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Shouldn't be that hard to slip in. Should be a easy fix though, have it checked under warranty if the car still has it. The other option would be get some white lithium grease and give it a quick squirt in the cylinder.
 

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09-19-15 IGNITION KEY BINDING IN IGNITION CYLINDER WHEN TURNING TO START POSITION ONLY - BUILT ON OR BEFORE 8/3/2009

Publication Date: September 22, 2009

FORD: 2008-2010 Focus, Escape
MERCURY: 2008-2010 Mariner


ISSUE:
Some 2008-2010 Focus, Escape, and Mariner vehicles built on or before 8/3/2009 may exhibit an ignition key that is binding in the ignition cylinder when attempting to turn to the Start position only. This may be due to a damaged steering column lock module. The brake shift interlock is not affected.

ACTION:
Follow the service procedure to correct the condition.

SERVICE PROCEDURE

Verify steering column lock module is the source of concern.
While on level ground, position the steering wheel in the straight ahead position and remove ignition key.
Turn the steering wheel clockwise and counterclockwise to verify the steering column lock restricts rotation. The steering lock should engage before ± 15 degrees of rotation, and will be a hard metal stop in each direction.
Does the steering column lock engage in each direction?
Yes - Do not continue with this procedure. Reference Workshop Manual (WSM), Section 501-14 for additional diagnostics
No - Proceed to step 2.
Replace the steering column lock module per WSM, Section 211-05.

PART NUMBER PART NAME
9L8Z-3511-A Lock Module - Automatic Transmission
9S4Z-3511-A Lock Module - Manual Transmission


WARRANTY STATUS:
Eligible Under Provisions Of New Vehicle Limited Warranty Coverage
IMPORTANT: Warranty coverage limits/policies are not altered by a TSB. Warranty coverage limits are determined by the identified causal part.
 

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help

i have a focus coupe 2009 build on 12/08 im havin problems to turn in my car regarding the ignition key switch , please let me know where did you find that recall because they are saying me at the ford dealer that i bought my car that my car does not have a recall, please let me know , thanks for your help.
 
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