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I replaced the ignition...

I replaced the ignition switch - the engine turned over but it won't start

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This is a 98 ford explorer. The original ignition lock broke (metal fatigue) and has been replaced. Lights come on as normal - the engine turns over but doesn't start. Does the key need to be programmed?

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you hoping to fix this yourself?

Yes

Mechanic's Assistant: Great! What have you tried so far?

As I said - I replaced the original ignition which was worn out

Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Ford
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Ford Mechanic: James, Ford Technician replied 2 years ago
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Hello, since you installed a new ignition lock cylinder with keys they need to be programmed. A locksmith will program keys cheaper than a dealer usually. Once you have the new keys programmed the vehicle will start and run like normal again.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Do I need to take my old key and cylinder to the locksmith as well
Ford Mechanic: James, Ford Technician replied 2 years ago

You don't. You just need the new keys and they can program them for you.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I only need to take the new ignition key to the locksmith and they will do the rest
Ford Mechanic: James, Ford Technician replied 2 years ago

They will need your vehicle as well. Some hardware stores can program new keys from the old keys.

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Ford Mechanic: James, Ford Technician replied 2 years ago

Hello, were you able to get the new keys programmed?

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