2001 Ford Focus

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CHARLIE1979
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  • 2001 FORD FOCUS
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 30,000 MILES
Key only goes in ignition halfway and dont unlock the steering wheel
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Monday, December 22nd, 2008 AT 4:37 PM

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BRYANC1
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Hi, These cars have a history of the ignition lock cylinder wearing out very quickly. I have replaced several and the insides literally turn to metal dust. I have also noticed that the replacement locks wear out just as fast as the originals. Other than to just keep changing them there's not much you can do. Ford has the attitude that it is not a big enough problem to issue a recall. You should keep in mind that these have the security feature built into the key, and replacement ones will need to be programmed. With that said, there is a trick. After replacing the cylinder, you can tape the old key underneath the plastic cover next to the pickup ring that surrounds where the key goes into the switch. The car will think you are using the old key and will let it start. Hope this helps!
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Sunday, January 11th, 2009 AT 7:33 PM
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DAVE H
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IGNITION LOCK CYLINDER DIFFICULT TO TURN - STICKING IGNITION KEY
TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN
Reference Number(s): 02-18-2, Date of Issue: September 16, 2002
FORD:2000-2002 Focus

Related Ref Number(s): 02-18-2
ARTICLE BEGINNING
DESCRIPTION
TRIM - IGNITION LOCK CYLINDER DIFFICULT TO TURN, UNABLE TO REMOVE KEY OR - IGNITION LOCK CYLINDER REMOVAL PROCEDURE
STARTING - IGNITION LOCK CYLINDER DIFFICULT TO TURN, UNABLE TO REMOVE KEY OR STICKING IGNITION KEY - IGNITION LOCK CYLINDER REMOVAL PROCEDURE
ISSUE
Some vehicles may exhibit a difficult to turn, unable to insert, or sticking Ignition Key. This may be caused by the Ignition Lock Cylinder (ILC).
ACTION
An Ignition Lock Cylinder Kit (XS4Z-11582-AA), and a Stuck Ignition Lock Cylinder Removal Procedure have been developed to service this condition. Refer to the following Service Procedure to remove the sticking lock cylinder, then use the Lock Cylinder Kit to service.
SERVICE PROCEDURE
If the Ignition Key is unable to be inserted or rotated, then follow the below procedure. If the Ignition Key is only difficult to turn then use the Service Kit only.
Remove steering wheel, as per Workshop Manual Section 211-04 procedures.
Remove the PATS Transceiver, as per Workshop Manual Section 419-01B procedures.
Draw a line through the middle of the ILC face 90 degrees to the key slot (Fig. 1 and Fig. 2 ).
Mark a point on that line 3mm down from the slot. This point will be just beyond the center of the lock face (Fig. 3 ).
Drill a 4mm pilot hole 3mm deep. Then drill a 10mm hole 35mm deep (mark 35mm on drill bit) (Fig. 4, Fig. 5, Fig. 6, and Fig. 7 ).
Remove lockbar from side of the hole. Rotate ILC while depressing retainer pin on the housing and pull out (Fig. 8, Fig. 9, and Fig. 10 ).
Use Lock Cylinder Repair Kit (XS4Z-11582-AA) to repair and reassemble as per Workshop Manual Section 501-14A procedures.
Install PATS Transceiver as per Workshop Manual Section 419-01B procedures.
Install Steering Wheel as per Workshop Manual Section 211-04 procedures.
Remove any debris created by drilling the lock cylinder.
Verify repair.
PARTS INFORMATION
PARTS INFORMATION
Part NumberPart Name
XS4Z-11582-AAIgnition Lock Cylinder Kit

WARRANTY INFORMATION
WARRANTY STATUS: Eligible Under The Provisions Of Bumper To Bumper Warranty Coverage.
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