Your ignition lock is failing, a common problem on 2000 -2003 Ford Focus.
Your best bet would be to take the car to a locksmith as soon as you can and
have him replace the lock cylinder. It a lot cheaper through a lock smith
and you get a better quality lock. If it completely fails then you will have
to have the lock cylinder drilled - its expensive and problematic because if
it is drilled incorrectly the steering column has to be replaced. Go to this
URL for more information.
"finderinhere" <UseLinkToEmail@AutoForumz.com> wrote in message
I have a 2000 Ford Focus ZX3. Occasionally, when I try to start my car
the ignition will not do anything. I will put my key in the ignition
and try to turn my key, however it is as if I have locked my steering
wheel. I've tried pulling the steering wheel as far as I can in both
directions as I try to start my car. This has happend 4 times in the
past 2 months. Two of the times I could not start my car for 20
minutes. The other two took me 1-5 minutes to start my car. I have
also tried using my spare key, which has not resulted in anything. My
car is a manual, I'm not sure if that matters. The clutch is always in
when I'm trying to start my car. I've also tried jiggling the steering
wheel back and forth as I try to start my car. What is wrong with my
car? What should I do?
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