How to rekey a Strattec Ford Ignition 707624 Kit | Mr. Locksmith Blog
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In this video, we’re gonna show you how to rekey step-by-step, a Ford ignition. This is a Strattec Ford Ignition kit #707624. The kit has all the wafers and pieces, so you can rekey the lock to the customer key. The Fords are so popular, they’re in the top 10 stolen vehicles in Canada, if not North America. The Ford ignitions are constantly being attacked by car theives, so we are replacing lots of Ford ignitions.
In this video we are going to show how to put together this Ford ignition kit. This is probably one of the most widely used ignition sets, cars from 1996 up to 2012. It fits Rangers, Excursions, F Series, just about anything out there. We use Strattec. Strattec is a great quality part. There’s almost no failures on it, and for Ford, GM, and Chrysler vehicles, they’re the best. The kit comes with everything you’ll need to code the cylinder.
We will just dump out all the parts here so you can have a look. It comes with the plug and the housing. It comes with the spring of a ball bearing, so you’ll see later. It comes with all the wafers, one through five. And it comes with more than enough springs to do the job. Again, this is a Ford eight cut system. Eight cuts, refers to the number of wafers in the lock. You start counting from the bow, you go to the tip. And you’ve got one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Now, typically on this cylinder, and on the vehicles that this fits, you’re dealing with one to six cuts in the door, and you’re dealing with two to eight in the ignition cylinder. You take out the plug, and you can see, you’ve got one, two, three, four, five, six, seven positions. So you’ve two to eight. And let’s get our cards opened up here. And we’ll open up our wafers. Now, I happen to know the cuts of this key and they don’t include a one, so we’ll open all the other wafers, so that we can get to them easily. Again, you’ve got two, three, four, and five. And, you’re gonna start with number two. You’ll place a spring in there. Hopefully, you’ll replace a spring in there. And if you look at your key, your second cut in, right here, is a four depth, so you’re gonna get out a number four, and you’re gonna place it in the cylinder, and it’ll snap into place. You can check your clearance very easily, by putting in the key. And you can see it’s flush, with the cylinder on both sides. So, you’ll go on to your next one. And again, you’re gonna read the key, you’re not gonna do this well, to begin with. You’re gonna learn it over time, and you’re just gonna look at the key, and you’re gonna say, okay, two, four, two, four, two, four, four, two, three, five. That’s what the cuts of this key are. So, you’ve stuck in your second spring, and you’ve gone to your next, you’ve gone four, your next cut is a two, so you’re gonna grab a number two wafer, and you’re gonna stick it into the plug. And again, you can check and make sure you’ve got it flush on both sides. The third position, again we’re looking, and here, and you’re dealing with a number four. So you’re gonna place the number four in here. Press it down, check your wafers so that you know you’re flush. And you go on to the next position, and we know we have another four there. We know our next cut, after the second four in there is a two. Place it in there, and check our clearance. You notice that all the five wafers that we’ve installed so far are flush. And, our next spring. We know our next cut is a three. Again, we’ll stick our key in. We know it’s flush, top and bottom. And, we’ll get our last spring. And we know our last cut is a five. And, your wafer goes in, snaps in. Put the key in. You’re nice and flush all the way along. So, your next step to this, is to take this bag over here, and open it. And, you’ll notice within the bag, you’ve got this piece here, that goes into here, and you’ll know if you’ve got it in right or not, by whether it sits flush. This is for the key buzzer. You can check your cylinder and make sure everything’s gonna turn, by putting it together, and turning the cylinder, within the lock before you put it all together. You can lubricate, open the package, and you can put some grease on the wafers. Make sure you’ve got it good and lubed up. The cylinder moves freely. The trickiest part of the whole operation seems to be getting the ball bearing to come down and depress in here.
You notice that in the Strattec kit they give you two ball bearings. There’s a good reason for that. Probably in about 60% of the cases, you’re gonna lose one of them. So, what happens now, take out your ball bearings and don’t lose it before you start. But, in here, this spring goes down. Okay, push it down and make sure it’s firmly seated. Then, you’ve got to get a ball bearing on top of it, and you’re going to depress the ball bearing and turn the cylinder at the same time. The spring goes into this hole. Make sure you’ve got it down all the way. Just kind of tap it down. The next thing is a ball bearing that goes down on top of the spring. Now, you’ve got to depress the spring and the ball bearing, and turn the cylinder at the same time. So, you press down, and you turn, and you’ll notice right in here, there’s the ball bearing. So you can turn your cylinder and you get it working positively. Your next part, this retainer goes back in. And you turn your cylinder to the position where the retainer goes down, so that you can reinstall your cylinder into the vehicle. You can see as you push it, turn it, that will pop up. So, if you look at the position here, you’re never gonna get that into your column. Turn it, and you get the position correct, that will drop. And your cylinder turns perfectly.
In conclusion, Randy just showed you how to do step-by-step, the Ford ignition. This is a hugely popular ignition that we have to replace. I hope it was useful to you. Thank you, very much. I hope you enjoyed watching this video. Subscribe to my channel. Also, visit my website, and you can see what online locksmith training I have, for beginners, intermediate and advanced, as well as my covert methods of entry, and my non-destructive methods of entry.
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