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Old 08-20-2014, 03:49 PM   #1
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No steering column lock?

My 2014 Ford Focus SE Sedan does not have a steering column lock. Is that normal? (If that has been discussed in an existing thread somewhere esle I could not find it.)


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It's normal. Odd, but normal.
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I thought carmakers originally installed the locks as a theft deterrent because they were required to by law. I wonder whether that law got repealed?

The locks probably are not as big a help to deter theft with FWD as with RWD, anyway. Thieves can just hoist the front and tow with dollies. I'm mostly interested in it to keep the wheels turned if the parking brake failed and the car rolled down my driveway, since there's no curb to turn the wheels toward. Otherwise I don't miss it. No need to crank the wheel to get the lock to allow the key to turn, and one less thing to break or wear out.
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UK Foci have electric Steering locks. Its a setting of the BCM IIFC
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If I recall correctly, because the steering is electronically assisted (and not hydraulic like most cars), there is no need for a lock. Basically the electric motor keeps the wheels from turning when the car is off.

Agreed on one less thing to break. I had a 2000 Nissan that almost snapped the key off in the ignition trying to get the column aligned just right so I could turn it over.
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I thought carmakers originally installed the locks as a theft deterrent because they were required to by law. I wonder whether that law got repealed?
The US FMVSS requirement says you can have a steering lock or an engine immobilizer (or both).

For those with a column ignition, the owner's manual says this about the Integrated keyhead transmitters (IKTs) in the key:

Your IKTs are programmed to your vehicle; using a non-programmed key will not permit your vehicle to start. If you lose one or both of your IKTs, replacements are available through your authorized dealer.

Same thing with the Intelligent Key on push button start.

Your IA keys are programmed to your vehicle. You cannot enter or start your vehicle with an unprogrammed key. If you lose one or both of your IA keys, replacements are available from your authorized dealer.
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