Ford Focus Heads Up!

Discussion in 'Other Repairs' started by BailBonds, May 18, 2008.

  1. BailBonds

    BailBonds New Member

    My wife has an 04 Ford Focus 40K miles. She didn't tell me but the ignition stuck a couple of times in the off position. A good rattle freed it. Well it finally locked up for good after work the other night. I went down and with my old Harley skills (get a bigger hammer) managed to get it free with a hard knock with an ice scraper like a hammer driving the key like a nail. It freed it up to get it home. Googled it and found out there are so many doing this the state of CA has a class action suit against Ford. The local Ford stealership wanted $350 to $500 to replace the ignition cylinder acting like they weren't sure what it was. I bought one for $122.00 and it took me about an hour to swap out. This was by a rookie, imagine how fast a Ford mechanic should be able to do it! Hardest part is resetting all the tumblers or wafers as I call them. Not a dangerous problem unless you work at a school in a bad area in town which my wife does. This has happened on THOUSANDS of Ford Focus from 2000 and up I understand. So if you or a loved one has one you'll know at least how to get home.