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The 2002 Ford Ranger's remote door lock/unlock function is not working. I replaced the battery and "reprogrammed" it as per the owner's manual. It is still not working. Sometimes it sounds like it works but no change to lock status.
Should I buy a new remote or take the Ford Ranger to the dealer?
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What method did you use to try and program the remote?
The owner's manual has a section where you turn the key off to on eight times and the locks cycle. Then you push any button on, remote locks then recycle to confirm programming.
All that happened but remote not working.
Ok, it is tricky and you may or may not have done the procedure correctly.
First sitting in the car with all doors closed, hit the unlock button on the door.
Now turn the key from 'Off' position to the 'On' position very quickly, doing this in less than 10 secs.
On the last turn leave the key in the 'On' position, the doors should unlock and lock telling you that you are in the programming mode then hit the unlock button on the remote.
Hope this explains it better as if you do not do it fast enough it wont work.
If the remote does not work after that.
Either replace the remote or take vehicle to the dealer?
It is tough to say, without seeing the vehicle myself. The cheapest thing to do is try buying a remote for the vehicle as the dealer will charge you $90+ just to look at it.
It is rare though for the Remote Module to go bad.