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How to Replace Lost Remote Key Opener for Ford Ranger

Updated April 17, 2017

Typically remotes are lost because the plastic casing breaks ans as a must-have feature for many Ford Ranger owners, replacing the remote requires little more than the cost to purchase a new remote from the dealer and the time it takes to reprogram the remotes to the vehicle. The process for replacing Ford Ranger remotes is simple to accomplish once the remotes have been obtained and can be easily done by any individual. The time to replace a remote is measured in minutes and must be done with all remotes at one time. This ensures that existing keyless entry remotes are not rendered inoperable as all remotes operate off of the same programming codes.

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  1. Purchase a new remote control that works with your Ford Ranger's model year.

  2. Unlock all doors on the Ranger.

  3. Place the key in the ignition and turn the ignition switch from the off to the on position eight times in rapid succession without starting the vehicle. On the eighth turn to the on position, the locks will cycle through the lock/unlock phase. Leave the key in the on position.

  4. Depress the lock or unlock button on the new keyless remote. Do the same with each additional remote that goes with the Ford Ranger.

  5. Turn the ignition switch of the vehicle to the off position and press the lock or unlock button on each remote to verify the remotes are programmed. If all remotes have been programmed, each remote will activate the door locks. If all the remotes do not activate the door locks, repeat the process.

  6. Tip

    When you purchase your new remote, ask the worker in the parts department or a sales person to program the remote. Many will assist with the programming without an additional charge.


    Program all the remotes at the same time, even if some were never lost. Remotes must be programmed together. Existing remotes that are not reprogrammed with the new one will no longer work.

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Things You'll Need

  • Ignition key
  • Each remote that operates the Ford Ranger's door locks

About the Author

Randall Bullard

Randall Bullard holds an Associate of Arts in business and will receive a Bachelor of Science in business/information systems from the University of Phoenix in 2010. He currently attends Altamaha Technical College for computer information systems/networking specialist certification. Bullard has worked as a sales consultant for Ford Motor Company, has owned a residential construction business, and has work published with eHow, Associated Content and Helium.

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