- - Program new key???
01-23-2013 07:19 PM
Program new key???
I just bought a new key from the Ford dealer for my '03 Focus. I didn't want to pay the $80 to have them program it. All the instructions I have found on programming a new key require you to have two programmed keys. I have only one programmed key (hence the reason for buying a second one). Can you program it if you only have one existing key?
01-23-2013 07:40 PM
Nope, I'm afraid not. You'll have to pay $80 to have it programmed. I'd call around to other Ford dealers and see if you can find one that has a lower charge for programming.
01-23-2013 08:05 PM
Another good reason to read the owner's manual, while one still has two keys........
01-23-2013 08:06 PM
The reason that it takes two keys to start programming it to prevent a valet or somebody else from just copying the key
Whether dealer or locksmith both will REQUIRE copy of title, insurance and your ID and all three must match
01-23-2013 09:48 PM
I found a locksmith that was able to clone the transponder code of my single key onto a special key with a battery in it for $55 (for the key and the programming) in New Hampshire. That way no reprogramming of the car was necessary. I believe the standard PATS keys don't use batteries, just passive rfid chips.
If you're using standard PATS keys and you only have one key you'll need to have a dealer plug a computer into the car to do it.
01-23-2013 10:00 PM
not to hijack this thread but please confirm this. an 01 focus does not have an immobilizer correct?
01-23-2013 11:16 PM
01-24-2013 12:05 AM
I have an '01 Explorer and it has the PATS key (the one with the chip in it). I would expect that the '01 Focus does too. I think Ford started doing that key with the separate fob in the late '90s.