Electronic keys

I seem to have lost the second electronic key for my 99 Taurus. Are these difficult and costly to replace?

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If you only have one key, then you not only have the cost of the key, but will need the dealer to program it in (more money). You can only add keys on your own if you have TWO keys already programmed in.
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Moses wrote:

Difficult no, costly yes. If you only have one key and want another, you have to buy the transponder key and have it cut. Then the dealer (or a locksmith eith the proper equipment) has to introduce the key to the PATS system. Figure on $75-100. It's a good idea to keep 3 keys. With 2 good keys, a third can be set up without a trip to the dealer in about 30 seconds.
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So what happens if you had two sets of electronic keys but now have none? Can't Ford supply replacements using the VIN?
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If you mean by typing the VIN into the shop computer to obtain the information relative to that particular vehicle then using that information in the coded key cutter machine, yes. The is no cheap way to do it without both keys, however. The reason for two keys is to prevent an unauthorized person from using one key to acquire another. If one could simply get a key cut and programmed from the VIN, or a single, anybody could get a get for anyone's vehicle
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Mike Hunter wrote:

A lot of folks complain about the cost of getting new transponder keys and the inconvenience of having one key programmed. It's all about theft resistance. If it was easy for the owner, it would be easy for a car thief.
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Moses wrote:

If you have proof that the car is yours (title, registration, deed to the ranch, your first born male child) the dealer can cut new keys. The PATS system in the vehicle will still need the keys to be "programmed in" using the NGS, WDS, or whatever else they use now. No keys presents another issue, a tow bill.
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