I had a problem with no being able to remove my key from the
ignition. I told the dealer that I believed it was a problem
with the shifter. They replaced the ignition lock cylinder.
I don't know if they did that because it was cheaper / easier than
the shifter, or if it was because they see a lot of bad ignition
When it didn't fix the problem, they later replaced the shifter.
I've also had my shifter assembly replaced and the problem was fixed. I had
torn out the assembly myself to take a peek. There's was a small button that
would get stuck in a depressed position and that was the problem.
Bulletins for 2000 Ford Focus L4-121 2.0L SOHC VIN P SFI
Bulletins for 2000 Ford Focus L4-122 2.0L DOHC VIN 3 SFI
5. 02-18-2 SEP 02 Interior - Ignition Lock Cylinder Hard to Turn
What interests me is how many of the same problems are seen across many
Ford models. Look up different models and the same problems are being
Just last month, I had to have the ignition switch replaced in my 2000 Focus
wagon. I purchased an extended warranty, but Ford Canada says it doesn't
cover this particular repair. That makes no sense to me, as I can't think of
a single, more important component in the car.
The repair bill came to over $300 dollars, and Ford Canada is quite content
to see me bear the entire cost. I, in return, am quite happy to tell anyone
who asks just how completely dissatisfied I am with Ford's customer service.
This car WILL be my last Ford - EVER!
FWIW, my dealer, the tow truck operators, the dealer where the car was towed
for service, and Ford's customer service people have all heard of this
problem occurring in numerous other Focuses. If you own a focus, you should
probably expect to have to make this repair at some point in your car's
life. My advice is to have the repair performed as soon as you notice ANY
change in the ignition switch's performance. It is much easier and cheaper
to perform the repair while the switch is still functioning.
BTW, other than the key fob, there has never been any other weight added to
my ignition key.
As to the issuance of a recall, don't hold your breath. I've contacted
Transport Canada and urge you to do the same.
Good luck. I'd be interested to hear the outcome of your situation.
"FMR" wrote ...
Go to the thread started on 5/10/3002 at 12:25 pm
Subject: Ignition key won't go in 2000 from Mark Vassmer.
Many people have had the same problem and my daughter was told the only way
Ford will do anything is if they receive an overwhelming number of
complaints. She was told her name was put on a list and if ever a recall is
issued she would be notified. A lot of good that does. I keep coming back to
this group for updates and that's how I see a new thread has been started.
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