Need some advice... 1996 GT Conv.

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1996 GT (Convertible)... appears my ignition key cylinder has now stopped working - cannot turn at all. Wiggling wheel and key do not help. Keys still opens all other locks (trunk, doors, glove - so not the keys). Car is in "Park". Want to replace cylinder and saw affordable replacement part (cylinder plus two keys) on American Muscle but now comes the issue of PATS . Understand that PATS 1 is on all 1996 -199? Was told by American Muscle Tech that my tuner buddy could disable PATS during a tune by turning off permanently and I would be able to use the replacement part they sell. Wondering if this is true so I can use affordable OEM replacment and save money by staying away from Ford dealer. I dont really care if PATS is enabled or not. Anyone do this to their car? Thanks
 
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General karthief

wonder how much it would cost to ship you a pair
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A locksmith can come to you and fix this, and likely keep same keys so no messing with the pats. I would not disable the pats if you can help it.
call around and see what they charge.
 

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For 1996 model year there is a end user procedure to allow re-programming of a PATS key. The procedure is documented in the Ford service manual and must be followed EXACTLY. The procedure takes 45-60 minutes to perform. Make sure the battery is fully charged and on a trickle charge before starting the procedure.

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96-97 PATS key re-programming procedure
 
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