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Old 04-05-2009, 09:19 AM
lukeylikadonut lukeylikadonut is offline
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Default Won't Start with the key

I can start my ranger with a screwdriver on the starter solenoid but not with the key. It has a new solenoid and the starter is good. I have power to all the interior but ever thing gets dim when i try to start it. Could it be my battery? Please and Thank You
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Old 05-09-2009, 08:33 PM
RangerJames RangerJames is offline
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Sounds like you need to replace ignition switch on the steering column. The igniton switch is what you insert the key into. It is common for those to go out. I have seen trucks at my work with this same problem and that was the solution. I cant confirm that this will fix your truck cause I cant see it myself. Try replacing the battery first then look into the ignition switch. Hope this helps -James

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Old 08-11-2009, 05:39 PM
Ollie Octopus Ollie Octopus is offline
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1993 Ford Ranger-Replacing the Ignition Lock Cylinder Assembly
Note: You must remove the steering wheel on 1993 & 1994 models. I got my new cylinder re-keyed for $10 at a local full service lock shop.
1. Disconnect battery.
2. Remove steering wheel cover (T-20 Thorax screwdriver).
3. Pull out three-wire plug from steering wheel (it comes out as a unit).
4. Do not waste time; get a steering wheel puller. Back off nut almost all the way, but not off, as it is spring loaded and may pop off on you. (15mm socket)
5. Remove tilt lever (unscrew), remove steering column collar (snaps off), remove instrument panel trim cover (Thorax T-20 screwdriver), remove two screws from the bottom of the steering column shroud (Phillips screwdriver).
6. Insert ignition key and turn to on position (auto transmission trucks, put shift lever in Park).
7. Use a piece of coat hanger several inches long and press it into a hole at the bottom of the column, under where the lock is located, and pull out the assembly.
8. Reverse for installation.
9. Don't start this job until you have the above tools. General instructions are good, but not knowing what sockets and screwdrivers to use cost me a lot of time to go through the learning curve. Be VERY careful with the new lock assembly as it comes apart easily and is hell to get back together properly. It has some small spring loaded pieces in it that can easily be lost. The locksmith told me that the worst thing that you can do is to have a heavy key ring full of key in the ignition switch. I'm a big offender. This is not a big job if you have the right tools and take your time. A few hours should do it, even for a first timer. I hope that this info helps you or someone else.
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Old 08-11-2009, 06:25 PM
98blownranger 98blownranger is offline
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depending on the year just remove the trim around the key, and push in the small ball bearing looking thing, do this with the key in the on and the whole thing will pull out there are no wires to work with.
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Old 06-11-2010, 08:03 PM
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Default Re: Won't Start with the key

need help have a 99 ford ranger XLT tried to install a new key lock cylinder W/ ford's passive anti-theft system but can't get the new key to programed into the computer. What iam i doing wrong. Please help
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Old 06-12-2010, 08:50 AM
Ollie Octopus Ollie Octopus is offline
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Default Re: Won't Start with the key

Buck: Sorry, but I do not have experience with the passive anti-theft system. My Ranger is a 1993. Ollie Octopus
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battery, electrical, start

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