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Ever since I got the car, the ignition cylinder will turn w/o the key in it. The car won't start w/o the key so it's not that big a deal yet. If I get one from the boneyard (that is, if I find a car w/the key,) can the cylinder be rekeyed to use my key? Is the original cylinder fixable?
 

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If you do a Search, you would see the answerto this question.

The short answer is this.

No, the lock cylinder is not repairable.

Go to the Ford Dealer and buy a new one (was about $50 last time I bought one).

The ignition only uses the first four teeth on the key, and the door locks the rest. Replacement ignition locks from the Ford Dealer only come with the front four positions cut for the ignition lock.

At this point you have two choices:

Either take the new keys to a Competent Locksmith and have the new keys cut with the remainder of the teeth from the old key.

Or, measure the height of the new teeth, and the height of the remaining old teeth (for the doorlock cylinders), and convert those measurements into tooth numbers (teeth are numbered depending on the height). Then find a Competent Locksmith who has a key cutting machine that can cut a key from the numbers.

Since I was looking for precision (and not looking to risk my new ignition keys), I used the phone book to locate a Locksmith with a handheld key cutting machine who cut me new keys from the numbers. Cost me about $10.
 

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How does it turn but not start the car?

If you'd rather not spend $50 you can get a used one as long as you match the sixth position on the key:


I've been meaning to take one apart to see what fails inside but I haven't found a broken one yet.
 

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The black part around the key that you actually use to turn to start the car turns. w/o the key. I don't think the anything is turning inside w/o the key. Example: I can turn it a little bit w/o the key, put the key in but the key wont fit properly, I have to remove the key, return the cylinder to ignition off and then I can fit the key in. Other than that it's OK, starts car with key, can't remove the key while the car is running.
 

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It seems to be a problem on older Fords. There is a metal peg that connects the outer collar with the inner ignition part. That peg breaks so you need a new ignition like gohim said.
 

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OK, so my best bet is to either 1) put up with uit or 2) Run down to ford and get a new cylinder - if they still have them...
 

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If it's not a problem with the actual lock mechanism I'd just leave it unless it's a big nuisance.

All in all, the easiest and cheapest way is to get a lock from the junkyard and have keys made with the ignition lock cut on top and the door locks cut on the bottom. Just have to remember to insert the key the right way.
 

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OK, so my best bet is to either 1) put up with uit or 2) Run down to ford and get a new cylinder - if they still have them...
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They'll still have them, and you can build the new one to use your existing key yourself. It comes with instructions on how to do it.
 
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