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Old 08-04-2005, 08:01   #1 (permalink)
rufus20
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Broken ignition

The key won't turn in the ignition of my 2002 ZX5. I'm bringing it to the
dealer tomorrow who says that it is an uncommon issue.
I see a lot of postings here regarding this "uncommon" issue.
Who has had a similar problem?


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Old 08-04-2005, 09:01   #2 (permalink)
Dave Gower
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Re: Broken ignition


"rufus20" <rufus20@cox.net> wrote in message
news:KxpIe.13687$MO.2270@lakeread04...
> The key won't turn in the ignition of my 2002 ZX5. I'm bringing it to the
> dealer tomorrow who says that it is an uncommon issue.
> I see a lot of postings here regarding this "uncommon" issue.
> Who has had a similar problem?


This is common on 2000 and 2001 North American Focuses, but rare after that.
Perhaps it is your model year that the dealer is referring to.


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Old 08-04-2005, 16:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Broken ignition

My dealer said the exact same thing: "never seen this problem before". The
tow truck driver told me he had, personally, hauled a dozen or more Foci to
that dealer for the very same problem. Car dealers aren't known for their
integrity, and, perhaps, this helps to illustrate why.

Rob

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"rufus20" wrote ...
> The key won't turn in the ignition of my 2002 ZX5. I'm bringing it to the
> dealer tomorrow who says that it is an uncommon issue.
> I see a lot of postings here regarding this "uncommon" issue.
> Who has had a similar problem?



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Old 08-04-2005, 17:01   #4 (permalink)
rufus20
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Re: Broken ignition

First of all, a correction: it's a 2003 ZX5.
I Googled "Ford Focus ignition" and found, literally, dozens of sites with
postings from angry owners. I found some that are on their third ignition.
Interestingly, many people report having tow operators say the same thing
about towing many Foci with broken ingnitions. I wonder which dealer in the
country HAS seen this problem before?
In my research, Ford has never acknowledged the problem or issued a
Technical Service Bulletin regarding it (however, I did find TSBs covering
my broken windshield wipers and horn).
I'm considering taking this up with the consumer unit of the local
television station to see how many cases of this obvious defect it stirs up.
I'll keep the group posted.


"Basic Wedge" <basic-wedge@shaw.ca> wrote in message
news:DcwIe.116887$%K2.48129@pd7tw1no...
> My dealer said the exact same thing: "never seen this problem before". The
> tow truck driver told me he had, personally, hauled a dozen or more Foci

to
> that dealer for the very same problem. Car dealers aren't known for their
> integrity, and, perhaps, this helps to illustrate why.
>
> Rob
>
> -----------------------------------
>
> "rufus20" wrote ...
> > The key won't turn in the ignition of my 2002 ZX5. I'm bringing it to

the
> > dealer tomorrow who says that it is an uncommon issue.
> > I see a lot of postings here regarding this "uncommon" issue.
> > Who has had a similar problem?

>
>



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Old 08-04-2005, 17:01   #5 (permalink)
Dan
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Re: Broken ignition

I have seen another 2003 ZX5 posted on the group a few months back with a
key the wouldn't turn.
She was a realestate agent and she was stoping and starting her ignition a
lot.
I have a 2003 ZX5 as well, and I realize that it is just a matter of time.
Using Lock Lubricant can put off the inevitable, but it will only delay it.


"rufus20" <rufus20@cox.net> wrote in message
news:gdxIe.13721$MO.2487@lakeread04...
> First of all, a correction: it's a 2003 ZX5.
> I Googled "Ford Focus ignition" and found, literally, dozens of sites with
> postings from angry owners. I found some that are on their third ignition.
> Interestingly, many people report having tow operators say the same thing
> about towing many Foci with broken ingnitions. I wonder which dealer in
> the
> country HAS seen this problem before?
> In my research, Ford has never acknowledged the problem or issued a
> Technical Service Bulletin regarding it (however, I did find TSBs covering
> my broken windshield wipers and horn).
> I'm considering taking this up with the consumer unit of the local
> television station to see how many cases of this obvious defect it stirs
> up.
> I'll keep the group posted.
>
>
> "Basic Wedge" <basic-wedge@shaw.ca> wrote in message
> news:DcwIe.116887$%K2.48129@pd7tw1no...
>> My dealer said the exact same thing: "never seen this problem before".
>> The
>> tow truck driver told me he had, personally, hauled a dozen or more Foci

> to
>> that dealer for the very same problem. Car dealers aren't known for their
>> integrity, and, perhaps, this helps to illustrate why.
>>
>> Rob
>>
>> -----------------------------------
>>
>> "rufus20" wrote ...
>> > The key won't turn in the ignition of my 2002 ZX5. I'm bringing it to

> the
>> > dealer tomorrow who says that it is an uncommon issue.
>> > I see a lot of postings here regarding this "uncommon" issue.
>> > Who has had a similar problem?

>>
>>

>
>



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Old 08-04-2005, 17:01   #6 (permalink)
rufus20
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Re: Broken ignition

Actually, from what I've read, the tumblers are made of an inferior alloy
and they just wear out.
Ford has not redesigned the part, so it will continue to happen.



