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Old 07-22-2013, 11:40 PM   #1
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Key won't turn in the ignition...

So I just got an 03 svtf about 2 weeks ago and it now won't allow me to turn the key in the ignition. It worked just fine before, but last week it started to not let me turn the key everytime I tried. Now it won't turn at all and I have been at it for an hour. I only have a number 1 key for the car. Any ideas?


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Old 07-23-2013, 12:29 AM   #2
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Sounds like your ignition cylinder has gone out. The Focus is infamous for this. I would post a link to it but I'm on my phone and it is hard to navigate the site.
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get a replacement cylinder kit from ford. you can set it up yourself with your key, they come with instructions. I had to do mine as soon as I bought it.
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For now, you can try hitting the end of the key. Tap it lightly with a hammer. It might help for now.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:38 PM   #5
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yep, when it goes out it goes out. mine would work by tapping on the end of the key. I got by like this for about a week.
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Thanks for all the replies here fellas. Working on getting it fixed.
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You can spray some graphite spray in there as well. there is also a way to drill out the tumblers if all else fails. I suggest doing the replacement yourself as it cost around $450 for the dealer to do versus cost of parts and 15 mins to do it yourself.

Found this from a few years back.
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...90#post2691690
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I tried the graphite, but it didn't help unfortunately.
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drilling out the ignition is a pain in the arse!

i wish i replaced mine before i had to drill it, would have made life MUCH easier
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most good locksmiths can replace the cylinder quickly, and a lot cheaper then the dealership would charge. IIRC it cost me a bit more than a hundred bucks, including drilling out the old cylinder. (that was not an an SVT, but I cannot image it would be much different)
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