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  1. 97escortsportlx

    97escortsportlx FEOA Member

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    I have a 3rd gen escort sport. Just last night I gave my mom my key to make a copy just in case I lose the one I have. Well, she lost my key somehow and I need my car to start so I can go to work. I have searched many sites on how to start my car, I dont want to mess with the wires under the dash. I found something that says I can start my car with a screwdriver. I don't know the steps to drill the lock pins though. Please help
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome to the forums.
    Without a key, wont you have the issue of the steering wheel locking in position?

    Maybe you could send me a 'conversation', and convince me you are really the owner of this car. But there isnt any magic work around, aside from calling a decent locksmith. Our Escorts are pretty easy for a locksmith to make keys for, due to their simplicity.
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    97escortsportlx FEOA Member

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    We found the key, she never brought it with her.
    I do have a question about my radio though. It worked perfectly fine before I switched my battery now it wont come on. I checked all the fuses and none of them are blown. Any ideas what could be the problem
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    With some radios, there is a security feature. If the power to it is disconnected, it wont work again, until a secret code is put in using the numbered station buttons.
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    97escortsportlx FEOA Member

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    Where would I recover this radio code
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    if your car has the factory round(ish) stereo, there is no code. does your interior light work? if it doesn't, then you have a fuse blown (room I believe it's called)
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    I moved this thread to a more applicable section.
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    call a locksmith and provide proof of ownership. wont have to drill anything
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    he found the key.
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    marclar Moderator Staff Member

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    future reference. its gonna be cheaper to call a locksmith than to destroy the tumbler and have to re-key the new cyl to the existing key
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    For future reference, don't trust your mother with your only copy of anything!
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    No the interior light doesn't come on. I checked the fuses but couldn't find one that was blown. I will check again when I get off work, thank you. Also I'm a female lol.
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    The dome light bulbs seem to burn out fairly often on my Escorts. And the switches to turn the light on can be unreliable too.
    My dome lights have a pair of map lights on each side of it; if they still work the fuse is likely okay. The switches to turn the dome lights on are on each door, and are not very reliable themselves. I have had to remove those switches and clean the crud out of them, for the dome light to come on.
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    right, if your dome lights work, you can assume you have power there. unless the switch is set to 'off' you can also assume you have either burnt out bulbs or bad ground comoing from the door switch. try opening another door and see if lights come on.
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    replace the one in the bottom middle (marked "room" on the cover, if it's still there) - it should be a little bit raised compared to the rest of the fuses. it should be a 10 amp fuse.
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    Best way to do it, remove the plastic cover. Take a screw driver or punch and hammer. Little round spring cap on bottom of the ignition, punch that out and good to go. Use any key after that hahaha


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    Okay, I haven't been on here in a while. I just changed every fuse in my box and the ones under hood. Because my car shut off while I was driving. The main fuse ( with the 100) was blown. So radio and interior lights come on. Also got a new fuse checker. Now I have broken one of my spare keys in my ignition and pushed it back past the last tumbler. How can I remove it or get my steering wheel to unlock for good so I can drive it.
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    Can you help with my new question
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    You may need to get a new ignition switch assembly. I think rockauto.com shows them in the section for Escorts called "ignition", and its name is the "keylock cyllinder" - though they also show the entire igniton switch. Thats what I have bought, since I have had Zero succsss in ever getting the keylock cylinder out of the ignition switch.
    With your existing ignition switch; the only way I can imagine you would be able to get a broken off key out of the keylock part, would be to remove it from the car, and strike the fact of the keylock down onto a solid steel surface. Thereby hopefully shaking the broken key out. It is possible a locksmith might be able to dismantle the keylock and cylinder.
    Be aware, the ignition switches for the automatic transmissions is different from those for the manual transmissions.

    To get the ignition switch assembly off, you need to remove the steering column clamshell, and take out the 4 bolts holding the steering column up (12mm socket wrench). Let the column lie in your lap. There are two anti-theft bolts holding the ign switch to the column, which we can give you a couple of schemes to remove.
    I will send you a "conversation" in a little while.
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    What denisond3 said. I've replaced an ignition tumbler assembly, it's not impossible to do but it's tricky, especially the anti theft bolts.

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