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Old 01-05-2013, 08:26 PM   #1
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I learned something NEW about my Focus.

I learned something NEW about my Focus. It is possible to lock yourself out of the car, with the key IN the ignition, WITH the engine running. How it happened was simple. It was dark, and instead of hitting the 'unlock' button just before shutting the door, I hit the lock button. Catastrophe averted as my buddy ran me home to get my other set of keys. I mentioned all this to the parts guy at Cerame Ford (quick lane) and he made me a key just for opening the doors (no pats), which now resides in my wallet. He also did not charge me which I thought was really nice. I am not sure what years do this. But just FYI: It is really cheap insurance to get one made for your car, as a locksmith quote on the night in question was $130.


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Old 01-05-2013, 10:25 PM   #2
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I've tried to hit the lock button while the car is running to lock my brother in when I run into a store and it doesn't let it if the drivers door is open haha
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I'm always scared of this happening when I'm warming up the car from a cold start and brushing off snow/ice. So I make sure to leave the window open just in case.
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I'm always scared of this happening when I'm warming up the car from a cold start and brushing off snow/ice. So I make sure to leave the window open just in case.
Used to do this lol , now i have a remote start

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Old 01-06-2013, 07:38 AM   #5
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I found this out last year warming my car up for work. Couple car running, car locked, drivers keyhole delete, and trying to open a hatch lock with a key for the first. We'll just say I was a little late for work. I now lubricate rear lack at least once a year.
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My Toyota can't lock if the key is in the ignition (even if not running) and more cars should be like this,even Hondas can't be locked w/o using the fob or use the key in the lock,they unlock if you lock the door and close it.
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That's old stuff. My 64 Dodge wouldn't lock the driver's door with anything but a key. Of course, people tried pushing the button in, then locking the door, but when you shut it- the lock popped up. The only way to lock the keys in that car was to unlock the rear door, lock the driver's door from inside with the door shut, then lock the back door and shut it.

Why Ford, or any other manufacturer strayed from thinking like this is beyond me. Fords are certainly not the only vehicle on the market that can lock the keys in the car. It makes me wonder if the older engineers were smarter than the new ones because they could design a lock system like this- mechanically.
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Come to think of it, I think my 60 Valiant had the same locking setup, so it was older than 64. My 66 Nova did not have anything like this, so it wasn't all engineers. The oldest Ford I've owned was an 86, and I'm certain it did not have anything to prevent the keys from being locked in the car.
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There's always this- you can hide it somewhere or put it on the door. I assume it's stick-on because of the description. You could hide it under the hatch trim or like one of of the posters- inside the fuel door.



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I mentioned all this to the parts guy at Cerame Ford (quick lane) and he made me a key just for opening the doors (no pats), which now resides in my wallet.
That is very nice and a good backup.
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