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Old 06-07-2019, 01:31 PM   #1
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Programming a key with FORscan

I recently bought a 2013 focus se with only one key and would like to add a second key. afaik, the in car method of adding keys requires you to have 2 working keys already. Has anyone here successfully used FORSCAN to add a key on an mk3?


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You might be more likely to get an answer on the FORScan forum.

I have not used FORScan for this, but I did program a third (and fourth) backup key in the car using the two original keys, following the advice of other FF members. That doesn't help you any (not scolding here), but my bright idea to get the much cheaper non-remote keys for backups might. Saved me a bit over having all be the Integrated Key Transmitter (IKT) type. I tested using the non-IKTs to program a third (either type) key and it worked, so they are good as backups

I carry one of the two original IKTs when I drive and keep the other safe at home, with one of the non-IKT spares. My wife can carry the other non-IKT for emergencies (the only way she cares to drive a manual trans any more).

If I ever lose or break one of the IKTs I'd probably replace it with another of the same kind instead of one of the cheaper ones. As much as I hate how bulky it is, and as much as I scoffed at it before buying the car ("I don't need no stinking remote!"), I have gotten used to the convenience.
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I recently bought a 2013 focus se with only one key and would like to add a second key. afaik, the in car method of adding keys requires you to have 2 working keys already. Has anyone here successfully used FORSCAN to add a key on an mk3?
same here, if you do it, post up the results and how you did it.

From when i looked you have to delete all the keys even your current key and start over. I'm not afraid to try it but i'm waiting till i really want a remote start.
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same here, if you do it, post up the results and how you did it.

From when i looked you have to delete all the keys even your current key and start over. I'm not afraid to try it but i'm waiting till i really want a remote start.
I have done it on an MK1 with Forscan and on an MK3 using a key programmer tool which I have since sold. When I did it on Forscan for the MK1, there is a way to test the new keys for compatibility before deleting all the keys and starting the programming of your old and new keys so if it passes that, you are reasonably assured that it is going to work. If I recall, after deleting, you have to reprogram at least two keys for it to successfully complete the process so if it doesn't work, you just bricked your car. However, my keys all passed the initial test so everything went smoothly. The Forscan forum has a good guide so just follow that carefully.
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Ok good info. I will probably sit in the ford dealer parking lot when i do it.
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Ok good info. I will probably sit in the ford dealer parking lot when i do it.
I did not but the thought definitely crossed my mind. Plus if all goes well, you can taunt them with your new keys as you leave.
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