Reprogramming procedure for Mercury, Ford, and Lincoln Key Fob

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Most modern vehicles come with the option for keyless entry. The problem is that these transmitters drop, break, get lost, rubber buttons wear, contacts inside become corroded and the plastic case can crack. TechSmart™ offers one of the most common keyless entry transmitters providing a high-quality, cost effective solution to replace the damaged or lost original.

Some helpful hints on reprogramming your keyless entry transmitter (key fob)

Electonically unlock all doors prior to attempting to enter Remote entry programming mode. Do not press the brake pedal during manual remote entry programming procedure as it will immediately exit you from that mode  (this is to protect against confusion with TPMS learn mode.) If only one transmitter needs to be added or replaced, this can be accomplished via the diagnostic programming procedure using a service scan tool, instead of erasing all transmitters from memory using the manual key cycle method. Keep in mind, most systems only allow 4 devices to be programmed to the vehicle. For example, if a vehicle capable of accepting 4 transmitter devices and is fitted with a wireless keypad, then it can only accept three other transmitters (key fob) devices.

Typical Transmitter programming using the manual key cycle method.

2011-2006 Ford Crown Victoria
2011-2006 Mercury Grand Marquis

Open drivers window. Turn ignition switch from LOCK to RUN position 4 times within 3 seconds ending in RUN position. Door locks will lock then unlock to verify programming mode has been entered. Press any button on transmitter to be programmed. Within 7.5 seconds, press any button on next transmitter to be programmed and so on untill all transmitters are programmed. To exit programming mode, turn ignition switch to START position or wait for more than 7.5 seconds.

2003-1998 Ford Escort
1999-1998 Mercury Tracer

To reprogram all transmitters, cycle ignition switch from LOCK to RUN postion 8 times within 10 seconds, ending in RUN position or LOCK to START position 4 times in 10 seconds, ending in RUN position. After doors lock and unlock, press any button on all remotes transmitters (up to limit of 4). With each button pressed on remote transmitter, door locks should cycle (lock/unlock) to confirm programming. Once completed, turn ignition switch to LOCK postion. Door lock should cycle (lock/unlock) one last time to comfirm completion of programming. All transmitters must be reprogrammed at the same time.

2011-1999 Ford Mustang
2006-2005 Ford GT
2010-1998 Ford Light Truck Expedition
2010-1998 Lincoln Navigator

Open driver’s window. Cycle ignition key from LOCK to RUN 8 times within 10 seconds ending in RUN postion. Doors will lock, then unlock to verify program mode has been entered. Within 7.5 seconds, press any button on transmitter. Doors will lock, then unlock to confirm transmitter has been programmed. Turn ignition switch to LOCK postion or wait 5 minutes to exit program mode. Doors will lock, then unlock to confirm program mode has been exited.

2007-1998 Ford Taurus
2005-1998 Mercury Sable

1. Ensure anti-theft system is not armed. Turn ignition switch from LOCK to RUN position 8 times within 10 seconds ending in RUN position. The system will indicate entry into programed mode by locking and unlocking all doors.
2. Press any button on remote transmitter within 20 seconds. Doors will lock and unlock to confirm transmitter has been programmed. Repeat procedure to program additional transmitters.
3. Turn ignition switch to LOCK position to exit program mode. If a new set of transmitters have been programmed, RAP module will lock and unlock all doors one last time to confirm programming was successful. If system does not program successfully, repeat procedure. If system will not program, repair remote keyless entry system as necessary.

2010-1998 Ford Light Truck Explorer / Sport / Sport Trac
2010-1998 Mercury Mountaineer
2005-2003 Lincoln Aviator

Open driver’s window. Cycle ignition key from LOCK to RUN 5 times within 10 seconds ending in RUN position. Doors will lock, then unlock to verify program mode has been entered. Press any button on transmitter. Doors will lock, then unlock to confirm transmitter has been programmed. Turn ignition switch to LOCK position or wait 20 seconds to exit program mode. Doors will lock, then unlock to confirm program mode has been exited.

