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How to program a Ford key fob

Did you know….many vehicle remote key fobs can be programmed with a simple manual procedure that does not require any specialist knowledge or equipment.  This article explains how you can program a remote fob for a Ford car – in less than 30 seconds!

Ford fob coding

The Ford remote fob explained

A Ford remote key consists of three main parts:

1) Mechanical blade to lock and unlock the lock barrels

2) An electronic transponder chip that is programmed to the vehicle to deactivate the immobiliser

3) A remote control fob that operates the cars central locking system from the push of a button

Parts 1 and 2 require specialist locksmith tools to cut and program the key.  Part 3 (locking fob) however, can be replaced and programmed by you!

Ford remote fob programming instructions

Here’s what to do….

  • Put a programmed key into the ignition
  • Turn the key to position 2
  • Now turn the key from position 2 to 1 four times, ending on position 1
  • An audible beep should sound confirming the car is now ready to be programmed
  • Press either of the two buttons on the remote and listen for another beep to confirm programming
  • Now turn the key back to position 0 and remove from the ignition
  • Wait 30 seconds and then test the remote

And thats it, job done!!!

If you only have a manual key for your car and would like a remote fob then give us a call.  The Auto Locksmith is able to provide stand alone remotes that do the need to be built into a key.  This allows you to add a remote fob for considerably less than the cost of purchasing a full remote key from a Ford dealer.  For more info on Ford keys take a look at our Ford car key section of the website.

Mark Migliaccio

Mark founded The Auto Locksmith in January 2007. With a strong background in auto electronics and information technology it was a natural transition into car key programming. Mark has a great passion for the internet and social media and has developed as a free source of information for motorists and auto locksmiths alike.

5 thoughts on “How to program a Ford key fob

  1. Hi,
    Thanks for tip… Worked but stopped the programmed key working remotely, then vice versa…. Was I doing something wrong?

  2. Just tried again and it works… Had to press button on both remotes before returning to position 0

    Many thanks

    • Hi Nigel, sorry for late reply just seen your comments. Sounds like you figured it out, you need to press a button on each remote your need programming, including any that are already working. Hope all is ok now. Mark

  3. Hi Mark, I have followed your instructions and managed to programme the key fob/car. The car fob will now unlock and lock the doors and the boot but will not start the car? Is there something else I need to do – maybe something with the immobilizer? Many thanks, David

    • Hi David this procedure is for programming the key fob buttons only. The key will have a transponder chip inside that needs coding to work with the cars immobiliser, but this has to be done with a diagnostic machine. We can help with this. Call me tomorrow. Mark

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