Arsenio, I could almost right a book on this huge lemon that was produced
by FORD. I have had many of the same problems that you and others have,
and I'm posting today about my locked ignition that will not turn at all!
In fact, over time, it's been getting worse. I am an aircraft technician
by trade and put a lot of miles on this car driving a paper route. Just
b/c I drive a lot, should not mean that its my fault for such a
faulty-ridden vehicle with poor design from engineers that are too young
to understand what JOB ONE meant and many years ago. Things have
certainly changed since I was born in 1971 when cars were made. They were
made even better when my dad was born. However. I'm offering my advice
on the lock situation. I use Haynes manuals religiously!!! I guess
mechanical work comes naturally for me, but I do not under any
circumstances want to work on cars! This focus has broken interior
plastic parts that wont stay on, sticky O/D button on shifter in cold
weather, and fuel pump went bad, i have bent rims from who knows what..
(paper route and bad roads in OHIO), changed tie rods, ALL wheel
bearings... i could go on and on. If you're mechanically iclined, you can
take the lock cylinder out. However, it's a half-hour job to take
steering wheel, air bag and associated linkage and wires off. Not to
mention, the lock had to be DRILLED out with twist drill and pulled hard!
Darn thing.. DARN car is not worth buying again. i was ripped off
anyway.. 2000 focus USED with 68,000 miles for 10.5K-- dealer is charging
me 86.00 for cylnder kit. comes with instructions for setting tumbler and
new key is with it. -- good luck!