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Don’t assume the ignition key will unlock the doors, or you may be locked out. #5340925 02/04/20 02:34 PM
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Bought a nice ’99 Taurus at auction and locked it up by pressing down the knobs in each door. The battery was dead so the remote wouldn’t work. When I come back to pick it up, the keys wouldn’t work in any of the locks. [censored]! It took one of the guys there 20 minutes to get it unlocked by lifting the knob with a bent hook thing.

Anyway, I’m considering my DIY options for having a (hopefully all) locks working. No I’m not paying locksmith rates on a 20 year old car. The key works the ignition and folding 3rd seat lock (it’s a wagon) and not the two door or tailgate locks. If I had the key code for the door locks I could have a key cut for a few bucks but the Ford dealer said they only have codes back for 10 years. I guess the other option is to remove the door and tailgate locks and rearrange the tumblers to fit the ignition key. Any other low cost option I overlooked?

Re: Don’t assume the ignition key will unlock the doors, or you may be locked out. [Re: atikovi] #5340928 02/04/20 02:37 PM
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Pop the cylinder out of the driver's door and take it to a locksmith to have it keyed. My guess is the ignition was replaced and the door key didn't make it to the auction. I don't believe that lock in the seat is keyed.


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Re: Don’t assume the ignition key will unlock the doors, or you may be locked out. [Re: atikovi] #5340940 02/04/20 02:53 PM
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Ford had 2 keys awhile ago. One with a squarish head for ignition and one with a roundish head for doors. Other car companies also. People can also get a replacement ignition lock and it will be different than doors.

You must be young. The old people know this.


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Re: Don’t assume the ignition key will unlock the doors, or you may be locked out. [Re: atikovi] #5340945 02/04/20 02:55 PM
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I'll pull the door lock and report back.

Re: Don’t assume the ignition key will unlock the doors, or you may be locked out. [Re: atikovi] #5340950 02/04/20 03:04 PM
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Spray some penetrant in the locks and try the key a few times. Exterior Ford lock cylinders from that era tend to stick when not used often.

Almost every '90s Ranger/Explorer/F-series with power locks I have encountered, the lock cylinders are stuck. This always fixes it.

Re: Don’t assume the ignition key will unlock the doors, or you may be locked out. [Re: Donald] #5340953 02/04/20 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Donald
Ford had 2 keys awhile ago. One with a squarish head for ignition and one with a roundish head for doors. Other car companies also. People can also get a replacement ignition lock and it will be different than doors.

You must be young. The old people know this.


Yes, but in '99 I doubt there were two different keys.


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Re: Don’t assume the ignition key will unlock the doors, or you may be locked out. [Re: atikovi] #5340970 02/04/20 03:27 PM
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Door locks are a breeze to pull out on those. Have it keyed.


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Re: Don’t assume the ignition key will unlock the doors, or you may be locked out. [Re: getawheel] #5340993 02/04/20 03:56 PM
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Originally Posted by getawheel
Spray some penetrant in the locks and try the key a few times. Exterior Ford lock cylinders from that era tend to stick when not used often.

Almost every '90s Ranger/Explorer/F-series with power locks I have encountered, the lock cylinders are stuck. This always fixes it.


Guy is a genius. Sprayed WD40 into the locks and all three are working fine. Thanks!

Re: Don’t assume the ignition key will unlock the doors, or you may be locked out. [Re: atikovi] #5341023 02/04/20 04:34 PM
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Back in the day, Ford had a square ignition key and a round door key. Later on they went to the larger key with the black plastic portion where the ring goes into. Models with the larger black plastic key should have just one key. Its possible it was stolen and the ignition cylinder was replaced in the past.


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Re: Don’t assume the ignition key will unlock the doors, or you may be locked out. [Re: atikovi] #5341045 02/04/20 04:51 PM
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Good choice on WD40,on most fords of that era, the dome light switch is on the door hasp assembly, anything that doesn't evaporate quickly will gum up the switch causing the light to stay on.

Re: Don’t assume the ignition key will unlock the doors, or you may be locked out. [Re: atikovi] #5341077 02/04/20 05:28 PM
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I know the trucks were using two different keys into the 90's.


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Re: Don’t assume the ignition key will unlock the doors, or you may be locked out. [Re: atikovi] #5341139 02/04/20 06:22 PM
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Originally Posted by atikovi
Originally Posted by getawheel
Spray some penetrant in the locks and try the key a few times. Exterior Ford lock cylinders from that era tend to stick when not used often.

Almost every '90s Ranger/Explorer/F-series with power locks I have encountered, the lock cylinders are stuck. This always fixes it.


Guy is a genius. Sprayed WD40 into the locks and all three are working fine. Thanks!


I would bet it was originally equipped with keyless entry and they hardly ever used the key in the doors.

I have a friend who is a locksmith, primarily automotive, and he swears by WD40 in lock cylinders. I asked about graphite, and he said it gunks them up.


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Re: Don’t assume the ignition key will unlock the doors, or you may be locked out. [Re: sloinker] #5341149 02/04/20 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by sloinker
I know the trucks were using two different keys into the 90's.


Only until about '91 or so, but a lot of them now have two keys because the cylinders were still janky until 96-97 or so.

My 94 Ranger was originally a single key, but the ignition cylinder has been replaced and the key codes are too far apart to make one key work. My 94 Explorer amazingly has all original cylinders and one key works all of them.


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Re: Don’t assume the ignition key will unlock the doors, or you may be locked out. [Re: 01rangerxl] #5341185 02/04/20 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by 01rangerxl
Originally Posted by sloinker
I know the trucks were using two different keys into the 90's.


Only until about '91 or so, but a lot of them now have two keys because the cylinders were still janky until 96-97 or so.

My 94 Ranger was originally a single key, but the ignition cylinder has been replaced and the key codes are too far apart to make one key work. My 94 Explorer amazingly has all original cylinders and one key works all of them.


You also see 2 because some of the aftermarket ignition cylinders come with their own keys on the 8 cut ones. On the 10 cut keys, the new ignition cylinders come with keys half cut with 1 cut shared on the door keys. Then a competent parts person traces the other half. On the 8 cut keys, like OP, the ignition cylinders from Ford don't come with keys, you build the cylinder to the existing key. I have found a lot of times that a key cut by code instead of traced, will magically make a stuck cylinder work again. But Ford only provides key codes to dealers currently for 2010+MY vehicles. I measure the cuts and use my decoder book to get the key cut code.


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Re: Don’t assume the ignition key will unlock the doors, or you may be locked out. [Re: atikovi] #5341221 02/04/20 07:34 PM
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I think the ignition key on my 94 Ranger is one of those half cut keys, so maybe it can be made single key again.


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