"Dan" <dnospambenka@cox.net> wrote in message
news:RjxIe.85332$%Z2.68564@lakeread08...
> I have seen another 2003 ZX5 posted on the group a few months back with a
> key the wouldn't turn.
> She was a realestate agent and she was stoping and starting her ignition a
> lot.
> I have a 2003 ZX5 as well, and I realize that it is just a matter of time.
> Using Lock Lubricant can put off the inevitable, but it will only delay

it.
>
>
> "rufus20" <rufus20@cox.net> wrote in message
> news:gdxIe.13721$MO.2487@lakeread04...
> > First of all, a correction: it's a 2003 ZX5.
> > I Googled "Ford Focus ignition" and found, literally, dozens of sites

with
> > postings from angry owners. I found some that are on their third

ignition.
> > Interestingly, many people report having tow operators say the same

thing
> > about towing many Foci with broken ingnitions. I wonder which dealer in
> > the
> > country HAS seen this problem before?
> > In my research, Ford has never acknowledged the problem or issued a
> > Technical Service Bulletin regarding it (however, I did find TSBs

covering
> > my broken windshield wipers and horn).
> > I'm considering taking this up with the consumer unit of the local
> > television station to see how many cases of this obvious defect it stirs
> > up.
> > I'll keep the group posted.
> >
> >
> > "Basic Wedge" <basic-wedge@shaw.ca> wrote in message
> > news:DcwIe.116887$%K2.48129@pd7tw1no...
> >> My dealer said the exact same thing: "never seen this problem before".
> >> The
> >> tow truck driver told me he had, personally, hauled a dozen or more

Foci
> > to
> >> that dealer for the very same problem. Car dealers aren't known for

their
> >> integrity, and, perhaps, this helps to illustrate why.
> >>
> >> Rob
> >>
> >> -----------------------------------
> >>
> >> "rufus20" wrote ...
> >> > The key won't turn in the ignition of my 2002 ZX5. I'm bringing it to

> > the
> >> > dealer tomorrow who says that it is an uncommon issue.
> >> > I see a lot of postings here regarding this "uncommon" issue.
> >> > Who has had a similar problem?
> >>
> >>

> >
> >

>
>



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Old 08-05-2005, 22:01   #7 (permalink)
John R Cambron
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Re: Broken ignition



rufus20 wrote:
>
> Actually, from what I've read, the tumblers are made of an inferior alloy
> and they just wear out.
> Ford has not redesigned the part, so it will continue to happen.


To be precise, its the pins, they are made of brass. When I had
my first ignition lock replaced the mechanic showed me the warn
pins that came out of the lock.

To avoid having to tow the car, insert the key in ignition lock,
strike the end of the key a couple of times, this should set the
pins to allow the key to turn.

> "Dan" <dnospambenka@cox.net> wrote in message
> news:RjxIe.85332$%Z2.68564@lakeread08...
> > I have seen another 2003 ZX5 posted on the group a few months back with a
> > key the wouldn't turn.
> > She was a realestate agent and she was stoping and starting her ignition a
> > lot.
> > I have a 2003 ZX5 as well, and I realize that it is just a matter of time.
> > Using Lock Lubricant can put off the inevitable, but it will only delay

> it.
> >
> >
> > "rufus20" <rufus20@cox.net> wrote in message
> > news:gdxIe.13721$MO.2487@lakeread04...
> > > First of all, a correction: it's a 2003 ZX5.
> > > I Googled "Ford Focus ignition" and found, literally, dozens of sites

> with
> > > postings from angry owners. I found some that are on their third

> ignition.
> > > Interestingly, many people report having tow operators say the same

> thing
> > > about towing many Foci with broken ingnitions. I wonder which dealer in
> > > the
> > > country HAS seen this problem before?
> > > In my research, Ford has never acknowledged the problem or issued a
> > > Technical Service Bulletin regarding it (however, I did find TSBs

> covering
> > > my broken windshield wipers and horn).
> > > I'm considering taking this up with the consumer unit of the local
> > > television station to see how many cases of this obvious defect it stirs
> > > up.
> > > I'll keep the group posted.
> > >
> > >
> > > "Basic Wedge" <basic-wedge@shaw.ca> wrote in message
> > > news:DcwIe.116887$%K2.48129@pd7tw1no...
> > >> My dealer said the exact same thing: "never seen this problem before".
> > >> The
> > >> tow truck driver told me he had, personally, hauled a dozen or more

> Foci
> > > to
> > >> that dealer for the very same problem. Car dealers aren't known for

> their
> > >> integrity, and, perhaps, this helps to illustrate why.
> > >>
> > >> Rob
> > >>
> > >> -----------------------------------
> > >>
> > >> "rufus20" wrote ...
> > >> > The key won't turn in the ignition of my 2002 ZX5. I'm bringing it to
> > > the
> > >> > dealer tomorrow who says that it is an uncommon issue.
> > >> > I see a lot of postings here regarding this "uncommon" issue.
> > >> > Who has had a similar problem?
> > >>
> > >>
> > >
> > >

> >
> >


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Old 08-07-2005, 15:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Broken ignition

"Fouled Focus Ignition Locks"
By Richard McCuistian,
Contributing Editor,
http://www.motorage.com/motorage/dat...13/article.pdf
I am having the same problem with my Mom's 2000 Ford Focus. Another
group, alt.locksmiths, suggested smacking key into ignition to make it
turn -the key went in all the way but still not turning. That group
also has many posts about this ignition problem. ~StevenJ
rufus20 wrote:
> The key won't turn in the ignition of my 2002 ZX5. I'm bringing it to the
> dealer tomorrow who says that it is an uncommon issue.
> I see a lot of postings here regarding this "uncommon" issue.
> Who has had a similar problem?


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