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My ignition cylinder in my Ford Focus won't turn with the key in, is there anything I can do without bringing it to the dealer? Can a regular Locksmith or possibly myself fix this problem?

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Laurie Sarno, Co-Owner at Super Girls Auto Hello Jessica- the 1st thing you should try is turning the steering wheel back & forth while turning the key to see if it is binding- if this does not work try spraying the key & the lock cylinder with graphite lock lubricant (available at most hardware stores)-if it still does not work any reputable locksmith will be able to repair it without taking it to the dealer- hope this helps- thanks Super Girls Auto.

Pat Fleischmann, Director of First Impressions at Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair Jessica, My suggestion is always leave the work to a professional. First off, who has diagnosed this issue in the first place? Once into the project and it IS the ignition cylinder,you really NEED to know what to look for and how to do it! You can take it to a trusted mechanic with limited down time & cost. Locksmiths are great, but they may not want the liability. Remember, before opening this up, IF you can't fix it,it could cost you in the long run...Good Luck!

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