Most Ford Focus owners have complaints against the vehicle that either the key sticks in the ignition or it doesn’t turn. All models of Ford Focus right from 2000-2003 have this issue. It was not a cost issue until the cars were under warranty but after the warranty expired, the value of the cars steadily depreciated in the used car market. Plus the owners have to shell out quite a bit to get it repaired at their own cost.

Help is at hand. AD San Diego Locksmith can do this job efficiently and at half the cost of getting the ignition assembles replaced at a dealership. Different locksmiths handle this problem in their own way but usually fix the ignition but in extreme situations need to replace the ignition and reprogramming it to mach the rest of the car locks and the key.


The time period while the ignition works well depends but whether it is two months or 5 years, the bare truth is that it will get jammed. You may have issues with the car key getting stuck in the ignition and only jiggling the ignition will allow you to start which is a sure sign that you need to call in a professional to get the ignition repaired or changed. But if you own a Ford Focus, you just cannot get away with this problem.

Many believe that the reason for the jamming and ignition switch issue is related to poor design and cheap quality manufacturing by Ford. The 1990s made Ford ignition switches were known to catch fire, thus it is best to keep in mind that any malfunction could leave you stranded anywhere.

The connection between the Ford ignition and the car’s computer is through the Transponder microchip inbuilt within the car key. Changing the ignition switch, which is a professional and complex operation, needs an expert auto locksmith to do the installation. You can’t just take it to the dealership for getting this done due to high costs.

So why does this problem arise?

Well, the basic reason is that the ignition assembly is not of the quality that is desired and thus gets worn out very fast, leaving you with numerous glitches. Other experts believe that there is a design issue that adds to the problem. Generally this kind of a situation arises when the wafers jam the ignition and the cylinder bends, leaving then latched in a position which does not allow them to move.

Check if you are having any of these issues with your Ford Focus car:

  • Difficulty in turning the key in the ignition
  • Sticking ignition
  • Key is dirty after removing or turning
  • Unable to remove the key
  • Key locked in a position
  • Completely ‘frozen’ key

If you are wondering about the charge of fixing this issue, AD San Diego Locksmith charges in the range of $200-$300 while the same work done at a dealership costs way over $500. The only solution most people came up with was to leave a key in the ignition permanently!

Ford Focus Ignition Problems in Years 2000-2006 has a known problem regarding the ignition. It could be six months, or it could even be six years, but eventually the ignition will stick! The key itself might get stuck in the ignition, or you may have to jiggle the ignition in order to have it turn – a sure sign that you should have a professional replace the ignition. Either way, if you own a Ford Focus, there is a high probability that you may come across this issue.

Many consumers feel that the general cause of this ignition switch problem is due to poorly manufactured parts by Ford. The manner in which the Ford Focus ignition communicates with the car’s computer is via the Transponder microchip, which is located directly within your car key, so replacing the ignition switch can be a highly complex operation, and is exactly why professional installation is strongly recommended. Yes, at AD San Diego Locksmith we can do this job for you, this is not a task where you’ll be forced to seek services from the dealership!

The problem comes from the ignition switch not being of the highest quality and is therefore easily worn out. What happens then is the wafers get stuck into the ignition, and also the cylinder itself becomes bent, making them latch in their current position disabling them from moving. Ford Focus owners need not despair! There are locksmiths out there that do have a few ways of handling this issue ranging from, when possible, fixing the ignition to, in serious situations, replacing the ignition and recoding it to match your key and the rest of the car locks.