I've searched all over for the location of the "Computer Module" that the
five digit code is supposedly on.
My wife bought a used Explorer 2002 XLT the we don't have the code to open
the keyless entry. The dealer wants $75 to find it for us. (We bought
vehicle at CarMax not the dealer)
My stepfathers Expedition has it under the drivers side steering column. I
looked in there as well as in the jack location as so many internet sites
propose, not there either.
I found this with a Yahoo search:
On 2002 and later Explorer and Mountaineer models the keyless entry computer
module with the attached code is on the upper right hand pillar behind rear
seat. Gently coax the upper panel off, then pull the lower panel slightly
away at the front. You can read the 5 bold numerals fairly easy. It's a
little tricky getting the top panel back, but a few tries will do it. I did
it with a flashlight and dome light at night. Good luck.
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What you have said may or may not be true for a 2002 Explorer. During
the 2002 model year Ford changed the keyless entry module. Vehicles
built before March 2002 will have the number on the module like you
stated above. Vehicles built after March 2002 use a different system and
the module is different (called a "vehicle security module" or "body
security module") and it is in a different location (rear, right hand
side immediately behind the second row seats inside the "c" pillar,
under the plastic trim) . I have heard that the code is not printed on
the vehicle security module, although the Ford Service Manual says that
it is. From the Ford Service Manual -
"The keyless entry keypad can be used to unlock the driver door or lock
and unlock all the doors and release the liftgate window glass. It also
lights the keypad lamp, allows one user code to be programmed and issues
illuminated entry on/off requests to the instrument cluster when locking
"The permanent entry code is located on the owner code card in the glove
compartment. It is electronically accessible using a diagnostic tool and
is labeled on the central security module (early build) or vehicle
security module (late build)."
The original style system ("vehicle security module") had the permanent
code hardwired into the module at the module manufacturer. The "vehicle
security module" is programmed with the code on the Ford production
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