The ignition cylinder failing on your model year is absolutely no surprise. It could be from sticking your Explorer key in there, but it could also be the poorly designed cylinder that the model was made with.
Typically, you are looking at around $350 for that repair, which should also include reprogramming the key.
The receiver, I believe, is in the column, so you should be able to get away with rekeying a new cylinder, though, without the need to reprogram the key.
I have also heard that the cylinder Ford switched to for the '04 model year will also fit the '01 cars, but I can't vouch for that. The newer cylinders are better designed.
I am not a mechanic, so you may want to double check with the dealer on the ignition cylinder prices. I have heard it can be done yourself, but I have not tried it.
Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 AT 8:14 AM