Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Remote entry

asked by on

I called the Ford dealer recently and asked them if I had remote entry capabilities in my car. I gave them the VIN and they said yes I do. I bought remotes for my model and followed the programming directions. My car will not go into program mode.

My car has 187090 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

In my experience, the following procedure will program the key fobs. Verify you have working batteries in the fobs. If the following does not work, it could mean you do not have that option, or the keyless entry module is not working. If the key in sensor (dinging) does not work, it will not program.

1 - Remove and insert the key 6 times slowly (within 10 seconds).

2 - Turn ignition from OFF to RUN 8 times within 10 seconds, with the 8th time ending in RUN. Door locks will cycle to confirm programming mode.

3 - Within 20 seconds press any button on first keyless remote. Door locks will cycle to confirm programming.

4 - Within 20 seconds, press any button on second keyless remote. Door locks will cycle again to confirm programming.

5 - Turn ignition to OFF. Locks will again cycle to indicate end of programming mode.

If the above does not work, it will be best to return to the dealership and have them try.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My car started cutting out after driving for a little while?

Hi, thanks for writing in. If the car had been sitting for 9 months, there may be a good chance of it having something as simple as bad fuel or bad spark plugs. I would recommend starting with a basic...

Q: When I am accerlerating, I feel a vibration.

Hello there, many faults will cause your 2004 Ford Taurus to have a vibration in the gas pedal. It is good that you referenced where the vibration is coming from, as this varies what will cause it. The most likely...

Q: Fuel gauge issue and weak battery

The fuel gauge issue is a relatively simple concept, but a bit involved in terms of the work to fix it. Your fuel tank has a small float device sending unit inside it that monitors the fuel level inside the...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...