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Old 12-27-2004, 10:03 AM   #1
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ignition tumblers in the 2003

anyone had there tumbler in the 2003 focus just break? the guy the towed my car home last night told me that over the summer he had towed about 20 foci with the same problemI called the dealer where I bought it wich was a mitsu dealer so I call my dealer and she calls ford and says it won't be covered what should I do it is only a 03 and I have only had it for 2 months
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Old 12-27-2004, 11:21 AM   #2
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Very very VERY common problem. I doubt he is exagerating. Some people have had it replaced multiple times and Ford continiues to sell the same old POS part as a replacement.
Mine manged to last 4 years and 70,000 miles. My locksmith put a cylinder from an Explorer in miy car. I shouldn't have to replace it ever again.
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Old 12-27-2004, 11:25 AM   #3
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Oh, and your Mitsu dealer doesn't know jack shit. If it's an '03 with less than 50,000 miles it will be fixed by Ford under warranty.
As I said above, they will use the same crappy replacement part, even though they know it sucks, and even though they have a model in their parts bin that will fit, and won't break as quick, or as often (Exlporer).
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Old 12-27-2004, 11:43 AM   #4
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Kona's right about the warranty, except I think you need to be under 36k, not 50.

I know somebody with an 03 that this happened on and he had the car for a little over a year, but 38k miles (long commute) and Ford wasn't gonna pay for it, but he ended up talking the dealer into it, since it was so close and this is a known problem.

They really should make it a recognized recall... a lot of Focuses seem to run into this. I haven't had the pleasure though, at least not yet.
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I wasn't sure on the mileage, I thought that Ford bumped past 36 at some point though.
I have a 2000 so I don't know for sure....
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whats the tumbler?
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^^I was gonna ask the same thing.
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It's an internal part of an ignition cylinder.
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if I replace with an explorer cylinder how would that effect my key? would I have to get a new one made to fit or would the old one work just the same? and how much did it cost for the explorer cyl.?
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if I replace with an explorer cylinder how would that effect my key? would I have to get a new one made to fit or would the old one work just the same? and how much did it cost for the explorer cyl.?
Every new cylinder will need to be "set" to your key. Meaning they all start out as blanks.

Mine was done by a pro locksmith who just so happened to have a stock of Explorer cylinders for just such occasion. Keep in mind, they guy I hired as the 4th guy I called and all 4 responded with "Ahh lemme guess, your key is stuck in the ignition". LOL
I hired this guy cuz he had the part on a Saturday.

If you buy any ignition from Ford it will have to be set for your specific key.
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