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Old 01-05-2009, 06:16 AM   #1
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I had a dead battery on this vehicle the other day and now the remote won't lock or unlock the doors. The key also won't unlock either of the front doors and hasn't for years.Is there programming instructions for the remote? And why won't the key work in the front door locks!

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Assuming you haven't locked yourself out the following are the programming instructions for 97 and up. No idea why the key itself will not work...maybe try some WD40.


  1. Insert a key in the ignition and turn from 3(Off) to 4(On) eight times in rapid succession (within 10 seconds) with the eighth turn ending in the 4(On) position.
  2. The doors will lock/unlock to confirm that programming mode has been entered.
  3. Within 20 seconds, program a remote transmitter by pressing any button on a transmitter. The doors will lock/unlock to confirm that the remote transmitter has been programmed. (If more than 20 seconds pass before pressing a remote transmitter button, the programming mode will exit and the procedure will have to be repeated.)
  4. Repeat the previous step to program additional remote transmitters. The doors will lock/unlock to confirm that each remote transmitter has been programmed.
  5. When you have completed programming the remote transmitters, turn th ignition to 3(Off) or wait 20 seconds. Again the doors will lock/unlock to confirm programming has been completed.
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Thanks a lot,that worked great!
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What is the 3 and 4 position? Is the 3 position the regular off position? and the 4 position the run position?
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Just went out to try to program my 2002 F150 so it would work off the remote starter for the wife's car. Tried using the aux button we do not use.

I could not get it to work. Turned the key off and on 8 times, the locks did lock and unlock. When I pressed the aux button nothing happened. The light did flash on the remote, but the power locks did not lock and unlock.

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What is the 3 and 4 position? Is the 3 position the regular off position? and the 4 position the run position?
#1 = OFF (where the cylinder is when you remove your key)
#2 = AUX (the position when you power the electrical devices [power windows] but the vehicle isn't running)
#3 = RUN (the position the key is in AFTER you start the engine and release the key)
#4 = START (When you engage the starter to get the engine running)
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#1 = OFF (where the cylinder is when you remove your key)
#2 = AUX (the position when you power the electrical devices [power windows] but the vehicle isn't running)
#3 = RUN (the position the key is in AFTER you start the engine and release the key)
#4 = START (When you engage the starter to get the engine running)
Thank you, any idea why I can't program the aux button on my wife ford focus remote starter to work with the locks on my ford f150?
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I am not familiar with a Ford remote that has an AUX button. Most older remotes look like this:


or without the blue button for a vehicle with no trunk.
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It is an aftermarket for her remote starter.
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It is an aftermarket for her remote starter.
That may be the problem. The instructions I posted were for OEM remotes.
Aftermarket remotes normally come with an instruction manual, or if not, they probably have a website where you can download manuals.
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Thank you. I will look and see what I can find on the internet.
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what years of fords does this programming work for?
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the following are the programming instructions for 97 and up.
From the second post
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Thanks, I need an extra remote for a 2003, think I'll call the salvage yard today!

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