Just bought a 1999 Ford Ka. Only one (black!) key available.
Went to Ford dealer to get a second key cut.
Apparently I have to buy two additional keys (one red master
and one black key) and then
have them cut by a locksmith and then programmed by
a Ford dealer. Total cost about EUR100 ($110 / £70)
Anyone know if there are any cheaper alternatives out there?
Or can I cripple the security/transponder thingy and just use
the mechanical key?
Well if you just want to cripple PATS, tape the one good key you have
under the dash near the sterring column (or in the colum if there is
room). Then you can use a conventional key all the time. There is an
"antenna wire that runs from the PATS module to the keylock. If you can
find that, tape the good key to that wire. If you are worried about
someone finding the good key and using it to steal the car, just mess up
the key cut so it won't work. With the transponder key located close
enough to the antenna, any conventionl non-PATS key will work as long as
it has the proper cut.
Before you disable the pats, have a quick look here.
I think you may be able to program the new key yourself.
I think the ka and the escort use same pats system.
maybe somebody else can give more precise knowledge.
For newer Fords you need two working PATS keys to prgram a third key. They did
this to keep parking attendants from making working copies, but it is a pain
in the butt if you loose one of the keys before you program the third. A
dealer can use there equipment to program keys directly, but they usually
charge a lot.
Vicky Vale wrote:
Ed, I just love this solution. I love it. So simple.
So obvious. Why didn't I think of it? :-)
Now to find a locksmith who will cut some cheap non-PATS keys.
I assume it will be a lot cheaper than a key with the transponder included.
Will post the results of my efforts.
Do some research on stolen cars. You might change your tune a little. There is
nothing "evil" about the PATS key. It is relatively cheap and works well. The
vehicles that have it, have it for a reason. Most of those vehicles are stolen,
and stolen a lot.
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