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Old 04-24-2005, 16:01   #1 (permalink)
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Ford Focus ZX3 Ignition problems

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. Iíve 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, Iím not sure if that matters. The clutch is always in
when Iím trying to start my car. Iíve 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?
Thanks!
Erin

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Old 04-24-2005, 16:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Ford Focus ZX3 Ignition problems

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.
http://www.motorage.com/motorage/dat...13/article.pdf




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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?
Thanks!
Erin

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Old 04-24-2005, 17:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Ford Focus ZX3 Ignition problems



finderinhere wrote:
>
> 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. Iíve 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, Iím not sure if that matters. The clutch is always in
> when Iím trying to start my car. Iíve 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?
> Thanks!
> Erin


Been there done that. Tha crap lock cinder is starting to
fail, more precisely the pins in the lock cinder are starting
ware out.

In the mean time incert the key in the lock strike the key
a couple of times that should set the pins so you can turn
the key.

I am on my second ignition lock which has also failed. I just
leave a key in the ignition all the time and carry a second
key to unlock the car.

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Old 04-25-2005, 13:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Ford Focus ZX3 Ignition problems

finderinhere wrote:
> 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. Iíve 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, Iím not sure if that matters. The clutch is always in
> when Iím trying to start my car. Iíve 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?
> Thanks!
> Erin
>

Been there, done that, vomited on the FORD T-Shirt.

Your lock cylinder is failing or has failed. The pins are made of cheap
brass and wear out quickly. It has nothing to do with whether it is auto
or manual. Your key is coded so you pretty much have to go to a Ford
dealer to have one replaced. Fortunately, the newer lock cylinders are
more robust. Cost me about $300CDN when I had my 2000 done 3-4 months
ago. Don't expect to go after Ford for this since they have never had a
recall on this since it is not "safety" related.

Just so you know you are not alone:
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/autom..._ignition.html

Ron

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Old 04-25-2005, 21:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Ford Focus ZX3 Ignition problems


"finderinhere" <UseLinkToEmail@AutoForumz.com> wrote in message
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>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. Iíve tried pulling the steering wheel as far as I can in both
> directions as I try to start my car.


Defective lock cylinders are a known defect on early Focus cars. It happened
to me. You can try spraying lock lubricant into it, but you probably need a
replacement lock, which has to be done by a dealer or locksmith since the
lock must be set for the key.

If you get a replacement lock, it's a good idea to spray lubricant in once
or twice a year (use lock lubricant only, regular oil will attract dirt).


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