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Jeremy, Certified Diesel Technician/Electrician
Category: Ford
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Experience:  ASE, NATEF Engines and Electrical certified, EPA 608/609
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My 2009 Ford Focus turns on when I turn the key but won't

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My 2009 Ford Focus turns on when I turn the key but won't start unles I push the key in while turning
JA: Can you turn the steering wheel at all? And what about the key? Is it worn or damaged?
Customer: The wheel turns and everything works but the miotor won't turn over the key is a little worn
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Iv replaced the electronic modal directly behind the key tumbler
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: I haven't disconnected the battery at all
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Jeremy replied 3 months ago.

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Sounds like either you need to replace the cylinder itself or the PATS ring is going bad behind the cylinder. I will forewarn, if you unplug that ring or change the cylinder, you will need to program the keys back to the car. It will think you are stealing it and it will shut the PCM down so don't change it until you have a locksmith that can do key programming ready to come out or you are at the Ford dealership ready to do the programming. Otherwise you will pay for a tow and that will make you unhappy.


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Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I took the ignition switch out and saw the actuator pin doesn't push out that far and I had to press real hard for it to work and crank the engine
Expert:  Jeremy replied 3 months ago.

Try lubing it with graphite grease spray to see if it will loosen up for you. Otherwise, it will need to be replaced.