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Old 09-21-2008, 12:28 AM   #41
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why drill it out when you can just pull the cyl out and dump out the tumblers and put it back in and crank it like normal? its costs: FREE and the same key will crank the car and only that key due to the PATS system. i did this to my friends 03 zx3 a year ago when his key cyl froze and he hasnt had a problem since.
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Old 09-21-2008, 01:13 AM   #42
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Rotfl Gonzorelic this is a 3 year old thread resurrection ( probably found on a forum search I just happened to comment on it after he posted..

As mentioned I spent that much on #1 cuz 1 I didn't have time to mess with it and 2 the other people driving the car would absolutely be fumed if I drilled/de-tumbler'd the ignition... Plus that car had a set of keys kept by the previous owner that lived 25 min away from me so I just opted the full redo and reprogram.. at least with my new focus all I have to do is get a new pats key cut/car reprogrammed to the 2 keys I have now so I can then just add the remotes myself since the ignition was already replaced...

LOL come to think of it this threads been resurrected ALOT from the first post date hehehe
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Old 09-21-2008, 10:40 AM   #43
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haha gotcha. ive been seeing alot of ressurected threads the last 2 days...
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Old 09-21-2008, 12:54 PM   #44
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yep these pesky Common problems are basically a small wave of a plauge LOL everything that went wrong with my original focus wagon is wrong with my new wagon ( except the ignition LOL)
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Old 10-18-2008, 07:06 PM   #45
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If this problem happens to you, don't drill out the cylinder.

Save yourself a lot of work and mess.
Try the following first:

Put the key into the lock. With the bottom of your fist, hammer the key (as to drive it into the lock cylinder further). If that doesn't work, use the end of a screwdriver or a small hammer. Do it gently if you are using a hammer.

Turn the key. It should turn.

Don't think you can do this forever, but when the problem just starts to happen, this will allow you to turn the cylinder to start the vehicle. At the next opportunity, remove the lock cylinder and get a new one or clean the tumblers to get the crud out.

To take out the cylinder, turn the key to the run position ad push in the little 2mm pin that is facing you on the outer lock housing. It's hard to see, but it's just to the left of the plastic ring that holds the security transponder. Once you push the pin in with a short screw, pull the entire cylinder out with the key still in it.
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Old 10-19-2008, 05:58 PM   #46
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Also while you're at it, if you have the lock cylinder removed,
use a small screwdriver and remove the black plastic piece that holds the lock pin in place. It comes straight up and out of the lock cylinder.

This way, while you wait for the replacement part to arrive, if for some reason, you just can't turn the lock cylinder anymore you can just pull the entire lock out because it's not being locked in place. Of course, there is a security issue, but it's negligible if you have a transponder key.
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ok if i drill the cylinder like this and take the locking tab out, will i be able to put my key in and just turn as if it was normal?
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If you remove the locking pin, it doesn't mean the cylinder will turn.
It just means that if it doesn't turn, you can still pull out the cylinder without having to turn it.

Normally, you have to turn the cylinder with the key before you can remove the cylinder.

Again, try my prior instructions before you drill.
It might save you some time if it works.
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i tried that but it still wouldn't turn and i have started to drill it but i can't see the locking pin i wish someone could've had a pic of where it is
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i tried that but it still wouldn't turn and i have started to drill it but i can't see the locking pin i wish someone could've had a pic of where it is
I know this is an old thread, but I just did an 01 Focus and I found that the locking pin on it wouldn't release until the switch was in the "on" position. Other posts said "acc" position. The locking pin is located on top of cylinder at a position pointing toward the steering wheel.
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