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replacement key lost only one

Just called a dealer and was told they can't make me a key for my 2000 ranger xlt HELP
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Just called a dealer and was told they can't make me a key for my 2000 ranger xlt HELP
Why not?!

I assume you have a PATS key (The one on the left)?



I would call a different one. They are the only place that can actually get you an additional PATS key with a unique code to start your truck. They 'wipe' all the existing PATS information out & provide a new setup.

In addition 'big box' type stores can create you a 'clone' if you only have one working PATS key.

This clone will start your truck just fine...but:

The downfall of this clone is that it will have the exact same ID # as the original - Meaning, they cannot be used to create a new third key on your own because the PATS system doesn't see it as a unique key at all.

You need two unique key id's in order to make additional ones on your own (up to 8 total keys).

Recap:
2nd Key from the Dealer = $130ish charge = One time. Programming additional keys = Free yourself from then on.
2nd Key from the Store = $50ish charge = Every time. Programming additional keys = Can't yourself.

People think the keys from the 'big box stores' are a better deal (since they are initially cheaper) - but in the long run, they really aren't at all.

It's apples to oranges.

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Your username intrigues me. What does that name come from.

My last name is Quade is why I ask
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I was under the impression you could program your own spares. You had to put it in and turn it then take it out, put the original in and wait for lights to flash then put spare in or something.
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I was under the impression you could program your own spares.
You can - but you need two working & unique PATS keys in addition to the ones you want programmed.

You can have up to 8 (I believe).

Here is the specific process if you have two working & unique (aka - 'non-cloned') PATS keys: https://www.ranger-forums.com/interi...ats-keys-4829/
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I do, the second one also has the barcodes the dealer needs
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I do, the second one also has the barcodes the dealer needs
Perhaps I'm not understanding you correctly, but if you have two PATS keys (each with a unique electronic ID) you can make as many additional as you want (up to 8 total) sitting in your driveway for the cost of a basic key cutting like $5.

Any single working PATS key would be able to be used by the dealer to make a 2nd one - for like $120 (They wipe all the currently working keys out of the 'system'). Then use those two to make additional ones yourself.

Its getting that 2nd unique key ID that's the expensive one.
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...or you could have a std key(s) cut, and put the original inside the plastic of the coulmn somehow and not need more expensive chipped keys....i ever get something new enough with this setup, i'll do that or find a way to bypass it.
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Let make this simple: A 2000 4 cylinder ranger never came with PATS. No lima engine ever had PATS only the V6 had Pats for those years.

Just get a copy made at wally world.
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I got my keys on ebay, like $20 or less for 2. Took to a dealer to program for like $60ish.
I bought it used, only got 1 key, no remotes, so I wanted peace of mind any existing keys won't start it!

Good info on the 'cloning', I almost went this route thinking I could program extra keys (& eventually a keyless pad) glad I didn't!
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