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Old 08-07-2010, 11:12 PM
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Can't get my key-in-ignition warning to stop beeping, even with the key out! Help!

My sister has a 2001 Ranger, ext. cab, V6, 4.0, 4x4, auto.

Whenever I open the door to leave, the truck does its beep-beep-beep sound (as if I left the key is in the ignition), even when the key is out.

I know this is a rather common problem on Fords, as it happens to both my buddy's 93 Ranger and my 90 F250, except on those I can usually jiggle the ignition and it'll stop.

However, on my sister's 01 Ranger, I cannot get it to stop beeping whenever I open the door.

I don't want to completely disable this function, but I'd just like for it to work properly. What can I check here, or what should I clean/replace?


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Some folks have had success with a little WD-40 on the ignition key & insert it a number of times to work the WD-40 in.
Others have used a spritz of WD-40, or something like CRC QD electronic spray cleaner right into the tumblers, then work the key in & out.
Others have removed the top steering post trim & gone after dirt, or corrosion that way.

Anyway your right, the problem is likely dirt or corrosion in the ignition lock cylinder, or it's attached key activated switch.

Let us know how it goes.
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Look into the slot that the keys gos into with a light. There may be a very small piece of sheet metal that will some time come off the inside of the tumbler. It will make this happen. Take a small wire and make a hook to pick it out of the tumbler. I used a small 1/16" welding wire. Hope this helps let us know.
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Just take the tumbler out.

Put the key in and turn to RUN (DO NOT START)

Underneath the tumbler will be a hole where you place an awl (or similar) to push the detent in and then you pull the whole tumbler out. You may have to remove the steering column trim piece to get to the detent hole.

Once removed you can rotate the key and remove it. Put it in and out and you will see the piece of metal that pops up when the key is insert. This piece of metal grounds to the inside where the tumbler goes and activates the buzzer.

This piece could be dirty. Clean with electrical contact cleaner and lubricate with some dialectic grease.

Or you could just spray the whole thing down with WD-40, let it drip dry, wipe off and reinsert. Make sure you turn it back to RUN prior to reinstalling it. And wipe down the inside where the tumbler goes before you put it back in.
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