2000 Focus Wagon Starting Issues

I am wondering if anyone has encountered this problem or might know what this is. First off it is an intermittent problem. What happens is at times when you put the key in to start the vehicle
nothing happens. It is like there is no juice from the key to the starter. The radio plays, heater/fans come on etc. It is not a battery issue.
I have jiggled the key, and moved the automatic transmission back and forth. At times this seems to help other times it doesn't seem to help. It also seems to be a bit more prevalent in cool weather. I have had it in once and they couldn't reproduce the problem and didn't fix anything.
It is going into the shop again but wondering if anyone has an idea what this could be?
I appreciate your help...
either post to group or me direct with the email addy below.
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D. Steele
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Sounds like the shift quadrant interlock switch. If it was mine I'd simply open it up and spray it with lubricant/cleaner.
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I'm not sure what a "shift quadrant interlock switch" is but it's probably what we usually call a neutral safety switch. The switch prevents the car from starting in any gear but neutral (park). When it begins to fail you can usually get the car to start by messing around with the gear shift. If this is the problem, it should be an inexpensive fix at the dealer or you can probably do it yourself if you have an after-market or shop manual for your Focus. Good luck. jor

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