lost keys, drilling security button under ignition

Discussion in '1998 - 2011 Ford Ranger' started by smak, Mar 6, 2019.

  1. smak

    smak New Member

    has anyone used this method successfully?

    I have drilled the button out under the ignition to the extent the remaining outline or crescent remaining fell out.

    it's quite clearly gone when looking up through in there but I still cant remove the ignition.. does it have to be in a position other than lock to actually pull the unit out?

    the instructions on this forum claim you can depress the button and remove the whole unit right from the lock ignition position but that was not the case with my 07 ranger sport.
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  3. OP

    smak New Member

    heres whats going on.. should I be able to brute force the cyl in the on position if its going to be thrown away anyhow? or will that ruin the housing..

    should I be able to brute force it straight out?

    maybe since I drilled the button out the tab that was connected to it is now extending up into the gap and stopping it from coming out, in which case like a dentists pick tool would be handy?

    any ideas how to proceed? i'd really like to avoid drilling through the keyway to nuke the tumblers.

  4. DeanMk

    DeanMk Member

    What was so wrong with a phillips head screw securing a ring or keeper to hold the lock in place?! :mad:
    If the lock is still usable, have you tried contacting a Ford dealership to see about getting replacement keys?
    Make/Model/Year/VIN # should be all you need.

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