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How to Program a Ford Escape Keyless Remote

by Allen Moore

The Ford Escape comes equipped with a remote entry system to lock or unlock the Escape with the touch of a button on a key fob remote. Often confused with the keyless entry system, the remote entry system is far more common. You can identify the keyless entry system by looking for a five-button keypad located on the outside of the driver’s door while the remote entry system has two or more remote controls. Programming the remote entry system is a breeze and takes less than five minutes.

Step 1

Insert the ignition key into the ignition lock tumbler on the Escape. Push the power lock button on the driver’s door to make the door locks either lock or unlock.

Step 2

Turn the key to the “Run” position, which is one notch prior to cranking the engine, and then back to the “Off” position. Do this five times then stop in the "Run" position when the door locks cycle.

Step 3

Push the "Lock" or "Unlock" button on the first remote you want to program. The locks will respond if you have programmed it properly. Repeat this on each successive remote you need to program. Once you have programmed all the desired remotes (which can be up to five), turn the ignition key back to the "Off" position and remove it.

Test all the remotes by using each one to lock or unlock the doors from the outside.

Tip

  • You must program all your remotes at one time. If you own three remotes and only program two, the third remote will no longer operate the Escape’s remote entry system until you program it with the other two.

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