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How to replace a lock ignition for a ford ranger 1988

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This is a fun Saturday Morning Job,
Basically you have to remove the steering Column. Might be 6 screws
It comes in two halves
Once they are apart, you will expose all you need see and if you are handy with tools, the rest will be history

Posted on Jul 31, 2010


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