How to Activate Satellite Radio in a Ford

by Leonardo R. Grabkowski
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Ford vehicles equipped with satellite radio come with a free six-month subscription. Ford partners with Sirius for this service. Ideally, the dealership you purchased the vehicle from will guide you through the activation process, but customer service isn't a strong point of many car dealers. You can activate the Sirius subscription yourself in just a few minutes.

Step 1

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Write down your ESN (Electronic Serial Number). Ford radios equipped with satellite radio are assigned a 12-digit ESN. Turn your ignition on, press the "SAT" button on your radio and hold down "AUX" and preset "1." Your ESN will be displayed on the radio.

Step 2

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Contact Sirius by telephone for activation. The telephone number is 1-888-539-7474. When the system asks if you are a current subscriber, speak "No." At the next prompt, speak "Activate a Radio in a New Vehicle." Wait to speak with a representative.

Step 3

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Provide the representative with your vehicle identification number (VIN), name, address and ESN. The representative will activate your free six-month subscription over the telephone; once activated, you'll be able to use your satellite radio.

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