Mechanics

IGNITION KEY WON'T TURN

2003 Ford Focus

Interior problem
2003 Ford Focus 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 113500 miles

At times the ignition key won't turn. It is not an issue with the wheel locking. Instead, if I jiggle the key long enough or hard enough it eventually will turn. When it turns, it is easy to turn. When it doesn't, it is just like it is locked.

Any idea for repairs?
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Jakubla
June 28, 2009.




This article supersedes TSB 05-19-11 to update the Service Procedure.

Some 2000-2005 Focus vehicles may exhibit ignition key related issues including difficulty or an inability to turn the key, an inability to remove the key, or (2005 only) the key-in-ignition warning chime continuing to sound even when the key is removed.

Need to remove and replace ignition cylinder

BMRFIXIT
Jun 28, 2009.
Is this a repair that a semi talented lay person can do?

Tiny
Jakubla
Jun 28, 2009.
Ignition Lock Cylinder - Non Functional
Removal and Installation
Remove the steering wheel

Remove the passive anti-theft transceiver.

Draw a line through the middle of the ignition lock cylinder face 90 degrees to the key slot.

Mark a point on the line 3 mm (0.11 in) down from the slot which is just beyond the center of the lock face.

Drill a 4 mm (0.15 in) pilot hole 3 mm (0.11 in) deep.
Drill a 10 mm (0.39 in) hole 35 mm (1.37 in) deep.
Remove the lockbar from the side of the hole.

Rotate the ignition lock cylinder while pressing the retainer pin on the housing and pull out.

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Use the lock cylinder repair kit (XS4Z-11582-AA) and install the ignition lock cylinder.
With the key in the ACC position insert the ignition lock cylinder.
Turn the key to the OFF position and remove the key.

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Install the passive anti-theft transceiver.
good luck
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