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Old 02-03-2013, 15:42   #1 (permalink)
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Key stuck in ignition

My key will not turn all the way back to the #1 postion unless I unplug power to the switch. This means I can't pull the key out unless I cut power to the switch. I replaced the tumbler and the ignition switch, but I still have the same problem when the switch is plugged in. This is in my 2005 . It has the same ignition parts as my 2002 Focus. When I turn the key back it stops about a 1/16 of an inch before the #1 position. Anyone have any ideas why?

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Old 02-04-2013, 02:02   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Key stuck in ignition

Ignition switch has key removal inhibit solenoid. solenoid is powered all the time from the ignition switch. solenoid is activated when gear shifter is in R.N.D.2.1 position. So you either have a problem in the gear shifter (grounding the circuit when in park) or wire between gear shifter and solenoid is shorted to be a ground or internal ignition switch is malfunctioning. Disconnecting battery will release key because the solenoid is turned off. You can access ignition switch connector and cut black and yellow wire at pin#3 - if key starts to work, then it is most-likely gear shifter switch causing the problem.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:42   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Key stuck in ignition

You see the reply from CatSkinner to your other post ?
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Old 02-10-2013, 20:58   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Key stuck in ignition

Thanks for the help on this. I figured out what the problem was. My wife's cell phone charger cord had fallen down beind the shifer and would not let it go all the way forward. Pulled the cord out of the way and the problem went away.

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Old 02-11-2013, 03:03   #5 (permalink)
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Good to hear it was a simple fix , thanks for updating the forum .
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