2011-2004 Lincoln Town Car
1. Cycle ignition switch from LOCK to RUN positions 4 times within 3 seconds. Locks will lock and unlock to confirm programming mode has been entered. Press any button on remote transmitter.
2. If additional remote transmitters are to be programmed, press any button on remaining remote transmitters within 7.5 seconds. To exit programming mode, turn ignition switch to START position or wait 7.5 seconds.
3. To set a remote transmitter to also operate a memory set postion, press SET button on memory switch then press any button on remote transmitter then appropriate memory button (1 or 2). To unassociate a transmitter, repeat this step.

1998-2003 Lincoln Town Car
Turn the ignition from OFF to RUN 4 times within 3 seconds, with the 4th time ending in RUN. All doors will lock then unlock to confirm programming mode. Within 20 seconds, press any button on the 1st remote transmitter. Door locks will cycle to confirm programming. Within 20 seconds, press any button on the 2nd transmitter (up to 4 transmitters total possible). Turn the ignition OFF. Locks will again cycle to indicate end of programming mode.

2002-1999 Mercury Cougar
1. Open driver’s window. Turn ignition switch to RUN or ACC position. Access programming connector. Programming connector is behind left trunk trim panel, attached to relay panel. Using jumper wire, momentarily short the 2 terminals of programming connector together. Both doors should lock then unlock to confirm program mode has been entered.
2. Press any button on keyless entry remote transmitter. Both doors should lock thae unlock to confirm that transmitter has been programmed.
3. Repeat step 2, to program all other transmitters (maximun of 4 transmitters) to be used with this system before exiting programming, turn iginition switch to LOCK position. To confirm programming mode has been exited, both doors should lock then unlock.

2007-2005 Ford Five Hundred
2007-2005 Mercury Montego
2005-2002 Ford Thunderbird
2006-2000 Lincoln LS

Do not press the brake pedal during manual remote entry programming procedure as it will immediately exit you from that mode. Electronically unlock the vehicle prior to attempting to enter Remote Entry Programming Mode. Turn ignition from OFF to RUN 8 times within 10 seconds, with the 8th time ending in RUN. All doors will lock then unlock to confirm programming mode. Within 20 seconds, press any button on 1st remote reansmitter. Door locks will cycle to confirm programming. Within 20 seconds, press any button on the 2nd transmitter (up to 4 transmitters total possible). Turn ignition to OFF. Locks will again cycle to indicate end of programming mode.

2011-2000 Ford Focus
Turn the ignition from OFF to RUN 4 times within 6 seconds. Turn the ignition OFF. The system will chime to comfirm programming mode has been entered. Within 20 seconds, press any button on 1st transmitter. The system chime once to confirm programming. Within 20 seconds, press any button on 2nd transmitter (up to 4 transmitters total possible). Turn the ignition to RUN to exit programming mode.

Brian

ASE Certified Technician

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7 Responses

  1. I have tryed to get my 1997 MERCURY MOUNTIANEER to go into the program mode but i cant i have tryed the thing 8 times and also the 5 times way how do i know if this came with the truck or was added on i have 1 key fob and it has TheWall on it is that stock or what

    Thanks you for any help

    PS i ordered a fob that is for a 98 Ford Explorer and they said it will work will it ?

    • admin says:

      Unfortunately the only way to tell if your vehicle is setup for keylesss entry is with a scan tool. A proper scan tool can see the vehicle anti theft and keyless entry system and most of the time can remove old key fob programming and add new programming.

  2. I Ain't telling says:

    I have a 2002 ford escape that I purchased yesterday, the fob didn’t work I replaced the batteries and it wouldn’t program it was completely dead. I verified this by taking the fob from my 2001 ford ranger and it programmed to the escape. Here’s the problem with doing this now the 1 remote works both vehicles and I can’t get it to unprogram from either vehicle without another fob. I’m ordering a new fob, but does anyone know how to erase all fob from memory on either of the vehicles. I know how to program a new fob but at this I don’t have another fob to program over the one that is stored in memory.

  3. Bruce Wilbur says:

    I have a 2012 Ford focus. The 2011-2000 Programming sequence worked great!!!

    Thanks!!

  4. Have a cougar 2002 wont do anything when you turn key to start position. have a red light that blinks , assume its some sort of security. when I try to start car light stays on. I got what I thinks is a code of one blink then five blinks once . usually after you go from start to off with key light will blink real fast for about a minute.

  5. admin says:

    Here is this keyfob now available at Amazon.com:

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