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Old 09-29-2013, 01:09 AM   #1
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Ignition Cylinder

So, I did a quick search, but wasn't able to find an answer in this sub-forum. It is becoming increasingly difficult to start my car. I have to insert the key into the ignition cylinder, and then really push to get the engine to turn over. Recently, it is taking three, four or even ten times to get the car to start. It makes for a great anti-theft device, but I am afraid it is going to strand me somewhere at sometime.

Does anyone know if there is a quick fix for this? Or how difficult it is to replace the cylinder.

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Old 09-29-2013, 02:12 AM   #2
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Is it cranking over? But not firing? A little more info is needed?!
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Spray wd-40 in it?
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WD-40 is a bad idea. You need to get some graphite powder, you can get it at any auto parts store for like $3 it will lubricate the tumblers. This will help but only a temporary solution. You need to look into getting the cylinder replaced, a locksmith can do it for around $100 do it before the key gets locked in the cyl then it will have to be drilled out and cost you a lot more.
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:30 AM   #5
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WD-40 is a bad idea. You need to get some graphite powder, you can get it at any auto parts store for like $3 it will lubricate the tumblers. This will help but only a temporary solution. You need to look into getting the cylinder replaced, a locksmith can do it for around $100 do it before the key gets locked in the cyl then it will have to be drilled out and cost you a lot more.
Thanks for the reply. I figured it would need to be replaced but didn't know if it was a dealer only replacement.

I will grab some graphite powder and hopefully it will hold me over for a week or two until I find a decent locksmith in Austin.


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Old 09-29-2013, 12:32 PM   #6
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The lock cyl is a std replacement part on the Foci, I can't believe there is not a stickie posted that shows how to replace it.

It will strand you very quickly!!!!

Get it taken care of. The OEM part is about $100 I believe, and you need to assemble the tumblers to fit your key.
I modified mine so that the tumblers are filed to an angle so that after a few years it will still turn.
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It was a very common occurrence in the older foci in 05 they changed the design, Im kinda surprised that its happening to the OP's 08 focus. But regardless its a simple fix if you get it taken care of before your key gets stuck. Then your screwed!
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Are you talking about that its hard to get the key in? Mine I have to really jam my key in to get it to go into the cylinder. Any ideas guys?
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Same thing, if your having a tough time getting the key in or out try the graphite first then get it replaced, it sounds like one of the tumblers in marginally jammed, if the key gets stuck they the cyl has to be drilled out to remove it, so replace it now for $70-100 or if the key gets stuck your looking at $250-400
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Okay I will try that. It seems to be the door of the cylinder, as once it is pushed in past the door it slides ineasy. Removal of the key is easy too.
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