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Lost Ignition keys!!!

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by cantspell, December 17, 2009.

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    1. cantspell

      cantspell Active Member

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      Hi there,
      (and yes i've searched)

      I've lost my ignition key...what are my options. I do have the anti-theft chip, however i never lock my doors as the locks no longer work...lol

      To be honest i almost never drive the truck, i'd be happy if there was a way to hook up a remote start or start button....sigh...
       
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    3. sebringR/T

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      I think you are SOL without your key. Pretty sure you would need a whole new ignition tumbler, etc.
       
    4. gijoecam

      gijoecam Village Idiot Elite Explorer

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      You will need two new keys cut to the original key code (if you have the little tag that came with them) or two new keys with a new ignition tumbler and the door/tailgate tumblers keyed to match, as well as a locksmith or dealer to install the ignition tumbler and reprogram the new ones to the PATS module.... In other words: This one is gonna suck.

      Good luck!
       
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      I don't think there is anything special about getting a key cut.... just take off a lock from the door or tail gate ... which ever you find easier.... any lock smith that does autos (most good ones) can match a key to an existing tumbler / lock ... once its in his hands. The problem is that you will need to get them programmed. That programming might need at least one "original key"... but I doubt it although a dealer might tell you other wise for $$$ reasons maybe. The programmability is / has to be done thru a "special enabled scanner" that again most "good" locksmith have but do charge a "bit" but a bit less than the dealer.... my experience BUT I have heard of some "good" dealers that are competitive in the "key market" so call around.
       
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      If it's a proper PATS programming-capable system it will not require any special keys. Be sure they delete the old keys from the system as well. Two pre-programmed and working keys (not necessarily the originals) are necessary for an owner to program a third (or more), but when using the scanner/programmer, it makes no difference.
       

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