Did you say what year your Ford is? My 2000 takes a trip to the dealershop
and about $80. I had two made at the same time that way if I lose one they
can make another with just the two keys and no time on the car computer at
only $20. Yipes did I say ONLY $20!!
[This followup was posted to alt.autos.ford and a copy was sent to the
If you have TWO keys already programmed, then you can usually add more
If you only have one key, then the dealer or somebody with a scanner
that can access the PATS security system will be required to add it in.
You can see if local hardware or other stores carry secure keys for
your Ford. Otherwise, you may need the key itself cut at a Ford or
Basically, when you get a new car, the FIRST thing you should do is
get one or two spares made, preferably as part of the deal. Put them in
a safe place. That way, if you lose one, you will still always have at
least 2 left and make it easier to program in a replacement.
If there is a no_junk in my address, please REMOVE it before replying!
All junk mail senders will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the
Sound advice..... I realize that the charge that the dealer extracts can
seem usurious...... (here comes the 'however')..... however, if we lose a
PATs key, can we be sure that the person finding it can't find our car? The
majority of PATs systems can handle up to 8 programmed keys..... While it
may sound either anal or overkill, the dealer can erase ALL existing keys
and reprogram only those keys that you wish to be authorized for your
The thrust of the matter is that a key is missing... we don't know who has
the key.... simply adding a new key does not disable the missing key.
For a very few dollars, I can do mindless things with little regard for the
outcome....... For a slightly larger cash outlay, I can try and cover all
Actually, you're close, but not quite.
I know who has the missing key.
His name is Ivan. HURRICANE Ivan.
I live in Northwest Florida and my house was destroyed by Hurricane
An 11 foot wave/surge hit my house. When the front door blasted out,
four feet of sea water ended up inside. Then the back doors blasted out
and dumped my stuff in the pool. $140,000.00 damage to my house and
property. So my key was stolen by Ivan.
If anyone finds him, put your foot up his butt for me.
If you could only know how many thousands of people are fighting major
major battles with their insurance companies to get paid for real stuff,
like roofs, like furniture, like siding, like trees on their houses...
a key isn't worth bothering with.
I'm still owed $30,000 for personal property.
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