How to Reset the Anti-Theft Key Ignition on a Ford F-150by Matthew Fortuna
Ford vehicles such as the Ford F-150 are equipped with transponder key capabilities that allow you to program them electronically to your engine. Once programmed, only one of these smart keys or chip keys can be used to start your engine. You can reset these anti-theft keys in just seconds from your driver's seat and use the reset codes immediately. Resetting one key requires two originally programmed keys to complete the process.
Insert your first programmed key into the car's ignition and turn it to the "On" position.
Cycle the first key back "Off," remove it from the ignition and insert the second programmed key within 5 seconds.
Cycle in "On" and "Off" and then remove the second key.
Insert the key you would like to reset within 10 seconds, leave it "On" for one second and then cycle it back to "Off."
Leave the key in the ignition until the security light turns on, then remove the key to complete the programming process.
Matthew Fortuna is a full-time freelance writer with a journalism degree from Wayne State University, living in the Detroit metropolitan area. He has written about a wide range of topics across varying publications, including Demand Studios, wiseGEEK.com and Suite101.com, among others. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Wayne State University.