I have a Ford Escape, 2008, Hybrid. The problem is:
When turning the key, it is very hard to start the vehicle.
This is progressive problem,
In the past, pushing in the key firmly would start the engine
. As time went on, the problem became worse. The ignition switch has been replaced with a genuine Ford part.
The problem was better but not fixed.
Now, it is almost impossible to start the vehicle. No amount of pushing the key in, wiggling and twisting helps. The engine will start after 10-20 minutes of trying.
The problem seems to be in the “linkage” between the key cylinder and the switch.
What is your opinion on how to fix the issue or is this a dealer only fix?