The new Ford Fiesta uses the new high-security side-milled lock system that Ford plans to phase in on all of their vehicles worldwide. It also has a transponder system that is essentially the same as other Ford products. It features an easily removable door and ignition lock, but both of these locks have some features that are just plain odd. I had the Fiesta in this photo for three days and had a lot of fun with it, but I sincerely hope that the lock system becomes a little more “locksmith-friendly” before it starts turning up on every Ford.
The Fiesta will be available in three different features and trim levels. The base models, like the one in photo one have a door lock only on the driver’s door and an ignition lock, but no trunk or glove compartment lock. The mid-range Fiesta does not have a door lock but still has an ignition lock. The top of the line Fiesta had not been released by the time I’m writing this, but it will have no door lock and no ignition lock, and will feature push-button starting. I have been assured that the top of the line Fiesta will have an override lock somewhere on the exterior of the vehicle, so it can be unlocked if the battery dies or if there is an electronic problem. The trouble is that no one seems to know where that lock will be.
Part 1 of our Ford Fiesta Servicing Guide appeared in the January 2011 issue of Locksmith Ledger, pages 42-49, and covered car opening and removal and disassembly of the door lock.
Removing the Ignition Lock
The ignition lock on the Fiesta is mounted in the steering column in a more or less traditional manner (Photo 44). It uses an active retainer and it must be turned to the #1 position (Accessory) in order to be removed. In order to gain access to the retainer, you will need to remove the plastic steering column shroud.
On the left hand side of the column is a very large tilt control lever. As you work the shroud off the column, it will be necessary to use this to change the position of the column so you can get to all of the fasteners easily. (Photo 45)
On the underside of the column there is just one screw, indicated by the arrow that secures the lower portion of the shroud. (Photo 46) It will help to tilt the column as far up as possible to remove this screw.
There are two more screws securing the upper portion of the shroud, but they are located behind the steering wheel, and the wheel will have to be turned in order to loosen both screws. Fortunately, the steering wheel on the Fiesta does not appear to lock. I was able to turn the wheel from lock to lock with the key out of the ignition. (Photo 47)
The wheel must be turned in the opposite direction to remove the screw on the other side of the steering column. After these two screws have been removed the top portion of the shroud can be lifted up, shown in photo 48.
It is not necessary to remove the upper portion of the shroud, but you will have to pull it up in order to release the lower portion of the shroud. (Photo 49)
With the upper portion of the shroud out of the way, you can see the two lugs on the lower portion that the screws went through (Photo 50). These lugs fit over two posts on the switch assembly and pulling the lower portion away from the dash will release the lower portion of the shroud.
Flip the tilt control lever down and carefully work the lower portion of the shroud over the face of the ignition lock and then remove the bottom of the shroud. (Photo 51)
Once the lower portion of the shroud is free, put it in a safe place while you finish the job (Photo 52).
With the shroud out of the way, photo 53 shows the transceiver ring that surrounds the face of the lock. This device is the heart of the transponder system, which is standard equipment on the Fiesta. Because of a lip on the face of the lock, it will be necessary to remove the transceiver ring before you remove the lock.
The new Ford Fiesta uses the new high-security side-milled lock system that Ford plans to phase in worldwide. It also has a transponder system that is essentially the same as other Ford products.
All four use the GM Z-Keyway system and the “Circle Plus” transponder system. All can be programmed with the standard GM on-board programming procedure, which takes 30 minutes.