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I have a 2002 Ford Focus. It was really cold here this morning approx. -30. I went out to start the car entering through the passenger side and started the car. I went back inside and let it warm up for apprx.5 minutes, came back out and the doors were all locked. I utried to use my extra set of keys to open the door with the remote door opener and did not work. Then used the key in the drivers side and still would not open. It was like everything was locked with the engine running. Nothing would work. After approx. 30 minutes of engine running i was finally able to use key to open the door. Any idea of wht happened? Not sure if i did something wrong or I should be aware of something when i let car run like this? I ;live in Winnipeg Canada with no garage so have to do this quite often in the winter. Any thoughts or help would be much appreciated. Thanks
 

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[welcome] to FF.com!!!

if the key didnt work in the door, id say that is was simply frozen. -30 is insane!

this feature is called central locking. do a search and you will find that you arent the only one here that this has happened to.

while the car is running, none of the key fobs will work. this however was changed in the 08+'s.

to turn central locking off, depress both the unlock and lock buttons on a fob until the turn signals blink on the car. central locking is also explained in the owners manual. kinda cool feature.

good luck in the future[thumb]
 

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This is why i keep a lighter and bottle of lock deicer in my jacket at all times in the winter.
 

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Just so you know... those lock deicers eat your lock internals eventually... rather get those little lock deicers that use a light beam to melt the ice in the lock....
 

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we had to break into our old golf to get the damn doors to open one winter. By the way, its a bad idea to let your car warm up, leaves a lot of deposits.
 

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get a winter package from ford.. you plug your car to a power outlet and it heats your motor up that way when u go and start your car up it is pre heated.
 

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I don't really understand. Some say it is not a good idea to warm up the car when others say opposite.

It just doesn't seem right to start and go. The car has to reach the operational temperatures. I warm up my car
 

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those 2 minutes to warm up in the cold won't harm your engine. Its the lesser of two evils, letting your car idle for a period or driving it with cold oil. As far as deposits go, thats a big huh?? Just idling won't amass a whole lot more deposits than driving, if so then how would you account for stoplights?
 

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It was 13 degrees yesterday morning, after an icy rain the previous night. Rather than scrape off the windows, I let the thing warm up on defrost. I knew the key wouldn't work, and I didn't trust the car to stay unlocked.

The key fob opened the door....so I let the car warm up with the door cracked open. Can't lock itself that way.... It's a dumb system.
 

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Yes 2-5 minutes of letting the car run on a cold day is far better then the damage caused by starting and going with a cold motor and poor oil circulation.
 

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get a winter package from ford.. you plug your car to a power outlet and it heats your motor up that way when u go and start your car up it is pre heated.
if he has a Canadian focus he should already have an engine block heater. IIRC all Canadian foci should have it.
I live in vancouver and will never need to use my block heater, but it came with the car.
 

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I have the same problem yesterday with my escort... i could not open the god dam doors... and i was affraid of ripping off my door handels.... so what i did i can removed all the ice around the doors, and then i have to get in from the hatch... it was like -18 or so
 

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if he has a Canadian focus he should already have an engine block heater. IIRC all Canadian foci should have it.
I live in vancouver and will never need to use my block heater, but it came with the car.
Well i have 2 Focus Wagons both were Sold in Canada, Wagon 1 does have a block heater, wagon 2 does not nor does it have the element which I checked its location on wagon 2 where the wiring went to on wagon 1

When i warm up my car now ( aside to theres 2 non pats 1 old unprogrammed pats and 2 new programmed pats key for wagon 1 I also have a hidden switch to pop the hatch JUST in case I don't have a spare
I also leave either the door cracked open or the window just far enough down to use a broom handle to hit the unlock on the opposite door XD
 

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i have done it several times my self i have learned to leave the window down just a crack
 
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