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Old 01-13-2012, 09:01 PM
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Just bought a 99 XLT SuperCab from my father-in-law. He gave me the original keys with Ford on the fob. It has the capability of locking and unlocking the doors wirelessly. Do these keys have a chip in them for starting the engine? The keys will not physically unlock the doors. It's almost as if they were never keyed for the truck. They slip in, but do not turn. Does this truck have a master key and a valet key like some autos? I'm puzzled.

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Old 01-13-2012, 09:04 PM
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thats weird! were the doors changed? because fobs can be programmed easily but not keys (since it has to be metal die)
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Old 01-14-2012, 03:39 PM
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No, the doors are original. I sprayed a little WD-40 into them to see if maybe they were corroded a little. They don't turn at all. It just feels like they were never keyed properly. I couldn't think of a reason there would be a valet and master key.
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Old 01-14-2012, 03:51 PM
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I bet what happened is your F-I-L never used actual keys to unlock the doors. He always used the remote. If you don't use the lock cylinders and don't lube them, the pins can lockup especially if its cold out. Mine do the same thing in the winter, but in the summer I can use the actual locks and they work, (most of the time).

If you can, shoot some powder graphite into the lock and work the key in it. this has worked for me when needed and the areosol products don't do the trick. Not guaranteeing this will work, but its something to try.
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Old 01-18-2012, 05:16 AM
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Well, no luck with the graphite. Yep, my father-in-law always used the remote. The pins must be really fused. I plan to run it by a locksmith and see what they say. If I have to remove the door panels then I might as well replace the factory speakers. At least that's what I'm telling my wife as to my rationale.
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Old 01-18-2012, 05:36 AM
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I bet they are locked up pretty good! I use nothing but my key and in the winter sometimes, the lock gives me a fit
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:30 PM
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Hi guys. I just joined FRF and recently bought a 2009 Ranger Spot manual 4.0L 6 cyl. It doesn't have remote locks, but I am having the same problem now that it is winter. I put the key in and it feels like it just isn't supposed to open that door. It takes me a while to get it to work sometimes. This is on both doors. It only seems to happen when it is cold outside. I used WD40, but once it got cold out again, same thing. Stuck. Like I said though, it has always been unlocked using a key. No remote. Any ideas? Ha.
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:54 PM
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Well, I now have one working. It took some Liquid Wrench and a bit of jiggling. I shot the LW into both locks and came back in a few hours. The passenger door works, but the driver's side is still stuck. I'll play with it some more tomorrow when it warms up. Those pins must have been really corroded. I plan to use graphite as a maintenance item to keep things moving.
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Old 01-20-2012, 06:11 PM
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I'm having no luck with lubricant. Where do you get the powder graphite?
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Old 01-20-2012, 07:06 PM
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An auto parts store or a hardware store should have the graphite. Some places also sell a liquid graphite that might be better suited for your needs at the moment. It's basically a light lubricant with graphite mixed in with it.
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:46 AM
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Lowe's or Home Depot has it in the hardware section where they cut keys. A locksmith shop would probably have it too. Sears might have it.
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:51 AM
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omg went out and tryed my keys for this first time and my passenger door was hard as hell to unlock then my driver door didnt even unlock.....
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:33 PM
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Well, I got the graphite and it looks like I still have the problem. But only when it is cold. Since I just bought the truck a little over a month ago, I am going to call the dealership and take it in. I don't have auto locks so I need the keys to work. Thanks for the input everyone.

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Old 01-25-2012, 11:51 AM
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Mine finally works. After PB Blaster and Liquid Wrench it finally gave in and succumbed to my threats of removing it and going to a locksmith. It took 4 days for the driver side to finally work. I sprayed it in, waited a day, and would jiggle. A mechanic told me they saw a locksmith use a pair of Vise Grips on the key to hold it and then turn it quickly to break the corrosion. Not sure I want to try that myself. I'm sure I would leave most of the key in the lock.
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:19 AM
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One thing that might work, if it's really cold outside and the normally-OK lock wont work, is go flic-your-bic and heat up the metal part of the key a little. Then quickly try it before it cools down - if the pins are frozen (they're small, so just a little dampness when frozen will make 'em stick) the hot key will thaw 'em out enough to work.

After that, maybe a little WD40 (That's what WD40 is used for - WD means Water Displacement - it's not really a lubricant.) might help get rid of the moisture.
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