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Old 12-12-2008, 08:53 PM   #1
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Exclamation Original Ford Key no longer/difficult time unlocking doors suddenly???!

Has anyone had this problem? All of a sudden, my key in my 99 ranger will not unlock my doors! It might work if I fidget with it for a while. I almost had to call for a ride home from work because I couldn't get my doors open! Finally my spare that i keep in my wallet managed to catch something in the drivers door....Both keys suddenly hardly work at all anymore at unlocking either door, passenger side will not unlock no matter how hard i try. The only thing I can think of to cause this is if someone tried to pick my locks?? any ideas? what can I do to avoid the Stealership? thanks
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:08 PM   #2
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spray the lock cylinders with graphite to lube them, do not use WD40. try that first. My Dakota did that when it got cold outside.
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:20 PM   #3
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You know, my ranger did the SAME thing. I had to fidget back and forth for about 30 seconds before it would unlock. One day I was pouring some STP oil treatment into the crankcase, and decided to lube the key heavily with it 3 times while inserting it. It didn't feel 'rusty' or 'stuck' but like the key was the wrong key. This, however, fixed the problem permanently(3 months problem free and going)
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:23 PM   #4
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The same thing happens in my 98. It usually will work if i pull it out a little then turn it.
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:24 PM   #5
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try heating the key up with a lighter, that will work for a few days, but lube those lock cylinders ....... Graphite costs like 4.99 at AutoZone and is what is recomended for lubing lock cylinders.
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:33 PM   #6
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Same thing in my 99. I'm actually glad that you asked that and glad to find out that others have the same problem, I felt like a dunce for not being able to unlock my doors lol. Normally I use the remote key but I think I will try some of that graphite stuff.
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Mine did the same thing but it was because my key was majorly worn down. This sounds like a different problem, I would go with oiling it up real good.

If that doesn't work, go though the junk yard testing your key in various doors, then switch over the locks.
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LOL my truck also did that, but like koda my key was very worn out and I had to have a new one made.
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Old 12-13-2008, 01:36 AM   #9
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haha interesting, thanks for the info guys i'll get some of that stuff from autozone tomorrow...the Lighter trick sounds convenient for tomorrow morning
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Yes, I have that problem with my original Ford key... funny thing is, I had a spare key made and it's got more wear on it than my original key, but it works the doors fine. Guess I'll try some graphite lube an see if that makes a difference... it doesn't matter what the weather conditions are, just sometimes the Ford key works, and sometimes I'm standing there fooling with it like I'm trying to break into the truck...
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