Go Back   Ford Mustang Forums > Mustang > 4.6 Mustang > 4.6L Tech

Welcome to our Mustang forums where Mustangers come together to hang out, discuss and enjoy their favorite Mustang hobby with fellow Mustang enthusiasts. We invite everyone to read, post, and enjoy our Mustang forum as well as the many other sections of our site.

You are currently viewing our forums as a guest. By joining our community you gain access to post topics, communicate with members, upload your photos and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and free so why wait, join our Mustang community today! If you have any problems with registration or your account login, please contact support.


Reply   Post New Thread
Unread 06-29-2009   #1 (permalink)
joseguervo is offline Rookie

4.6L Member


Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 18 Threads: 7
 joseguervo's Country Flag  View joseguervo's 7 photos
Pascagoula   Mississippi
joseguervo is on a distinguished road
Angry 2000 Mustang GT ignition cylinder lock up

Just curious to see if anyone else has had this problem and/or any luck gettting a resolution from Ford concerning this: On Friday afternoon I went out to my car and I couldn't get the key to turn in the ignition. It absolutely would not budge. I checked the internet and found this was a common problem among 2000-2003 Ford Focuses and the only resolution was to drill out the cylinder and replace it with a new one. I've had my car towed to a shop and the mechanic has confirmed my suspicions. I'm just wondering who else has had this happen and what their resolution was.
joseguervo is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Unread 06-29-2009   #2 (permalink)
racin366 is offline SHELBY GT 350 Member

4.6L Member


Joined: May 2008
Posts: 5,340 Threads: 50
 racin366's Country Flag
Pompano Beach   Florida
racin366 is on a distinguished road
Default

Often its the tumblers that get siezed... sometimes you may be able to fix the problem by putting some precision oil on the key and moving it back and forth slowly, it'll work in there and sometimes free up the tumblers, it works for a lot of stubborn locks, just make sure to use precision oil, not wd40 or other crap like penetrating oils, they will make it worse over time, but the precision oil is a bit heavier and has no water content, so it will stay put and not cause corrosion.
__________________
The artist formerly known as SteedaMatt.
racin366 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Unread 06-29-2009   #3 (permalink)
PitchBlack03 is offline Apprentice

4.6L Member


Joined: Nov 2007
Posts: 157 Threads: 24
 PitchBlack03's Country Flag  View PitchBlack03's 7 photos
Mount Pearl   Newfoundland
PitchBlack03 is on a distinguished road
Default

my wife tried to take the key out of my 03 the other day and had trouble. i find that if the steering wheel is locked against the key you have to take the steering wheel off the lock just a bit and the key moves again.
__________________
Git er done!
PitchBlack03 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Unread 06-29-2009   #4 (permalink)
tripleblack is offline Top Dog

4.6L Member


Joined: Feb 2005
Posts: 6,221 Threads: 740
 tripleblack's Country Flag  View tripleblack's 48 photos
Atlanta   Georgia
tripleblack is on a distinguished road
Default

Worn out ignitions are not limited to any particular car I can name. I've seen this problem in luxury european imports and japanese rice burners as well...

...But its always a pita when it happens. I attribute part of the problems in fords to their unusual, semi-hidden manual lock on some models which has to be lifted out of the way before the car can be unlocked and started. People FORGET about it, and jam the key trying to unlock it, causing eventual problems.

366's advice is spot on. Try the oil.

Some cars that have been in an accident or two require pulling the steering wheel AWAY from the lock while turning the key to relieve stress to allow the ignition to work. I attribute this to distortion of the steering column caused by the impact and/or the deployment of airbags. If you look at your center pad on the steering wheel which covers the air bag and the horn, and it is lop-sided or sits up too high, this is a clear sign.
__________________
tripleblack

"You can never be free until you let yourself go."
tripleblack is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Unread 06-30-2009   #5 (permalink)
joseguervo is offline Rookie

4.6L Member


Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 18 Threads: 7
 joseguervo's Country Flag  View joseguervo's 7 photos
Pascagoula   Mississippi
joseguervo is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks for the advice guys. If it happens again I'll try that. I was semi lucky in that a friend of mine had triple A, so the tow was free. The shop went ahead and drilled out the old cylinder and replaced it with a new one. $270 in parts and labor. Still not happy about it but at least I know what to do next time.
joseguervo is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply   Post New Thread



Thread Tools



Mustang Photos
Mustang Links    Top Sites    RSS    Link To Us    Add to Favorites    Archive    Terms of Use    Site Rules    Privacy    Contact    Sponsors    Advertise   
AllFordMustangs is not affiliated with or endorsed by Ford Motor Company. ©Copyright 2002-2011 All Auto Enthusiasts Network

Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164