Step 2: So what the heck is going wrong???

A little clicking around revealed some relevant information: a magazine article from 2002 detailing how to remove a stuck ignition cylinder, and a service manual describing how to get to the cylinder in the first place.



Besides this, I found page after page of people complaining about this problem in their Focus, and quite a few F-150 owners, too. The problem seems to be that the tumblers get stuck, and the key won't turn in the ignition any more.

Although I bought mine independently, there is a helpful fellow online who appears to be a good place to get ahold of a replacement. Check out http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=121739 for more info.
<p>This is a great Instructable. You can buy the Strattec replacement cylinders on line, already keyed to your vehicle just by emailing a picture of the key. I ordered one for $35 (delivered and keyed) from Fradon Locksmith in Syracuse, NY. It arrived with a key (which will open the door but not start the car--I still have my 2 original keys, which fit it perfectly). I had my local guy, One Locksmithing, install it here in Loveland, CO, which took about 20 minutes. $125 total and I didn't have to do the work--I was prepared to though! Local Ford dealer wanted $360 for the repair/replace AFTER towing it there--crazy! Thanks for all the great info!</p>
<p>Thank you for sharing this information. It was helpful to me</p><p>Mine was different key so it was little different than what you suggested.</p><p>I used your information and some information from this article to repair the Ford lock</p><p><a href="http://lockbook.in/ford-ignition-lock-problem" rel="nofollow">http://lockbook.in/ford-ignition-lock-problem</a></p><p>Thank You once again</p>
<p>I wish I'd seen this earlier! This problem I had with a Ford Falcon. It was going to cost $400 AUD to fix it. Got rid of the car!</p>
Thank you SOOOOOO MUCH! Very good instructable that I'll be using closely this next week
Do you think this same technique would work for a Ford Ranger? My truck is having the same ignition problem, and I wouldn't mind trying a few things myself before getting an expert to just change the whole thing. I really only need a temporary fix seeing as it will die soon, and I'm already talking to several <a href="http://www.heartlandfordsales.com" rel="nofollow">Ford dealers in Fort Saskatchewan</a> to get a new car (probably another truck). Hopefully your tips will work!
I would guess that the parts would be similar. I found the information on a ford focus owner's forum online, and just documented how I did the repair. <br> <br>As long as the problem is the same, the solution is probably similar. If the key won't turn, it could be a problem like this one. If the key turns but the engine doesn't want to start, then look elsewhere for the problem. <br> <br>Good luck with your repair!
The new replacement cylinder from Ford [I work at a dealer] is a kit. They &quot;get all the money&quot; but you can code it to your old key. A little tedious but rather simple. The instructions require the key code, getting it is worse than pulling teeth, but if you don't destroy the old cylinder taking it out the plungers are numbered. So you could just copy it. It needs to be done before the cylinder is totally stuck or you will destroy it trying to take it apart. <br> <br>There's a special tool to fit the cap but all it does is peen over the edges nice and neatly. If you take care on a clean surface you can do a nice job with the end of a screwdriver. <br> <br>I haven't checked [hey, I sell the Ford stuff!] but I bet there's a more reasonably priced aftermarket option.
This fix worked for a while, but through some significant abuse, it eventually failed as well. The new part that I got was different from the other cylinder: it had a press-fit steel cap, so my technique would not work! <br> <br>I ended up with two sets of keys - one for the doors (that were programmed to start the ignition, but wouldn't turn the key), and one for the ignition (that would turn the lock, but not start the car because the chip wasn't programmed)! If you have 2 working keys, you can add more by inserting one functional key, turning it to ON for one second, removing it and putting in the second functional key, turning it to ON for one second, then removing it and putting in the new key, turning it to ON for one second. (If that's not a good explanation, search for &quot;Program a PATS key&quot;). <br> <br>To program the new keys, I removed the ignition switch from the opposite side of the column, and used a screwdriver to turn the ignition with the various keys in the lock. Worked like a charm! <br> <br>Okay, so I'm left with two different keys for one car, but I fixed it myself and it was much cheaper than getting the dealer to do it.

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