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Old 08-22-2017, 04:02 PM   #61
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Already made the repair, thanks to Tilngot's post, and during the week I waited for the $160 Lock Housing Assembly part to arrive, I started the car with the screwdriver method, each time..

Tilngot's Post is the key; all in all, I had to remove NINE screws. The anti-theft screw, with the tip cut off at the factory, was loosened by taping a 3/8" cold chisel to it a few times, with a hammer.

Trust me, folks: If I can do this, ANYONE can.
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Old 10-14-2017, 03:11 PM   #62
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Red face Ford Focus 2008 SES - Problem/Fix - Saved me $700

Issue: When I first purchased my car I could literally just tap the key and it would fire right up. Once it hit about 7 years old, it slowly got harder to start my car until it just wouldn't start at all when the key was fully cranked and I would have to push the key in and jiggle it just right in order to get it to start. When I called Ford they told me that the "cylinder" around the ignition had worn out and it would cost anywhere from $500-$700 to fix it.

After reading many reviews of the Ford Dealership screwing people for repairs that didn't even fix the "start issue" with many Ford Focus's I decided to try a few things before going into the dealership.

I had first replaced the ignition for $24 on Amazon (re-keyed it to my key), then when that didn't work I narrowed the issue down to a power issue somewhere around the steering column. When you would fully crank the key you could hear something engaging but whatever it was wasn't getting power to the starter. I thought it was the anti theft sensor that went bad but after replacing that (found from junk yard because Ford only sells this piece in a $145 rebuild kit) the issue still wasn't fixed.

After further diagnostics, I discovered that this piece (Ignition Starter Switch, on the left side of steering column, type into Amazon: Dorman 924-867 Ignition Switch) was loose and if you pushed it in (and held it in place) ever so slightly the car would start right up.

I would suggest, if you are having this issue with your car to start here then move to ignition if it doesn't work. If there is any wiggle to the Ignition Starter Switch then this is more then likely your problem. There are tons of videos on this on YouTube too.
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Old 10-15-2017, 07:41 AM   #63
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Glad you were able to solve your problem.

Good luck with it!
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Old 04-09-2018, 07:27 PM   #64
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2010 Ford Focus SE, Ignition; turn key 3 or 4 times to start

Not a world-class motorhead here...I know just enough about working on cars to be dangerous. Any genuine assistance will be greatly appreciated. Here's the deal...I have a 2010 Ford Focus SE with 151K on the odometer. Everything is good to go except: I have to repeatedly turn the key in the switch before the car will start. Battery, starter and alternator all check out. What gives? Starter solenoid? Ignition Control Module?
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Old 04-10-2018, 06:14 AM   #65
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Either the ignition switch, or the ignition lock cylinder (both in your steering column), needs to be replaced; former will run you around $30 online or at a major auto part retailer (Napa, AutoZone, etc.). The latter, around $150 (online cheaper).

You can repair both yourself; if I could, you can. And I'm not a gear head.

If the ignition lock cylinder needs to be replaced: on this forum, there is a post of someone who fixed it on his daughter's car: in that post, he explains how you can "hot wire" your car to start with a slotted screwdriver, while you wait for the part to be shipped to you. I used this post to make the repair.

If the ignition lock cylinder needs to be replaced, roughly nine screws will need to be removed and replaced, to fix it; if the ignition switch, five screws will need to be removed and replaced

Watch this video on YouTube: "2010 Ford Focus Ignition Switch Replaced" : it's a great video that will tell you what you need to do to replace the ignition switch. I did it, and for about a year - 18 mos., I didn't have starting problems, until the same issue occurred, and I realized I had to replace the ignition lock cylinder.

(Parts are made of plastic or a low-grade metal, which wear; parts need to wear down, so the manufacturer can sell you replacement parts. If they were more durable, they wouldn't need to be replaced as often, lowering the number of replacement parts sold, and thus reducing their profit.)

The video - as well as others on YouTube (there is one of a lock cylinder replacement on a Ford Escape - regardless the model, the repair is the same) - and the post the father placed on this forum, helped me save $600 or more, from taking it to the dealer/shop to repair it.

Watch the video, and replace the ignition switch, first. Then see what happens. If you still have starting problems, then it's the ignition lock cylinder that needs to be replaced, and if so, return the ignition switch for a refund; a new switch will be in the lock cylinder replacement.

Seriously: You can make this repair. Won't take longer than an hour (and that's plenty of time).
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Old 04-10-2018, 06:40 AM   #66
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Check out the post by "Tilngot," for replacing the ignition lock cylinder. I read it a few times, before making the repair myself.
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Old 04-12-2018, 08:24 AM   #67
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CatManDeux.....a thousand thanks for the info! Watched the video, ordered the part. Took about 20 minutes to be all good again. Thanks for saving me about $650 bucks! The dealership quoted me $97 for the part (AutoZone $42) and the rest was in the labor.
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Old 04-12-2018, 03:46 PM   #68
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My pleasure! Actually, send Thanks to the fellow that posted the video on YouTube. Without him, we both would be out of pocket, Big Time! Also, this might happen again, down the road. If you replace the ignition switch that you just installed, and have the same problem, then the next step is probably replacing the ignition lock cylinder (you key fill feel "loose" when placed into the ignition, not tight, as if it were new).

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Old 04-12-2018, 11:25 PM   #69
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Fantastic post at #65 CatManDeux. Thanks! Rep added.

Edit: Here is a link to the how-to by TiIngot, -which CatManDeux mentioned earlier.

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Old 09-21-2019, 11:56 AM   #70
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I had ordered an assembly as referred to in your post. I had to cut a slot in the bolt using a file and a small metal hack saw blade (fine tooth) I was able to make a cut that fit a flat head screw driver in the slot don't bother turning it just tap the screwdriver with a hammer a few times it will loosen the locktite around the headless bolt. I ordered that assemble through amazon and was able to get a new bolt with a head on it and locktite for a few dollars more. So far the advice/suggestion has been spot on in all the details and has been a great post to troubleshoot the problem. kudo's/props to you sir.
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