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09-14-2012 09:27 PM
VectorZ Don't forget you can also turn off the belt minder (annoying chime) too!
09-14-2012 06:22 PM
2008 Ford Focus Your husband is a keeper!

2008 Ford Focus
09-14-2012 11:27 AM
FordService
Quote:
Originally Posted by Katemck View Post
Is there a way to change the setting that requires a seat belt buckled to unmute the radio? Somehow mine is set so that the driver and passenger must be wearing their seat belt before you can listen to the radio.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Katemck View Post
... I think i only have two mykeys but im not sure? Ive only had the car for a few weeks and my husband surprised me with it so i didnt get the opportunity to have the dealer show me what the car will do... I can't sit in it on a break at work with the air on and listen to the radio without my seatbelt on. Seems kinda pointless to sit with my car in park with my seatbelt on, doesn't it?
Hi Katemck!

First of all: how nice of your husband to surprise you with a Focus!

You can download your car's Owner's Manual here: https://owner.ford.com/servlet/Conte...OwnerGuidePage. Check out page 153 for a break down of MyKey, including instructions on how to remove programmed features from your MyKey. If you've lost your admin key, however, I'd suggest you get in touch with your dealer to purchase a replacement.


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Originally Posted by suss6052 View Post
If you don't have any admin keys you may be in trouble, as the car cannot be de-programmed from mykey status without the admin key...
Quote:
Originally Posted by Elizabeth View Post
In the menu system, you can turn the seatbelt requirement for the radio on or off by turning the "my key" system off.
The my key can keep track of each key use separately.
Turning it off does nothing except then both keys are not tracked separately...
Thanks for the good info, suss6052 and Elizabeth! Have a great weekend everyone!

-Crystal
09-13-2012 04:13 PM
suss6052
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kabigon View Post
I can't imagine why she (and her husband) wouldn't have all keys unless the car was stolen.
Unless they mistakenly programmed all the keys as mykeys if they had the aftermarket remote start installed as the only remaining admin key. But it was just an idea as well as the fact that I posted the relevant section of the owners manual to try and direct them towards resetting it.

If it says zero admin keys however then there is an issue (even if it says two my keys), unless it was an ex-rental car and not a new car purchased off the lot.
09-13-2012 04:09 PM
Kabigon
Quote:
Originally Posted by suss6052 View Post
If you don't have any admin keys you may be in trouble, as the car cannot be de-programmed from mykey status without the admin key. You will need a key from the dealer per the owners manual I just posted previously.
I can't imagine why she (and her husband) wouldn't have all keys unless the car was stolen.
09-13-2012 02:51 PM
suss6052
Quote:
Originally Posted by Katemck View Post
I'm 25, it's my car. I'm not asking because people dont wear their seatbelt while im driving, I'm asking because it's annoying. I can't sit in it on a break at work with the air on and listen to the radio without my seatbelt on. Seems kinda pointless to sit with my car in park with my seatbelt on, doesn't it?
If you don't have any admin keys you may be in trouble, as the car cannot be de-programmed from mykey status without the admin key. You will need a key from the dealer per the owners manual I just posted previously.
09-13-2012 02:50 PM
suss6052
Quote:
Originally Posted by Elizabeth View Post
In the menu system, you can turn the seatbelt requirement for the radio on or off by turning the "my key" system off.
The my key can keep track of each key use separately.
Turning it off does nothing except then both keys are not tracked separately.
If it is YOUR car, then WTF who cares about separate key use.
Anyway, then also you do not have to watch the screen do the 'my key' loading every time you start up the car either.
For exact instructions, read the manual..

