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Old 07-20-2011, 03:12 PM
BerniniCaCO3 BerniniCaCO3 is offline
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I only have 1 key left on my 1999 ford ranger.
As I recall, I think it was $100+ @ the dealer.

Just stopped by Ace and they said they could program a new one for $85,
so then, I looked online, and turns out H72 style blanks sell for just $8 online!

Is this something I can program myself?
If so, mind pointing me to an old thread or how-to website to do it?

I'm hijacking my own thread here, but quick question that doesn't warrant a thread: I just checked, and it's time to do my front brakes. No audible squealing yet, but one pad is down to like 1.5mm in front.
I didn't open up the rear drums. I'm not the original owner; honestly I have no idea when the brakes were last done. The original owner is a friend, but he won't remember.

At 70,000 miles, is it worth looking at the rear brakes? I know rear drums can last for a very long time, especially if the pickup rarely has had much load in back, which is the case-- mostly a commuter car + hauling a saturday a month sortof vehicle.

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Old 07-20-2011, 03:29 PM
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Programming for a new PATS key when you only have one can only be done with a professional level tool as used at a dealer or locksmith. For obvious security reasons, programming of a new PATS key at home requires a minimum of two currently recognized keys.

Ranger rear brakes can develop problems long before they wear out, especially in areas where road salt is used. I'd pull them apart for inspection.
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:55 PM
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In my ranger at about 70k i replaced fronts and rears... probably a good idea to check out the brakes as well, and my ranger was driven by my older aunt and garage kept from new and everything inside the drum was replaced because of corrosion from the salt.
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:02 PM
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Ah, OK. Hmm, wonder if I can still save by buying the key blank online and paying a locksmith to program (and of course cut!) the key.
What sort of professional electronics is required to do a PATS key?
A friend works at a toyota dealership, any chance...? (I'm thinking, probably not, since they'll just have the proprietary toyota software).

Yeah, MD isn't known to be good for rust. I'd just thought, since it's all enclosed inside that drum.... But since you mention it, we've got an '03 trailblazer where all the power steering lines rotted out and the power steering fluid cooler was red mush like something off the titanic. Just a matter of time before we do trans cooler lines or hard brake lines on it too :-)

I'll do the front brakes one day, and check the rear drums; if they need work, buy the needed parts and do them the next afternoon.

The front rotors, with that ABS hub in the middle I think? Does that pop right out, or if I get new rotors, do I need to get the assembly? The latter is almost twice the price, $100-$120 for the pair; or $65 for a pair of straight up rotors. I'll need to double check what's on this car; looks like there are a few options in diameter and depending on whether I've got springs or a torsion bar up front. It's 4x4, so probably torsion bar.
Alternatively I could turn them for free-- I'll need to measure and see how much meat is left anyway, or if it's even worth the trouble in these rusty climes and brandy new is a much better way to go.
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