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msterspy
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      01-28-2005
I have a Ford Escape and occasionall the ignition key won't turn. It
acts like it is the wrong key in the ignition. Takes some work to get
it to tunr sometimes. I thought it was the steering wheel lock being
preloaded but it happens whne the steering wheel is moreor less free
and no tension agaisnt the lock.

Anyopne have any suggestions on how to fix this? I know that replacing
the lockset is going to be expensive.

M

 
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SC Tom
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      01-28-2005
Depending on the year or mileage, maybe it's still under warranty?
SC Tom

"msterspy" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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>I have a Ford Escape and occasionall the ignition key won't turn. It
> acts like it is the wrong key in the ignition. Takes some work to get
> it to tunr sometimes. I thought it was the steering wheel lock being
> preloaded but it happens whne the steering wheel is moreor less free
> and no tension agaisnt the lock.
>
> Anyopne have any suggestions on how to fix this? I know that replacing
> the lockset is going to be expensive.
>
> M
>



 
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msterspy
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      01-28-2005
Yes it is still under warranty but the dealer is relluctant to look at
it. I asked about it and they suggested spraying lubricating
graphite into the ignitition key switch. I don't like that idea. The
graphite may mess up something else.
It is an intermittant problem which = a hassle because with my
experience with such matters, when you bring the car in for an
intermittant problem they usually say that they can not find the
problem and its a day waisted . If I knew what to look for, maybe I
could point it out to the service people and the diagnosis/repair
would be easier.

Seems like a minor problem with the car but nevertheless it is
irritating.
MS

On Fri, 28 Jan 2005 16:17:36 -0500, "SC Tom" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

>Depending on the year or mileage, maybe it's still under warranty?
> SC Tom
>
>"msterspy" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
>news:(E-Mail Removed).. .
>>I have a Ford Escape and occasionall the ignition key won't turn. It
>> acts like it is the wrong key in the ignition. Takes some work to get
>> it to tunr sometimes. I thought it was the steering wheel lock being
>> preloaded but it happens whne the steering wheel is moreor less free
>> and no tension agaisnt the lock.
>>
>> Anyopne have any suggestions on how to fix this? I know that replacing
>> the lockset is going to be expensive.
>>
>> M
>>

>


 
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SC Tom
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      01-29-2005
You could try one of the dry silicone sprays. They don't leave the mess that
graphite does.
If it were my car, though, I think I'd insist on them fixing it. If you
screw something up, you're out big bucks. If they screw it up, you're
without your car for a few days, but it doesn't cost you anything. Quite
often small things like that have a tendency to work themselves up to
something bigger.
Good luck!
SC Tom

"msterspy" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> Yes it is still under warranty but the dealer is relluctant to look at
> it. I asked about it and they suggested spraying lubricating
> graphite into the ignitition key switch. I don't like that idea. The
> graphite may mess up something else.
> It is an intermittant problem which = a hassle because with my
> experience with such matters, when you bring the car in for an
> intermittant problem they usually say that they can not find the
> problem and its a day waisted . If I knew what to look for, maybe I
> could point it out to the service people and the diagnosis/repair
> would be easier.
>
> Seems like a minor problem with the car but nevertheless it is
> irritating.
> MS
>
> On Fri, 28 Jan 2005 16:17:36 -0500, "SC Tom" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
>
>>Depending on the year or mileage, maybe it's still under warranty?
>> SC Tom
>>
>>"msterspy" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
>>news:(E-Mail Removed). ..
>>>I have a Ford Escape and occasionall the ignition key won't turn. It
>>> acts like it is the wrong key in the ignition. Takes some work to get
>>> it to tunr sometimes. I thought it was the steering wheel lock being
>>> preloaded but it happens whne the steering wheel is moreor less free
>>> and no tension agaisnt the lock.
>>>
>>> Anyopne have any suggestions on how to fix this? I know that replacing
>>> the lockset is going to be expensive.
>>>
>>> M
>>>

>>

>



 
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Kim Neubert
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      01-29-2005

"msterspy" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:(E-Mail Removed)...
> Yes it is still under warranty but the dealer is relluctant to look at
> it. I asked about it and they suggested spraying lubricating
> graphite into the ignitition key switch. I don't like that idea. The
> graphite may mess up something else.
> It is an intermittant problem which = a hassle because with my
> experience with such matters, when you bring the car in for an
> intermittant problem they usually say that they can not find the
> problem and its a day waisted . If I knew what to look for, maybe I
> could point it out to the service people and the diagnosis/repair
> would be easier.
>
> Seems like a minor problem with the car but nevertheless it is
> irritating.
> MS
>
> On Fri, 28 Jan 2005 16:17:36 -0500, "SC Tom" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
>
> >Depending on the year or mileage, maybe it's still under warranty?
> > SC Tom
> >
> >"msterspy" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> >news:(E-Mail Removed).. .
> >>I have a Ford Escape and occasionall the ignition key won't turn. It
> >> acts like it is the wrong key in the ignition. Takes some work to get
> >> it to tunr sometimes. I thought it was the steering wheel lock being
> >> preloaded but it happens whne the steering wheel is moreor less free
> >> and no tension agaisnt the lock.
> >>
> >> Anyopne have any suggestions on how to fix this? I know that replacing
> >> the lockset is going to be expensive.
> >>
> >> M
> >>

> >

>


DON"T use graphite. I did that once and shorted the switch.


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Markansas
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      01-31-2005
msterspy wrote:
> I have a Ford Escape and occasionall the ignition key won't turn. It
> acts like it is the wrong key in the ignition. Takes some work to get
> it to tunr sometimes. I thought it was the steering wheel lock being
> preloaded but it happens whne the steering wheel is moreor less free
> and no tension agaisnt the lock.
>
> Anyopne have any suggestions on how to fix this? I know that replacing
> the lockset is going to be expensive.
>
> M


I remember hearing about the first 2 or 3 years of the FOCUS, a locksmith
friend of mine mentioned that the cylinders were cheaply made, and he had
replaced a higher than average number of them


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