(PS, not my concern for anyone else, but when i have a passenger I tell them they MUST put on the seatbelt, period. I say "If I have to decide between saving my own arse, or yours because you did not wear a seatbelt, i am going to be really really pissed if i live, so put the damn belt on, or walk."
From the owners manual's 5th prtinting for 2012

Quote:
"MYKEY, (IF EQUIPPED)
The MyKey, feature allows you to program a restricted driving mode to
promote good driving habits. All but one of the keys programmed to the
vehicle can be activated as a MyKey. The key will remain restricted
until MyKey is cleared. Any remaining keys are referred to as an
“administrator key” or admin key. The admin key can be used to create a
MyKey, program optional MyKey settings, and clear the MyKey
feature. When the MyKey feature is enabled the user can use the
information menu in the message center to see how many MyKeys and admin keys are programmed to the vehicle, and see the total distance
the vehicle has been driven with the MyKey active.
MyKey restricted features
Standard settings – these settings cannot be changed
• Belt-Minder cannot be cleared and will not expire. The audio system
will be muted whenever Belt-Minder is activated until the safety belts
are buckled. Refer to the Seating and Safety Restraints chapter for a
detailed description of Belt-Minder operation.
• Low fuel warnings are displayed in the message center followed by a
chime when the distance to empty value reaches 75 miles (120 km).
• The following systems, if equipped, cannot be turned off: parking aid,
blind spot information system (BLIS) with cross traffic alert and
collision warning system.
Optional settings – these settings can be changed
• Vehicle speed is limited to 80 mph (130 km/h). Visual warnings are
displayed followed by a chime when the vehicle speed has reached
80 mph (130 km/h).
• Visual warnings are displayed followed by a chime when a preselected
vehicle speed of 45, 55 or 65 mph (75, 90, or 105 km/h) is exceeded.
• The maximum volume of the audio system is limited to 45%. MAX
VOLUME MY KEY LIMIT will be displayed in the audio system display
when attempting to exceed the limited volume.
• The AdvanceTrac system cannot be turned off. When this optional
setting is on, the MyKey user will not be able to deactivate the
system. Note: It may be beneficial to deactivate the AdvanceTrac
system if the vehicle is stuck in snow, mud or sand.
Create a MyKey
To program MyKey on one of the keys programmed to the vehicle, insert
the key that you want to make a MyKey into the ignition. For vehicles
equipped with push button start, put the intelligent access key in the
backup slot; see the Driving chapter for the location of the backup slot.
Turn the ignition on. Use the message center buttons to do the following:
1. Get into the main menu, select Settings then MyKey by pressing OK
or the > button.
2. Press OK to select CREATE.
3. Hold the OK button as prompted until you see LABEL KEY AS MYKEY.

MyKey is successfully programmed. Make sure you label it so you can
distinguish it from the admin keys. Note: To program the optional
settings go to Step 2 in the Programming MyKey optional settings
section. If your vehicle is equipped with remote start, see the Using
MyKey with remote start systems section.
Note: All MyKeys can be cleared within the same key cycle that a
MyKey was created, otherwise an admin key is required to clear all
MyKeys. To clear all MyKeys go to Step 2 in the Clear MyKey section.
Programming MyKey optional settings

Turn the ignition on using an admin key. To program the optional
settings, use the message center buttons to do the following:
1. Get into the main menu, select Settings then MyKey by pressing OK
or the > button.
2. Use the up or down arrow to get to any optional feature.
3. Press OK or the > button to bring up settings for the selected feature.
4. Press OK or the > button to make your choice.
Clear MyKey

To reset all MyKeys as admin keys, do the following:
1. Get into the main menu, select Settings then MyKey by pressing OK
or the > button.
2. Press the down arrow to get to Clear All and press the OK button.
3. Hold the OK button until ALL MYKEYS CLEARED is displayed.
Check MyKey system status
The vehicle information will provide the status of the following MyKey
parameters:
• MYKEY MILES — This odometer only tracks mileage when a MyKey is
used. If mileage does not accumulate as expected, then the MyKey is not
being used by the intended user. The only way to reset this odometer to
zero is by clearing MyKey. If this odometer is lower than the last time
you checked, then the MyKey system has been recently cleared.
• # MYKEY(S) — Indicates how many MyKeys are programmed to the
vehicle. Can be used to detect deletion of a MyKey.
• # ADMIN KEY(S) — Indicates how many admin keys are programmed
to the vehicle. Can be used to detect if an additional spare key has
been programmed to the vehicle.
Refer to Message center in the Instrument Cluster chapter for vehicle
information displays.

