starting a ford ranger with no key


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I am trying to buy this 90 ford ranger for parts but they lost the keys and I want to find out if there is a way to start it without the key?
 


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Open up the steering column trim, take the switch off the column (this does require a security torx bit) and then push the little notch all the way forward.
 

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Start it or drive it?

Assuming 2.9l engine with TFI ignition
Run wire from + battery to + on coil, you should hear EEC relay click when you do this, also fuel pump should come on for 2 seconds

MAKE SURE trans is in PARK or NEUTRAL!!!

Use screwdriver to jump solenoid for starter motor, or jumper wire from + battery to "S" on solenoid(the small terminal)

Steering wheel would still be locked
 
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Start it or drive it?

Assuming 2.9l engine with TFI ignition
Run wire from + battery to + on coil, you should hear EEC relay click when you do this, also fuel pump should come on for 2 seconds

MAKE SURE trans is in PARK or NEUTRAL!!!

Use screwdriver to jump solenoid for starter motor, or jumper wire from + battery to "S" on solenoid(the small terminal)

Steering wheel would still be locked
That sounds like a lot of work when you can just pop the ignition switch off and flip it.


Also, I don't think that will power up the ignition system. The TFI powers up off the ignition switch, not the EEC relay.
 
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:icon_idea: Take bottom trim off steering column, try to take a small drill bit and drill the locking pin out of the tumbler set, buy the tumbler set for $14, slide it in, and your good to go. Its better to do something the right way than have to fix it again in the future.
 

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That sounds like a lot of work when you can just pop the ignition switch off and flip it.


Also, I don't think that will power up the ignition system. The TFI powers up off the ignition switch, not the EEC relay.
According to electrical diagrams the key powers a bus with the + coil as part of it, so putting power to the + coil should power the TFI and also the EEC relay for the PCM and fuel injection.
That was just the easiest place I saw that was also easy to find.

But I agree if you can pop the key switch then that would be better.
 

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You all make things way to complicated...

Find a key of the same style.
Insert it into the ignition.
Grab key and tumbler ears with medium sized channel-locks.
With one quick motion, turn it on.

Congrats you just broke the tumbler, now do whatever you want.

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According to electrical diagrams the key powers a bus with the + coil as part of it, so putting power to the + coil should power the TFI and also the EEC relay for the PCM and fuel injection.
That was just the easiest place I saw that was also easy to find.

But I agree if you can pop the key switch then that would be better.
I never looked at the big running block diagram. I've only ever looked at the systems in isolation, but I suppose that would make sense. It all comes back to two wires on one pin at the switch, so anything with key-switched power should be able to be powered up by putting power to any one point on the line.


You all make things way to complicated...

Find a key of the same style.
Insert it into the ignition.
Grab key and tumbler ears with medium sized channel-locks.
With one quick motion, turn it on.

Congrats you just broke the tumbler, now do whatever you want.

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That sounds like effort. I much prefer what I did with my truck, which is to just wear the cylinder out so bad that it turns without the key most of the time.
 

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That sounds like effort. I much prefer what I did with my truck, which is to just wear the cylinder out so bad that it turns without the key most of the time.[/QUOTE]

Just started the Rat today without the key. 4 out 5 of my Grand Wagoneers didnt need a key. The lock was a GM part from the 50s :D

PS , if you get the dash lights going , you have jumped it correctly and crossing the solenoid will start the engine.
 
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Go to the junkyard and swipe all the Ford keys you can find...one of them will probably start the truck without having to go through all the rigamarole of jumping and crossing wires...anything prior to when they introduced security locks...

I'm almost willing to bet that my keys will start your truck...almost...lol
 


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