Ignition key will not turn

Tiny
DTVGIRL69
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  • 1998 FORD RANGER
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 150,000 MILES
I cannot turn the key, it dings when keys in, but will not move. I tried to move wheel and shifter but still locked. Any ideas?
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Tuesday, December 16th, 2008 AT 3:51 PM

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Tiny
DAVE H
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Try spraying a little WD40 down the lock. Then turn steering wheel left and right while turning the key. This sometimes works. If not you will have to replace the lock tumbler. Here are diagrams to help you do the job Below.

Removal & Installation (With Key)
Disconnect negative battery cable. Set ignition switch to RUN position. Insert an 1/8" drill bit or wire through access hole in trim steering column trim (below lock cylinder). Press retaining pin inward and pull out lock cylinder. To install, lubricate lock cylinder. Turn lock cylinder to RUN position. Press retaining pin inward and insert lock cylinder into housing. To continue installation, reverse removal procedure.

Removal (Without Key)
Use procedure to remove ignition lock cylinder if key is missing or cylinder is frozen. Disconnect negative battery cable. Remove steering wheel. See STEERING WHEEL. Using pliers, twist cap until it separates from ignition lock cylinder.
Using 1/8" drill bit, drill out lock cylinder retaining pin. Using a 3/8" drill bit, drill down the middle of the ignition lock cylinder key slot until ignition switch lock cylinder breaks loose. Remove ignition lock cylinder and clean shavings from lock cylinder housing. Remove bearing retainer, bearing and gear. Carefully inspect housing for damage. Replace housing as necessary.

Installation (Without Key)
Install gear, bearing and retainer. Lubricate cylinder cavity. Rotate lock cylinder to RUN position. Press retaining pin inward and insert new lock cylinder into lock cylinder housing.

Before rotating key to OFF position, ensure cylinder is fully seated and aligned. Use key to rotate cylinder to ensure mechanical operation is okay in all positions.

Check out the diagrams (Below). Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2008 AT 6:57 PM
Tiny
ENDLESS SUMMER
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  • 1998 FORD RANGER
Four cylinder two wheel drive manual.

I lost the keys to my tuck XLT. Ford dealer informed me that it was one year older than they kept key code records for. So I purchased the new switch, began reading the instructions and learned that I had to put it in the "run" position to remove the old switch. Well that was impossible since I did not have the keys!
Next I was told that I would have to drill out the old switch. So I drilled it out. I inserted the new assembly, but it will not spring back from the "start" position. I believe the drill has done too much damage now. I never reconnected the battery to try and start the engine. I feel I need to replace the part below the ignition switch assembly. This is a non-tilt wheel model. I need help!
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Saturday, August 4th, 2018 AT 11:34 AM (Merged)
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Why do you think you did too much damage? Is there something in the steering column that you damaged? As far as the actual switch on the steering column, are you properly attached to the connecting rod that runs to it?
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Saturday, August 4th, 2018 AT 11:34 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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I am not sure if I am connected to the connecting rod. Probably not, because it has no spring action to it at all.

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Steve Heath
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Saturday, August 4th, 2018 AT 11:34 AM (Merged)
Tiny
MYGARD
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  • 1999 FORD RANGER
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • MANUAL
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Steering wheel will not lock when key is out. Ignition will not turn when key is out, but when key is in it turns freely, i.E, no click from on to accessories or start. No connections at all. Sure it is some linkage. Buying a Chilton book to repair myself. Any Advice?

Please and thank you.
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Saturday, August 4th, 2018 AT 11:34 AM (Merged)
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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There is a rod that runs from the tumbler to the ignition switch. If that is broken or disconnected, you will get nothing when turning the key. Is that what is happening?
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Saturday, August 4th, 2018 AT 11:34 AM (Merged)
Tiny
MYGARD
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At the end of ignition is a tab for the key release it broke off. I drilled it out and replaced ignition. Up and running. Thank you!
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Saturday, August 4th, 2018 AT 11:34 AM (Merged)
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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I am glad you got it going. Let us know if you have questions in the future.

Joe
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Saturday, August 4th, 2018 AT 11:34 AM (Merged)
Tiny
MYGARD
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Thank you for your time and help.
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Saturday, August 4th, 2018 AT 11:34 AM (Merged)
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JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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That is why we are here, and I am glad to help. Let us know if you have questions in the future.

Thanks again.

Joe
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Saturday, August 4th, 2018 AT 11:34 AM (Merged)
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SCOTT TUCKER
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  • 2000 FORD RANGER
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  • 4WD
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  • 180,000 MILES
Got the key back and tried to start with no luck.

It is like the security system will not disengage.
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Saturday, August 4th, 2018 AT 11:34 AM (Merged)
Tiny
BLACKOP555
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You are going to want to deactivate the theft system then try to restart it.

I am assuming key still turns and you have not damaged that.
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Saturday, August 4th, 2018 AT 11:34 AM (Merged)
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ALANJH
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Procedure to pull key cylinder.
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Saturday, August 4th, 2018 AT 11:35 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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STEERING COLUMN SWITCHES -2000 Ford Ranger
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LOCK CYLINDER

Removal & Installation

Disconnect negative battery cable. Turn ignition switch to RUN position. Insert an 1/8" drift punch through access hole in steering column trim (below lock cylinder). Using punch, press release tab
inward while pulling out lock cylinder. To install, reverse removal procedure.

2/6/2012
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