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I own a 2001 Ford Escape and when I put the key into the ignition it wont turn, so I can't start the car! How do I fix this problem?

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There are a couple of things you can try. Check under the dash at the foot pedal for the brake. There are switches there which sometimes can get hit by feet and broken or thrown out of their holders. These switches are linked to the gearshift, ignition switch, and steering wheel.

The steering wheel or gearshift lever can bind the lock cylinder. You may have a stuck shift button or the shifter or steering wheel may need to be "wiggled" to line up the interlocks. This would be done while one hand attempts to turn the keyswitch and the other hand "wiggles" the steering wheel or gearshift.

The lock cylinder can be bad within the switch housing. The switch housing may be adjustable and the adjustment holddown screw may have slipped. You may need to change the Ignition switch. The switch is connected by cable or rod to parts under the dash.

I listed the above things to check in the most frequent order. The problem is the manufacturers make a mess of things by connecting the controls with rods and cables that will eventually jam when one of four things slip out of position. I hope you find my solution very helpful.

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