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    Default How do i unlock my steering wheel?

    I cant get my key to turn and my steering wheel is lock. The only thing i can do is stick the key in but it wont turn. My car has been been sitting out side for 4 weeks beause of the ignition switch. I really need my car for work. So please some one help me!!!!

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    Default Re: How do i unlock my steering wheel?

    grab the steering wheel and turn it slightly the way it will turn and hold it in place, it will move a little, then turn the key....ta da
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    Default Re: How do i unlock my steering wheel?

    What year is your Focus?

    Some 2000 and 2001 models had a bad reputation of the ignition lock seizing up causing this problem. Do as Focusfre4k suggested first and then report back.
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    Default Re: How do i unlock my steering wheel?

    Some folks have tapped their key with a hammer if it is frozen up. If you get it working, replace the lock cylinder ASAP. Search around here and you will find PLENTY of info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaroonZX3
    Some folks have tapped their key with a hammer if it is frozen up. If you get it working, replace the lock cylinder ASAP. Search around here and you will find PLENTY of info.
    It should be noted that this is risky, and only to be attempted if you are sure the ignition cyliinder is done for.
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    Default Re: How do i unlock my steering wheel?

    Thanx guys for your support..i tried the tap method with the hammer and it worked perfectly.its was like BINGO!!!!.the hammer is my bestfriend for now..lol...but once i take out the key i gotta do the same thing again. so what do u guys suggest i should do? new lock cylinder or what?

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    Default Re: How do i unlock my steering wheel?

    my car has been doin it for a few years now...i dont even need my hammer i just smack it with my hand

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    Quote Originally Posted by norcaljess
    Thanx guys for your support..i tried the tap method with the hammer and it worked perfectly.its was like BINGO!!!!.the hammer is my bestfriend for now..lol...but once i take out the key i gotta do the same thing again. so what do u guys suggest i should do? new lock cylinder or what?
    You can buy a new lock cylinder for around $80 from Ford. It's very easy to replace the cylinder, and it's quite simple to match it to your existing key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by norcaljess
    what do u guys suggest i should do? new lock cylinder or what?
    Yes, ASAP. Before it gets worse and the hammer trick doesn't work anymore. Ford (and many locksmiths) sell an updated lock cylinder made by Strattec. It has the key in the center instead of slightly offset like the original.

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    Default Re: How do i unlock my steering wheel?

    Yeah, if you don't replace it soon, you will be drilling it out like me. And that really sucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoagie666 View Post
    Yeah, if you don't replace it soon, you will be drilling it out like me. And that really sucks.

    Ok, so I go to start my wifes 2001 ford focus & the key will not go all the way in. Tried everything here and nothing worked. How do I drill it out? And once it is drilled out how to I unlock the wheel in order to pull the ignition switch out? Thanks for your help.

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    Drilling it out is not fun.
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    Default Re: How do i unlock my steering wheel?

    same problem i had stuck the key in but it would not unlock. don't waste your time replacing it yourself there just going to give you one that has problems go to ford and tell them your problem and they will give you one that you will never have this problem again i know. this happened to me even the ones you buy from auto stores may fix it temporary but if you want it fixed for good go get one from ford. and yes it was a recall.

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