Ignition Switch Problems of Ford Focus - part 1

Ford Focus owners have reported 895 problems related to ignition switch (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Focus based on all problems reported for the Focus.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2010 Ford Focus 1
Failure Date: 12/01/2017

Ignition switch is in stop position sometimes will start sometimes not have to turn position with both hands and sometime will turn on but not all the time pull key out and have tried to turn key around but won't work either car is stop position and could happen anywhere when try to start.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2009 Ford Focus 2
Failure Date: 10/04/2017

Ignition switch worn parts, common complaint recall earlier models, problem persists in 2009 Focus. Warrants recall and Ford fix.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2009 Ford Focus 3
Failure Date: 07/20/2017

Air bag light is stuck on randomly makes a "dinging" sound. Tires continue to wear out at a rapid speed, ignition switch will get stuck an engine will not turn over-can't find a cause. And the a/c stopped working this week, mechanic looking for a leak unable to figure out these issues and why they all started with in past month. Each problem they can't find solutions or tell me it's probably a sensor or the heat. They hook it up to the computer and it shows nothing wrong?!?!.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2009 Ford Focus 4
Failure Date: 06/01/2017

The ignition switch is very difficult to turn or start the car. If I do not play with the steering will it will not start. I don't think that it should be this hard to start a car.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2009 Ford Focus 5
Failure Date: 04/01/2017

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Focus. While attempting to start the vehicle, the key failed to turn in the ignition. The contact had to make several attempts before the ignition would turn and start the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to a certified mechanic who diagnosed that the ignition switch failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Ford Focus 6
Failure Date: 01/10/2017

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Focus. While attempting to start the vehicle, the engine would not immediately start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact indicated that the ignition switch was previously replaced in 2012 for the same failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 163,000.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2009 Ford Focus 7
Failure Date: 11/22/2015

Sometimes the car doesn't crank or start and it has happened around 6 times since we bought the car in 2011. It isn't the battery because I have just replaced it but seems like the ignition switch or cylinder is the problem. Any help would be appreciated.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2010 Ford Focus 8
Failure Date: 10/05/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2010 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while parked, the vehicle was not able to start. The contact mentioned that it took multiple attempted to start the vehicle. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch had failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 63,840. Jo.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2009 Ford Focus 9
Failure Date: 09/11/2015

At approx. 50,000 miles the ignition switch was difficult to turn eventually unable to turn key over. Had a new switch installed and now six months later it's starting to go out again. Very poor quality switch.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2015 Ford Focus 10
Failure Date: 09/08/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2015 Ford Focus. The contact stated that after removing the key from the ignition in the off position, the vehicle remained on. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 15v436000. However, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000. Ed.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2005 Ford Focus 11
Failure Date: 05/27/2015

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the ignition key was locked within the ignition switch. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2006 Ford Focus 12
Failure Date: 09/02/2014

I have had only two problems with my 2006 Ford Focus. First we have had to change the ignition switch twice due to the key being stick in lock would restart but would not come out. Second the inner door on the defrost sticks when on full defrost or full air conditioning and the cables brake keeping the driver from using the air conditioner or defrost at this point it is stuck on air.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2009 Ford Focus 13
Failure Date: 06/06/2014

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the key failed to turn in the ignition. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The technician diagnosed that the ignition switch, ignition cylinder and the housing needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 147,000.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Ford Focus 14
Failure Date: 05/18/2014

Traveled 1152 miles from north carolina to wisconsin. Car had problems when the key was turned to start the engine each time I would stop. When I reached my destination I was unable to restart the engine. I turned the key and could roll down the windows and turn on the radio, with the key removed from the ignition switch.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Ford Focus 15
Failure Date: 01/10/2014

I purchased my car used and was very happy with it for the first 3 years, but now I am having problems with the ignition switch. I have had one part replaced, but they are telling my that it is just a temporary solution as after only 2 weeks it would happen again. I would drive somewhere and go into a store, only to come out and can't start my car. Some times it happens all the time other days just once. The mechanic said that I would have to replace another part that could cost over $800, when the first time it was over $250! this is getting crazy as I noticed that there are several other complaints concerning this same issue with the same year and model. Ford needs to recall these and fix them!!.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2001 Ford Focus 16
Failure Date: 01/03/2014

Ignition switch on the vehicle is completely locked up and will not turn. My wife is a diabetic and has numerous health complications due to her diabetes. If we were out and became stranded it could have cost us her life. I am disappointed with Ford for not fixing this issue.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2009 Ford Focus 17
Failure Date: 08/30/2013

What it is that been happening for years now is the ignition switch will not allow my key to turn over the car to start it. I have too jiggle it to finally get it to strart my concern is something going wrong and causing a major problem.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2003 Ford Focus 18
Failure Date: 08/09/2013

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the ignition switch could not be engaged. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic for inspection. The failure was located at the ignition switch. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 72,000.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2003 Ford Focus 19
Failure Date: 02/09/2013

Ignition switch won't turn. Happened in bad part of town. This is a serious safety issue.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2003 Ford Focus 20
Failure Date: 12/15/2012

Ignition switch failed to turn. Internet research indicates defective switch. Tapping key with hammer allowed the switch to work properly and continue to work properly as long as the key is not removed. Once the key is removed, the ignition switch again freezes and will not turn.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2003 Ford Focus 21
Failure Date: 11/20/2012

Ignition switch will not turn preventing you from starting the car. My daughter got stranded at work at 11pm for 45 minutes until someone was able to help her get the key to turn. I took to a repair shop and they said a Ford dealer would need to replace as the 2000-2003 Focuses have a lot of ignition switch problems. The dealer wants $350 and will only warranty the part for 1 year!!.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 Ford Focus 22
Failure Date: 07/04/2012

The ignition switch,when I turn the key to the on position it sometimes sticks in this position and sticks it does this every other time when I turn on the vehicle it feels the key is going to get stuck in the starting position it don't spring back the way it should.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 23
Failure Date: 06/08/2012

The ignition switch jammed as I hear happens alot with these Fords due to inferior parts . The dealer charged me with 3. 5 hours shop time to fix this when Ford has issued technical service bullitan # 02-18-2 which calls for 1. 1 hours to fix as well as the $135. 05 list price of the replacement cylinder kit. If this is such a common problem known to Ford shouldn't it be subject to a ntsb recall?.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2003 Ford Focus 24
Failure Date: 05/12/2012

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the key was not able to operate in the ignition switch and the key got stuck. The dealer was not notified. The manufacturer was notified and was aware of the failure. The manufacturer stated that they had received numerous complaints about the failure, but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 97,000 and current mileage was 98,000.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2001 Ford Focus 25
Failure Date: 04/27/2012

Went to start my car this morning and the key would not turn in the ignition. After doing some google research, found that this is a very common issue with the Focus, and has to do with parts in the ignition switch becoming stuck. I was able to get the key to turn eventually by banging on it, and have now left the key in the ignition to avoid the problem occurring again.


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