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Old 05-04-2013, 07:24 PM   #1
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New place to get programmed keys if you only have 1

So my dealer wants $100 for a programmed key. Just bought a used focus and guy only had 1 key.

For $60, my local hardware store called TrueValue had a machine that programmed a new key for me. Works perfect.

Well my local TrueValue didn't, they told me about the one 12 miles away that did it.

Now I have no clue if this key would allow me to program a 3rd for myself. As they took my current key, put it in some machine iwht a computer then the blank key (it's a bottom part key that get's cut, and a top part with the chip inside) and it takes 2 minutes and key was programmed. So not sure if it's a 100% copy of my original or what.

They let me try it on my car before I had to pay.

Saved $40. Not bad.


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Each Ford OEM key could be called a 'master' that is each key has a unique 'serial' number embedded in it and also stored in the ECU

What TrueValue did was to clone your key with the same 'serial' number
I guess it works except there may be a battery inside that fob of the new key when the battery dies so does the programming MAYBE

It takes two 'master' keys to start the programming sequence
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:37 PM   #3
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^^^^ Bingo!
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My dealership reprogrammed my key old key and made me a second for $60
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My dealership reprogrammed my key old key and made me a second for $60
Lucky. I called the 4 dealers in my area. All wanted 92+taxes-105+taxes.

I also figured it was a clone and the dealers were masters.
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So my dealer wants $100 for a programmed key. Just bought a used focus and guy only had 1 key.

For $60, my local hardware store called TrueValue had a machine that programmed a new key for me. Works perfect.

Well my local TrueValue didn't, they told me about the one 12 miles away that did it.

Now I have no clue if this key would allow me to program a 3rd for myself. As they took my current key, put it in some machine iwht a computer then the blank key (it's a bottom part key that get's cut, and a top part with the chip inside) and it takes 2 minutes and key was programmed. So not sure if it's a 100% copy of my original or what.

They let me try it on my car before I had to pay.

Saved $40. Not bad.
Unless they plugged a handheld device into your OBD2 port to create the new key then all they did was clone your existing key. A cloned key cannot be used to generate additional keys. You have to have two keys with unique ID's to program new keys.
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Uhoh, another man down :(

My copy of a key from true value for my focus lasted 8 months before it wouldn't do anything... The stater cranks and cranks but the engine never fires, after a few tries you'll notice the PATS security light flashing... Thankfully I was in my drive way and not 60 miles from my home... My original key fired right up! And now my Ttue value counterpart only works 1/8 of the time... Only get genuine ford keys...
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Cheaper Way to Solve Single Key Issue!

I have NOT tried this but I have a possible cheap back door way to solve the single programmed key issue. Some years of Focus ('08 for sure) have the key reader on a ring that just snaps around the cylinder lock housing just inside the steering column cover.

Take your only coded key and make two cheap uncoded copies.

Disassemble the steering column cover and pop off the snap ring from around the lock cylinder, the wires stay attached to the ring so it still operates.

Tape the coded key to the snap ring and tuck it inside the the steering column cover.

Next diagnose this fix to see what happens. Try your new key. Does the car start ok? Can you use your key FOB to lock and unlock the car? (I believe your security system will no longer work because it thinks the key is still in the ignition. When you open the door a chime may sound to indicate a key is still in the cylinder. If the key FOB does not work, can you live with manually locking and unlocking the doors?

If everything works then reassemble the steering column and go on your merry way with your cheap two new keys.
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This works to defeat the "PATS" system, it was detailed in an old thread showing the "chip" from the key taped inside the steering column close to the sensor ring.

It also lets your car be stolen by anyone simply "jimmying" the lock.

Security not an issue/you need to hand out more keys than the system will recognize, it'll work.
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