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Steering Anti-theft Device Problems of Ford Focus - part 1



Ford Focus owners have reported 53 problems related to steering anti-theft device (under the steering category).

car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2003 Ford Focus 1
Failure Date: 02/10/2008

My cars ignition doesn't work. It will lock me out of my own car. I have to bang my key as hard as I can to get the ignition to unlock.

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car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 2
Failure Date: 01/27/2008

Anti-theft steering wheel locked and car won't start - 2nd time.

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car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2002 Ford Focus 3
Failure Date: 01/03/2008

I could not but the key in the ignition and the steering column is locked up. It seems like it is stuck in the start position. So now I have to get the car towed.

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car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2002 Ford Focus 4
Failure Date: 10/12/2007

Have a 2002 Ford Focus that has had the steering wheel locked up again. Last time I was able to turn the wheel hard enough to get the key to turn and start the car. This time no such luck. Right now it's sitting in the parking garage at work. Guess I'll have to call sam packs Ford to come fix $$$$$.

car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 5
Failure Date: 07/02/2007

The 2000 Focus has had many problems with the steering wheel locking. We put the key in and it wont turn. We have been stranded many times and this is costing us al ot of money to have a lock smith fix it, as welll as having it towed and the hassles of trying to get home when it happens in another town(twice). This needs to be fixed by Ford- I see it happens alot with others who own this car.

car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 6
Failure Date: 05/27/2007

The contact owns a 2000 Ford Focus. On may 27, 2007, the steering wheel detached from the column while driving 35 mph. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic. The purchase date and engine size was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 130,000.


car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2001 Ford Focus 7
Failure Date: 10/10/2006

Key can not turn ignition cylinder. This is the issue every time I try to start the car.

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car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 8
Failure Date: 10/05/2006

Steering column and ignition locked up for the second time on 2000 Ford Focus. Left stranded and had to tow vehicle again.

car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 9
Failure Date: 05/30/2006

Ford 2000 Focus ignition locked, aaa said this is a huge problem with Focus and no recalls.

car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 10
Failure Date: 05/14/2006

I have been having problems with the key and ignition in my 2000 Ford Focus for over 6 months now. The key once inserted into the ignition will not turn the lock, which has resulted in leaving me stranded several times, once in below freezing weather with an infant. Upon research online trying to determine what the problem is I am finding this is an extremely common occurrence, and have been subsequently told by two mechanics that it is a defect in the ignition construction that Ford refused to recall. I have had to have the ignition cylinder replace and re-keyed at a cost of over $400.


 
car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2003 Ford Focus 11
Failure Date: 04/17/2006

: the contact stated the steering wheel locked. The dealership replaced the key cylinder. This did not remedy the problem. The steering wheel locked again resulting in the vehicle being towed to the dealership. The dealership replaced the key cylinder again.

car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2004 Ford Focus 12
Failure Date: 02/12/2006

I purchased a 2004 Ford Focus a year ago and the ignition cylinder is going out. I have been stranded places several times in the cold because of this problem which is a known problem to many Ford Focus owners. I am going to have to replace this item soon at the cost to me of $250. There needs to be something done about this since many owners are experiencing the same issues. I have had to jiggle the key so much my hand hurts.

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car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 13
Failure Date: 11/13/2005

The contact stated when trying to start vehicle the steering column locked. She had the vehicle towed to a mechanic the first time this happened . Currently, the vehicle experienced the same problem while parked. The repairs will be at contact's expense.

car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 14
Failure Date: 08/13/2005

The ignition interlock failed on my 2000 Ford Focus. The key would not go into the ignition, so the steering wheel would not unlock and I could not turn the wheels so that when it was towed ($80) out of the parking space it almost hit another car. They had to drag it up onto the flat bed of the truck. The tow truck driver said that he alone tows one Focus per week due to this problem. I live in a large town and cannot tell me that there are not hundreds of reports of this problem. I was quoted the repair cost of $260 instantly when I called the dealer, how often does that happen. I can see why Ford does not recall this item, it is too much of a money machine!! how many thousands of repair have to be made before they recall this?.

car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2001 Ford Focus 15
Failure Date: 06/04/2005

