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Ford focus (2004) key will no longer turn ignition.Have new ignition,cannot get old one out of column. Was able to push release pin. Seems something somewhere else is preventing from removal.

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  • Always disconnect the negative (black) battery cable before working on the ignition or any other electrical component of your car.

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