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Old 08-04-2005, 01:08 PM   #31
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nope... thats the wole problem... key goes in, but the cyl doesn't unlock.
it wiggles a bit... feels like the tumblers dont think i have the right key.
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Old 08-04-2005, 01:24 PM   #32
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Well, you might want to take a look at this thread.

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If at all possible, try to get the IC to turn or you'll have to drill it out.
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Old 08-04-2005, 01:52 PM   #33
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Let me know, ill get it done for you.
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Old 08-05-2005, 07:29 AM   #34
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Well, you might want to take a look at this thread.

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If at all possible, try to get the IC to turn or you'll have to drill it out.
is there some sort of catch22 i don't know about?
because, if it turned... i would be able to start the car, and thus wouldn't have a problem...
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Old 08-05-2005, 09:10 AM   #35
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cool... finished with my drilling.
now i can start my car with a screw driver.. ghetto fabulous

i couldn't figure out how to get the cylinder out though... that little hole on the top, you have to push a screw driver in there right?
i jammed all manner of devices in there (with the *key* in accessory, on, off) and nothing would make it budge..

eh well... no biggie, won't need to figure that out until i can afford to replace it.
least now i can actually get to work.
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First, I had a pair of Vise grips clamped on the outter ring of the IC.
Then I used an allen wrench. I shoved the small end into the little hole as the IC was in the accessory position then press in on the back of the allen wrench with my thumb.
You should feel it go in. Then pulled the IC out using the vise grips.

About being able to turn the IC.
Sometimes after the IC locks up, you can get it to turn once more if you're lucky.
This would make your job easier to pull the IC out instead of the drilling method.

As I stated in those instructions, the IC MUST be in the accessory position in order to be pulled out/removed even if you can push in the little button.
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Old 08-05-2005, 11:46 AM   #37
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ahh... yeah, once i actually got in there and looked at things i got a much better idea of what you were talking about.
heh, interesting side note to this:

*the setting: 9am, warm summer morning, a blue focus is parked on a busy street 2 blocks from the police station... not in a driveway or a garage*
Focus Interior: a guy in sun glasses and a raddy T-Shirt is drilling out the ignition
many people walk by, drive by, ride bikes by in the 30 min of intense drilling...

not 1 person even took a second glance.
americans are so leze fair.

I didn't have any problems with the whole drilling proceidure though... the Skill drill bit set that I have and ye'ol firestorm 18v cordless drill ate through the lock pretty easily.
Heh, had a few wtf? moments when smoke started to come out the key hole... first time i've gotten those bits hot enough to burn stuff. ;)
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You only had smoke ?

Hell, I had sparks flying out of the IC as metal was chipping away when changing to larger bits. Almost looked like I was welding my IC if you where standing outside the car. LOL
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Old 08-24-2005, 05:02 PM   #39
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I have just spent $348 to replace key ignition problem at my dealer. I am so pissed it's not a recall. Although it seems like my keys are aftermarket cuz it doesn't have that Ford oval ingraving but who knows. If the problem reoccurs, I am going leave the car in a bad neigborhood with the key in the ignition.
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Old 08-31-2005, 02:02 PM   #40
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same problem, my stering wheel locked and could not move my car for more than a week. finally one of my friend s said to try some wd40. so i did and it worked the key turned and the car started. now i carry a bottle of wd40 with me all the time.
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