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Old 09-10-2019, 06:57 AM   #1
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Ford Explorer as a toad

I am using a 2008 ford explorer as a toad. Shouldn't i be able to remove the ignition key when in neutral and key off but not in steering lock position?
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Old 09-10-2019, 08:50 AM   #2
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I have a 2010 Ranger for a toad. I suspect it is like your Explorer. I just had a key cut at a hardware store. It doesn't have a chip, so won't start the engine, but I just leave it in the ignition so I can have the steering unlocked.
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on my 2006 I have to leave the key in. I don't have a problem with that.
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:43 AM   #4
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On my 2004 Explorer I have to leave the Key in also.

Since I have the Limited Model it has the keyless entry with the key pad on the frame behind the door.
We sometimes lock the door with the key inside and use that system to unlock it. You could also just lock/unlock with the keyfob and leave the key inside

Most of the time however we just leave the key in.

With mine the battery drain is minimal and I have never had a low battery or need to pulled any fuse even after towing for several days at a time.

My towing lights use no power from the Explorer and my braking system uses minimal power (air system).

We like it as a tow vehicle since it is real 4X4 --- we use on some easier 4WD trails, it has a third row seat for when kids and grandkids are there, and it has a V8 (with TOW PACKAGE) and 7000 lb tow capacity to tow my boat at home.

We have towed ours for about 30,000 miles, including our 15000 mile Alaska trip, with no issues.

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