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Old 03-17-2007, 03:35 PM   #1
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LOST KEYS TO BRONCO WHAT TO DO!?

I have two lil children, and my lil boy loves keys to paly with. He got ahold of my Bronco keys and we cannot find them around the house. Probably tossed them in the garbage, blah blah blah,...

point is, i've called several locksmiths in the Cincinnati area and all of them told me I have to "drill" the ignition out and replace and they would not do that.
So I'm thinking,...is it possible to get into the column, bypass the use of the stock ignition, and put in a on/off switch to start the truck with? Basically hotwiring the truck instead of using a key. OR even better, somehow i can get a ket made without an original. Any ideas will be helpful folks
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I can stick just about any key in the ignition and it will start. Try a similarly sized key and try it out.
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Old 03-17-2007, 03:46 PM   #3
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No, if you can't get a key, I'm pretty sure drilling it out is the only option, because your steering is locked.

Are you saying the locksmiths you called, can't make you a key? Are they stupid? It will cost you, but it can be done.
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Old 03-17-2007, 03:48 PM   #4
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If by some fluke you know where the truck was originally sold, the dealer's used to carry the spare cut codes for making spares. There is a SLIM chance they still have a record of it.
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Old 03-17-2007, 03:49 PM   #5
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On mine ('96) the door key and ignition are the same. Any locksmith with half a brain can pull the door cylinder and make a new key. I had one made for my rear window that way. He came to my office, took out the cylinder, made a new key, put it all back together in < 30 mins for $70.

PS. after you get it made, splurge for the $1.29 and get some spares!
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Old 03-17-2007, 04:01 PM   #6
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On mine ('96) the door key and ignition are the same. Any locksmith with half a brain can pull the door cylinder and make a new key.
No go, the pre '92's door keys match the tailgate's round key. Get's confusing switchin' between drivin' the '88 and '92, as I never seem to have the right shaped one in hand.

Anyway, sounds like you need a better locksmith. There is a lot goin' on with the ignition switch to just bypass it with a switch.

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I bought a steering column at the junkyard without a key and took the column to a locksmith and had him make me a key cost $20. but that was yrs ago
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Old 03-17-2007, 04:35 PM   #8
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I have two lil children, and my lil boy loves keys to paly with. He got ahold of my Bronco keys and we cannot find them around the house. Probably tossed them in the garbage, blah blah blah,...

point is, i've called several locksmiths in the Cincinnati area and all of them told me I have to "drill" the ignition out and replace and they would not do that.
So I'm thinking,...is it possible to get into the column, bypass the use of the stock ignition, and put in a on/off switch to start the truck with? Basically hotwiring the truck instead of using a key. OR even better, somehow i can get a ket made without an original. Any ideas will be helpful folks
Thanks in advance.
I lost my keys for my 91 F150 and this is what i did, I took the steering wheel of and used a flat blade screw driver and vise grips to turn the cylinder in the run position, lock is trashed after that point , but look at a hayes manual section 12-6(in the blue copy) and follow directions to remove cylinder. But the key has to be in the run position to remove it!!!!!!!! The lock cylinder was like 8.99 at Advance auto but that was a couple of years ago
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Old 03-17-2007, 04:47 PM   #9
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I grabbed mine with a pair of chanellocks and broke the lock in it, I drove around with out keys untill a year ago.
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Old 03-18-2007, 12:08 AM   #10
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..if I dont turn my ignition back far enough...I dont even need a key to start my truck, I know ford dealerships can replace the keys because I lost mine a while back but they want like $90 because they have to reprogram some bs to make it work! Fortunately I found them first and promply got a spare made... good luck man!
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Old 03-18-2007, 12:59 AM   #11
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As I've mentioned before, I haven't owned a vehicle in years that I haven't had at least 6 copies of the keys for. Keys are a whole lot cheaper than replacing cylinders and all that hassle.

You'll probably end up drilling it out.
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Old 03-18-2007, 01:46 AM   #12
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find a locksmith that also repossess cars. I have witnessed a repossession in 3 mins with no tow-trucks or keys. The guy picked mid 90's the ford-based motor home door in less than a min, and made a key for the ignition with snippers in two mins. Call around to every locksmith in the area and tell him you need a key made for the ignition on the spot. A good locksmith can make a key by looking at the marks the cylinder makes on a blank.
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Old 03-18-2007, 02:55 PM   #13
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Do you still have the plastic folder in the glove box that has the owners manual in it? Mine had three metal tags in it as well. I didn't know what they were until people here told me - one for the vin, and one each for the key codes.
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Old 03-18-2007, 04:18 PM   #14
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A good locksmith can make a key by looking at the marks the cylinder makes on a blank.
Yep, my dad had a key punched just like that for his old F-100. Locksmith was an old timer that came out with a quick punch tool, stuck the blank into the ignition, put it in the puncher, and had the key done in maybe 2 minutes.
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Old 03-18-2007, 04:31 PM   #15
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you could always see if the dealership can look up your codes with the vin

i've drilled ignitions before but i really don't reccomend it, it's kind of a PITA. take your time get the bit straight so you don't ruin other stuff, you'll have to pop off the chrome wing type part drill it till you can get a screwdriver to catch and turn it. then remove the cylinder and get a new one to pop in there
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Old 03-18-2007, 04:39 PM   #16
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Sucks that you lost your keys though man
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Old 03-18-2007, 10:33 PM   #17
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you've got an 85? im guess from your info.

if so you can just take the colum cover apart and pull out the long white slide switch. use a flathead to push it all the way over to start and release and its in run. Steering will be unlock. This trick works on prettymuch all fords from 91 back i think. this way you don't have to drill the ignition out....never really heard of that.

when you get the time go to the dealership with your vin and proof of ownership. they can cut you a new key, or at least give you the the #'s for it.

I've done all the above before, should work fine
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Old 03-19-2007, 12:08 AM   #18
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cost me $100 to have keys made for my car and it took about 25 min. On a weekend. I found my keys the nest day in my pocket
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cant you get a new tumbler? thats what i did with my 80 bronco and its a new key.
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Old 03-19-2007, 12:32 AM   #20
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you've got an 85? im guess from your info.

if so you can just take the colum cover apart and pull out the long white slide switch. use a flathead to push it all the way over to start and release and its in run. Steering will be unlock.
yep, and if you can't get it into start, you can jump the starter relay under the hood when it is in run.
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