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Old 02-19-2010
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Disabling PATS system

I just bought an 03 and the dealer only provided me with one key. Is disabling the PATS security system an option?
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There is a way, but I'd recommend you buy a chipped key on eBay for $5 and have the dealer cut and program it for $50-ish (call ahead to get exact price).

Ranger's aren't the most secure vehicles. There's an infamous method for getting a Ranger open in SECONDS. Not good... and combine that with a disabled PATS, you're just asking for trouble IMO.
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Doing a quick search on eBay, the cheapest auction on the first two pages was this:
04-2005-2006-2007-2008-2009 FORD RANGER TRANSPONDER KEY : eBay Motors (item 110466712328 end time Mar-06-10 0425 PST)

$10.68 shipped.


When I bought my '03, it only came with one key as well. But I didn't realize that the second key was inside a box under the dash that feeds the chip signal into the remote starter. I could have saved myself $50 if I took the dash apart BEFORE I went to the dealer to have it programmed.

If you've got a remote starter in the Ranger, there's a chance that the second key is under the steering column. Remove the knee panel and find the remote starter unit and follow it to another aftermarket box.
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Not likely I don't even have electric door locks or cruise control.
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Just for my own knowledge, which year started having PATS? My 99 doesnt have it
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I'd go back to the dealer and demand he give me the spare key at no charge. They can cut and program it for next to nothing (for them) and it should have been with the vehicle.
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I just want to know the infamous way to get into Rangers in seconds... I lock my keys in my truck a lot, lol. PM?
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Ya, just try asking for another key. Have you asked them already?

Also, just look on youtube if you really want to know
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my 96 has it and my work great welli work in stl to thoughgt
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