Check MyKey system status section.
Note: For all vehicles with remote start installed, it is possible to
program all ’real’ keys as MyKeys, in which case, you will need to use
your remote start system to reset all MyKeys as admin keys by doing
the following:
1. Enter the vehicle, close all doors.
2. Remote start the vehicle using your remote start fob.
3. Follow Steps 1-3 in the Clear MyKey section.

Troubleshooting
Condition Potential Causes
Can’t create a MyKey • Key in the ignition is already a
MyKey.
• Key in the ignition is the last remaining admin key (there always
has to be at least one admin key).
• Intelligent access key (if equipped) not in the backup slot (for vehicles
with push button start).
•SecuriLock passive anti-theft system is disabled or in unlimited
mode.
• Vehicle has been started using a remote start system that is
programmed as a MyKey. Refer to Using MyKey with remote start
systems section.
Cannot program the MyKey optional settings
• Key in the ignition is a MyKey
• No MyKeys are programmed to the vehicle. Refer to Create a MyKey section.
• Vehicle has been started using a remote start system that is
programmed as a MyKey. Refer to Using MyKey with remote start systems section.
Cannot clear MyKey
• Key in the ignition is a MyKey
• No MyKeys are programmed to the vehicle. Refer to Create a MyKey section.
• Vehicle has been started using a remote start system that is programmed as a MyKey. Refer to MyKey with remote start systems section.

Condition Potential Causes
Lost the only admin key
• Purchase a new key from your authorized dealer.
Lost any key
• For programming spare keys, refer to the SecuriLock section in this
chapter.
I accidentally programmed all keys as MyKeys
• Vehicle has a remote start system that is recognized as an admin key.
Refer to the Using MyKey with remote start systems section to clear
all MyKeys using remote start.
No MyKey function with intelligent access key (push button start) (if equipped)
• An admin key is present at vehicle start
• No MyKeys are programmed to the vehicle. Refer to Create a MyKey
section
MyKey programmed total includes one additional key
• Unknown key has been programmed to the vehicle as a MyKey.
• Vehicle is equipped with a remote start system. Refer to Using MyKey with remote start systems section.
Admin keys programmed total includes one additional key
• Unknown key has been programmed to the vehicle as admin key.
• Vehicle is equipped with a remote start system. Refer to Using MyKey
with remote start systems section.
MyKey miles do not accumulate
• MyKey is not being used by the intended user.
• MyKey system has been recently cleared.
09-13-2012 11:41 AM
Elizabeth In the menu system, you can turn the seatbelt requirement for the radio on or off by turning the "my key" system off.
The my key can keep track of each key use separately.
Turning it off does nothing except then both keys are not tracked separately.
If it is YOUR car, then WTF who cares about separate key use.
Anyway, then also you do not have to watch the screen do the 'my key' loading every time you start up the car either.
For exact instructions, read the manual..

(PS, not my concern for anyone else, but when i have a passenger I tell them they MUST put on the seatbelt, period. I say "If I have to decide between saving my own arse, or yours because you did not wear a seatbelt, i am going to be really really pissed if i live, so put the damn belt on, or walk."
09-13-2012 10:56 AM
Katemck
My key

I'm 25, it's my car. I think i only have two mykeys but im not sure? Ive only had the car for a few weeks and my husband surprised me with it so i didnt get the opportunity to have the dealer show me what the car will do. I'm not asking because people dont wear their seatbelt while im driving, I'm asking because it's annoying. I can't sit in it on a break at work with the air on and listen to the radio without my seatbelt on. Seems kinda pointless to sit with my car in park with my seatbelt on, doesn't it?
09-13-2012 10:51 AM
Katemck
My key

I'm 25, it's my car. I'm not asking because people dont wear their seatbelt while im driving, I'm asking because it's annoying. I can't sit in it on a break at work with the air on and listen to the radio without my seatbelt on. Seems kinda pointless to sit with my car in park with my seatbelt on, doesn't it?
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