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Ignition wires to start car

I've got a '96 Ford Explorer stuck in the forest simply because I lost my keys while hiking. I can't afford a tow-out. I've started Fords in the past with the old screwdriver/solenoid trick, but that was with the ignition on. Since I don't have a key, I can't turn it on. I would like to know what wires I could connect to make the coil send a spark. I'd pay for downloading a schematic, but I'm not sure that I would get enough info on it. My Haynes manual schematic is insufficient and I can't wait for a manual in the mail. I'm looking for something I can download. I need help ASAP. Thank you.

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  • charles_kimb May 18, 2009

    I'm asking for a source of a wiring diagram. If I had a diagram, which is already available in books anyway, I have enough knowledge to go from there. But I can't wait for a tech manual to arrive in the mail. I need to download the ignition circuit so I can get my car out of an unsafe place before someone vandalizes or steals it!!!



  • charles_kimb May 18, 2009

    Please see the comment I entered. Thank you.

  • josh1111 May 11, 2010

    i dont think anyone will tell you soemthing likethat on this site.

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Try autozone.com they have great online manuals

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There is a very good possibillity your not going to get that started with out the keys, if the vehicle is Equiped with PATS it wont start with out the keys. the key has a chip in it. if you try to hotwire it etc. it will go into theft mode and will not crank, if it does it will not start because the vehicle computer disables the ignition. your best bet is a tow out to your local ford dealer, you will have to purchase 2 new keys, about $30 a peice, because the old keys will have to be erased, and you need 2 keys to program after an erase. the dealership will also charge you about a half hour for labor as it takes 10 minutes to gain security access before you can do any programing.

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