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That sound's just like the ignition lock. Its a common problem with escorts.

If you want to check it it's really easy. Take off the covers of the column. the ignition lock is the metal thing you stick the key into. on the end of it there is a plastic connector. This is the actual ignition switch. There is a phillip's head screw toward the back of the switch. Its a little tricky but not hard really. Then you can pull the switch off of the lock. There is this cheesy 1/4 inch shaft that connects the lock to the switch. It is not uncommon for this to break. if this is not broken check the switch. Stick a flat head screwdriver into the slot and turn like the key. the car should act perfectly as if the screwdrive/switch was the key/lock respectively.

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