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Old 01-18-2009
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I have a 2001 ranger and the key won't unlock the driver side door at all and you havfe to "play" with it a lil to get it to open the passenger door, remote works fine, any ideas
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I have the same problem only its my passenger door that gives me the most trouble and every now and then my driver door does too. I have to lift the handle and turn the key back and forth and eventually it opens. Something is probably seizing up or worn but I don't know for sure.
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on mine the key won't even turn on the driver side
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Yea I have that problem every once in a while on my drivers side. I have to play with it in order to unlock it.
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My truck doesn't have keyless entry so I have to use my key to unlock my truck so that's why i think its an issue with something that is worn. If my problem persists, I'll probably just take it to a locksmith and get his opinion.
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i had that problem with my driver side lock till the other day when i found some lock lube at the shop, a lil spray into the cylinder and it works like new.
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I had the same problem. I have keyless entry so I never use the key locks. Turned out that they needed to be lubed. They were unused for so long that they just needed a lube job and they worked like new.
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I had the same problem. You can do two things: First is to take them apart, clean, and re-lube them. Don't do this unless you're a locksmith. Second, just take a spray can lube and squirt some in there. Do not use WD40, it will only make things worse for you. I recommend a product called Tri-Flow. It's a teflon based spray lubricant. It works wonders and can be found at most hardware stores.
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I had the same problem. You can do two things: First is to take them apart, clean, and re-lube them. Don't do this unless you're a locksmith. Second, just take a spray can lube and squirt some in there. Do not use WD40, it will only make things worse for you. I recommend a product called Tri-Flow. It's a teflon based spray lubricant. It works wonders and can be found at most hardware stores.
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WD49 is NOT your friend in the this application, Teflon is. I lubed my locks up but my drivers side still requires me to jiggle the key and play with it a bit in order to unlock it.

What doesn't help matters is if you've had to use the "Ranger" method to unlock your door in the past. I've done it a number of times, and it doesn't take much to bend the lock arms.

....and we'll leave it at that.
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Yeah I have the same problem.
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me too! lol oh well. going to install pwr dr locks n alarm soon anyway. last alarm i cut out cuz my remote froze and was going off in the middle of hunting season. oops
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whats the "ranger" method of unlocking the doors? I have this problem as well and its been getting worse.

All i do is just jiggle my key till the lock gives in and unlocks my door haha
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i only ever notice it during the winter...i'll pm you dave the ranger method.. its a good thng to know but bad thing if the wrong people know about it
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