How to Program a Ford Transponder Chip Key

by Editorial Team

If you want to save money by programming your own key instead of paying the dealer hundreds of dollars, you can. Some Ford vehicles require a transponder key to start the vehicle. Without the chip in the key, the car will not start. Follow these steps to program your own chip key for just a few dollars.

Step 1

First of all this only works with Ford or Mazda cars and trucks. There is a different procedure for other makes and models. You will first need to purchase a transponder chip key. You can either order one off of eBay or you can buy one from the dealership. A local locksmith may also be able to provide you with one. The last resort should be the dealership, they will charge you an arm and a leg.

Step 2

Next you will need to have the transponder key cut like the original. Ask a local locksmith to do this. Their charges will be minimal. Probably less than $10.

Step 3

Now its time to program the new key. First you will need both of the programmed keys that came with the vehicle. If you do not have both, you will not be able to program the key yourself. You will need to go to the dealer to have it done. If you have both keys, put one of the already programmed keys into the ignition. Turn the ignition to RUN but do not start the engine. After the security light on the dash goes out, remove the key. Put the next already programmed key into the ignition and turn the key to RUN, but do not start the engine. Wait until the light on the dash goes out. Remove the key.

Step 4

Take the new key and put it into the ignition. Turn the key to RUN but do not start the vehicle. Wait until the security light goes out on the dash. Then remove the key. The new key should now be programmed.

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