'04 2.0 MT XLS, Ignition Lock Cylinder Problem
A couple of days ago I was unable to advance the ignition key past the locked position. After much jiggling, I was able to start and limp the car home. I thought perhaps the key I had was worn, but I tried my factory second and that wouldn't work either. I was then able to get the lock cylinder out (again after more jiggling to get it to the "on" position), and am at the point of ordering a new lock cylinder, assuming that that is the problem (car has 380M miles).
My car has the key chip in the plastic handle of the key, not on the metal blade.
What is involved in resetting a new lock cylinder with my same keys? I believe that I don't need a "scan tool" if I am keeping the same keys. When I look at a new cylinder on Rock Auto, there is the cylinder and what appears to be several springs and bladed cams. This is a Ford (Motorcraft) lock cylinder I would be ordering.