would not come out of the ignition, everything else functioned fine. After reading this site I went out and removed the center console to look around. I found this silver metal mushroom shaped switch that controls the ignition /key assembly, it is located on the passengers side of the shift lever I pushed in and pulled it out and the key came out with no problem.

After all this I found a fix that does not require removing the center console. On the center console just to the right of the shift lever is a little removable plastic disk a bit smaller then a dime. Just pop this out with a small screwdriver and press the white plastic button down about 3/4 of an inch. (This actually moves that silver mushroom switch.) The key will now come out, if it doesn't you need to press the white button in further. Now I always keep a small screwdriver in the car just in case.

Posted on Jun 05, 2009

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    Hope this helps all.... If the key is stuck (won't come out) and the column is NOT locked, on the gear shift there is a plastic sleeve. Put the gear shift in park...slide your hand below the knob and pull that sleeve up! Presto!!! it locks in park and the key comes out. I just put all the stuff i took apart back together... the other solutions may work but this is the first step to check... no tools and you know right away...

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I had the same problem with my 06 Focus.
My solution (worked every time) put the car into first gear before putting into park. Voila!

Posted on Sep 26, 2009

  • mgibbons29 Jan 19, 2011

    Thank you!! I tried rocking the car, stepping on the break, and a whole bunch of other things. Right when I was about to take apart the center console, I read this and it worked!!!!! Saved me a bunch of trouble especially because I don't have an extra key. I wouldn't have been able to lock my car overnight!

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YOU MAY HAVE A BAD KEY IGNITION SENSOR. IF YOU OPEN UP YOUR STEERING WHEEL COLUMN YOU WILL SEE A SENSOR ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE STEERING WHEEL. iT LOOKS LIKE A MUSHROOM AND SHOULD HAVE A WIRING HARNESS ATTACHED TO IT. IF YOU DETACHED THE HARNESS THE KEY SHOULD COME OUT SMOOTHLY; THUS YOUR PROBLEM IF KEY DOESNT COME OUT GOD ONLY KNOWS.

Posted on Sep 27, 2008

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I have a 2005 Ford Focus. Key is stuck in the ignition for 4 months now. Called service and they want $85 look at it and $250 to fix. They say it is a common problem with the Focus but have not had a recall to fix them. This is expensive when it could be a factory defect. Can you help me remove this ignition key? Vehicle is an easy prey to thieves when the key is in ignition, whether or not the car is locked.

Posted on Nov 24, 2008

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Similar Problem: My 2002 Focus Wagon would not release the key when put in Park 50% of the time.  I could still turn the car on, drive it, etc.  But when I turned it off and put in park it wouldn't let go of my key.  Under the shifter there is a gearshift interlock solenoid switch which makes it so you can't take out keys unless in park.  It also makes it so you cannot shift into gear without the brake pedal pressed.  At any rate I took off the center console (instructions online), and it looked like someone had spilled coffee (or something) and it had run down to the solenoid switch.  There is a little white button/nub which sticks out under the shifter and prevents the shifter button (automatic) from being pressed (and sending down a white rod) and the shifter shifted unless you have the foot on the brake.  My problem is that this white button wasn't returning to its regular position after I put it into park.  It was gunked up.  So the car though it was still in gear.   I used a lot of rubbing alcohol and Q-Tips to clean it up (not easy to reach).  It seemed to do the trick.  Or you could just replace the solenoid.

Posted on Jan 06, 2009

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I got a key stuck in my 2006 Focus and tried all the above. With no success. I did however put it in park and moved the the car back and forth by shifting my weight, just to make it bounce a little. Then heard a small click and out it came....

Posted on Dec 22, 2009

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I have found, with my '03 focus, that if I leave it sit for a minute or two one I have turned off the car, it will eventually let go. I have also played with the release on the gear shifter (automatic) and tapped the brake and it will release. Apparently it has to do with a relay that ties the three things together. Weird, I know, but it works for me.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009

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My daughter has a 2001 Ford Focus and we learned when the key gets stuck you have to make sure the clutch is park all the way and it needs to "click" in order for the key to come out. I hope this helps

Posted on Jun 19, 2009

My key is stuck in the ingition how do i get it out

Posted on Aug 18, 2008

My car is in park and it still won't release the key

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I have a 2007 ford focus, had the same problem, (key stuck in the ignition) try to open the cover for the shifter, clean it up and put everything back and there you go, its fixed. the shifter wasnt even engaging in park, it would come out without the key all the way turned on. this should fix the problem, the mechanic fixed mine like 20 minutes ago. try it please, good luck

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Is the car in park? if not make sure it is

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Hope this helps all.... If the key is stuck (won't come out) and the column is NOT locked, one the gear shift there is a plastic sleeve. Put the gear shift in park...slide your hand below the knob and pull that sleeve up! Presto!!! it locks in park and the key comes out. I just put all the stuff i took apart back together... the other solutions may work but this is the first step to check... no tools and you know right away...
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SOURCE: 2007 ford focus key stuck in ignition.

Hope this helps all.... If the key is stuck (won't come out) and the column is NOT locked, on the gear shift there is a plastic sleeve. Put the gear shift in park...slide your hand below the knob and pull that sleeve up! Presto!!! it locks in park and the key comes out. I just put all the stuff i took apart back together... the other solutions may work but this is the first step to check... no tools and you know right away...
AJay

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SOURCE: key is stuck in ignition 2005 ford focus

Hope this helps all.... If the key is stuck (won't come out) and the column is NOT locked, on the gear shift there is a plastic sleeve. Put the gear shift in park...slide your hand below the knob and pull that sleeve up! Presto!!! it locks in park and the key comes out. I just put all the stuff i took apart back together... the other solutions may work but this is the first step to check... no tools and you know right away...
AJay

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