Ford Escape Ignition Key Problem

Discussion in 'Escape' started by msterspy, Jan 28, 2005.

  1. msterspy

    msterspy Guest

    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.

    msterspy, Jan 28, 2005
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    SC Tom Guest

    Depending on the year or mileage, maybe it's still under warranty?
    SC Tom
    SC Tom, Jan 28, 2005
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  3. msterspy

    msterspy Guest

    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
    msterspy, Jan 28, 2005
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    SC Tom Guest

    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
    SC Tom, Jan 29, 2005
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    Kim Neubert Guest

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

    Kim Neubert, Jan 29, 2005
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    Markansas Guest

    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
    Markansas, Jan 31, 2005
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