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Old 06-14-2018, 09:25 PM   #1
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Default 96 Ranger 2.3 - ignition switch problems...

I just bought a used 96 Ranger 2.3 4x4 about a week ago and the first problem that I had with it is that the ignition switch cylinder is so wore out that you can start the truck without the key.

I bought a fairly expensive one at NAPA Auto Parts and right out the box it works fine, everything lines up like its supposed to and the key comes out when it should, the problem started after I installed it.

With the switch in the RUN position it went right in like it was supposed to and after rotating the key back and forth it locked itself in, it starts the engine and then shuts it back off, but it will not rotate back far enough to get itself to the unlock position so that the key will come out.

I don't think I've done anything wrong with replacing it I think there is something else wrong further down the line and whatever the end of the lock rotates and moves is having a problem somewhere else, any suggestions?
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Old 06-14-2018, 10:16 PM   #2
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I just bought a used 96 Ranger 2.3 4x4 about a week ago and the first problem that I had with it is that the ignition switch cylinder is so wore out that you can start the truck without the key.

I bought a fairly expensive one at NAPA Auto Parts and right out the box it works fine, everything lines up like its supposed to and the key comes out when it should, the problem started after I installed it.

With the switch in the RUN position it went right in like it was supposed to and after rotating the key back and forth it locked itself in, it starts the engine and then shuts it back off, but it will not rotate back far enough to get itself to the unlock position so that the key will come out.

I don't think I've done anything wrong with replacing it I think there is something else wrong further down the line and whatever the end of the lock rotates and moves is having a problem somewhere else, any suggestions?
Never mind... things always start working again after you ask for help.

I forgot to mention that the little lever that you pull back on to release the key would barely move when you pulled on it, I think the switch has been worn out for so long that no one has used that lever in years and something was just stuck.

It works fine now, I'm glad that I didn't have to take the actuator out.
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Old 06-15-2018, 10:46 AM   #3
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Glad you got it fixed

Not an uncommon issue with the Rangers ignition key switch
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I bought my ranger at a police auction and it only came with a hand cut key for the ignition. Went to autozone to pick up locks for the doors and the ignition and noticed that the keys were both square. Had them bring out a bunch of sets of locks and actually found an ignition cylinder and door locks that take the same key! Sort of, the door key will start the truck but the key that came with the ignition cylinder won't unlock the doors.
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