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How do I repair door locks in 98 Ford Ranger? Answered

I have a 98 Ford Ranger, pretty basic. No powered accessories, everything manuel. The passenger door lock won't open with a key and the driver's side door lock works, but you have to jiggle the key in the lock. This takes about 3 minutes before it finally works. I want to fix the problem but I don't want to replace the key. What should I do?

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orksecurity

9 years ago

Talk to a locksmith. Sometimes this is a matter of wear on the key, and recutting the key "by code" back to factory specs will solve it. Sometimes it's just a matter of sticking tumblers inside the lock and an appropriate cleanser/lubricant will solve the problem. (Reminder: NEVER use oil on locks. WD40 is safe but is only a cleanser, not a lube.) Sometimes it's wear on the lock, and rekeying or replacing the lock cylinder is indicated.

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lemonie

9 years ago

You could fit hasps and padlocks instead, but only if you'd be happy to do that to the vehicle? The locks / keys are most likely worn, so they either need to be replaced or not used at all. Why not get a new key - expensive? L