My 2001 Ford Focus ignition swith has locked up leaving my car completely out of service and me stranded, the sterring wheel as well as everything else locks up. This has happened 10 times three times resulting in towing and complete removal and replacement of the ignition switch. Ford has done nothing except replaced the problem part each time resulting in failure again. It is also not covered under my extended warrenty.

car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2001 Ford Focus 16
Failure Date: 03/23/2005

I own a 2001 Ford Focus. The ignition key tumbler has been replaced twice in the last year.

car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 17
Failure Date: 02/19/2005

My steering wheel locks and will not budge on my 2000 Ford Focus.

car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2003 Ford Focus 18
Failure Date: 02/17/2005

I just bought this used 2 weeks ago, thinking it has under 50,000 miles it's good. Well on February 17,2005, I put the key in the ignition and the key wouldn't turn. I tried for at least an hour and nothing,I tried again the nex morning and nothing, the delearship had to tow and here I am without a car, so I deceided to search the web and see if this has happened to other people and sure enough it has, if this is a recall it needs to be fixed.

car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2003 Ford Focus 19
Failure Date: 02/05/2005

After washing the vehicle at a car wash steering column locked up. Steering wheel would not move in any direction. Vehicle was towed to the dealer, who informed consumer that the steering column was broken , and needed to be replaced.

car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 20
Failure Date: 02/04/2005

For the past week, I have had trouble turning the key in the ignition. It's as if the ignition is locked, along with the steering wheel. I had been able to move the key back and forth and have been successful in getting the key to turn (actually turn so the car could start). Today, however, no amount of 'jimmying' did the trick. The ignition was locked and the key would simply not turn - at all (even after I tapped the key into the ignition with my palm as I turned the key as recommended by a Ford service mechanic). Subsequently, I had to have the car towed to the town and country Ford in portland, or so they could replace the entire ignition cylinder. This is costing me around $290!. I have read other similar complaints, and the tow truck driver - who also owns a Ford Focus zx3 - has been having similar problems. Despite this, Ford has not 'recalled' this faulty ignition cylinder and I feel this requires further investigation and, at the least, compensation by Ford.

car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2003 Ford Focus 21
Failure Date: 01/13/2005

The ignition lock cylinder locks up, making it impossible to start the car. The ignition key will not turn the lock. If the car is towed in it creates a problem in that the car stays in park and if towed incorrectlywill damage the transmission. Ford motor views this as natural wear and tear.

car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 22
Failure Date: 12/13/2004

I own a 2000 Ford Focus that has had the same problem happen to it again. Approx. 2 years ago we had to have the entire steering column replaced because the mechanism had locked and would not allow us to turn the key. It has happened again and there is nothing we can do to get the key to turn in the ignition. This is ridiculous and we think that there should be a recall or something designated to assist with this problem. A 2000 model should not have this many problems with its steering mechanisms. Info below is appropriate to latest incident.

car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 23
Failure Date: 12/04/2004

Steering column ignition lock. Key inserted and won't come out, can't turn key - no steering, no power.

car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2001 Ford Focus 24
Failure Date: 12/03/2004

I walked to my car one evening after catching up with some friends. When I went to start the car I could not turn the key to start the ignition. The enitre steering column locked up including the brakes. Not only did I had to have my car towed to the nearest Ford dealership, but it was not covered under my warranty. The dealership replaced my "ignition lock". When I went to pay for the work, the cashier said that they have to replace at least one "ignition lock" a day at the dealership. Now my radio has been shorting out. I called the dealership that worked on my car and they said that there is no correlation between the two problems.

car image   Steering Anti-theft Device problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 25
Failure Date: 11/10/2004

My mom drove my 2000 Ford Focus to the shop to have the brakes done. She had no problem inserting the key into the ignition and starting the car. I have never had any problems with ignition sticking or key not turning. When auto mech came out to move the car, the key could not be inserted all the way into the keyhole and would not turn. 2 mechs and my mom tried get to the ignition to unlock. We then called courtesy Ford & were told this is a known problem w/ Focus' & we would have to replace the ignition lock. This cost was est at $260. If this is a "known problem with the 2000 Ford, why are we having to pay for repairs?.