I want to buy a couple of extra transponder keys for my Ford
Freestyle. I’ve seen Ford transponder keys on Ebay, but they’re
advertised to be for certain models (e.g., Fird Expedition, 2001-2005,
etc, etc.). My question is this: Will these keys work in my
Freestyle (assuming it’s cut for my car)?
If not, does anybody know where I can buy these transponder keys for
better than dealer prices?
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My Escape has the procedure in the Owner's Manual:
Programming spare keys
A maximum of eight keys can be coded to your vehicle. Only
SecuriLocky keys can be used. To program a coded key yourself, you
will need two previously programmed coded keys (keys that already
operate your vehicle's engine) and the new unprogrammed key(s) readily
accessible for timely implementation of each step in the procedure.
If two previously programmed coded keys are not available, you must
bring your vehicle to your dealership to have the spare coded key(s)
Please read and understand the entire procedure before you begin.
Locks and Security
1. Insert the first previously
programmed coded key into the
ignition and turn the ignition from 2
(ACC) to 3 (RUN) (maintain
ignition in 3 (RUN) for at least one
2. Turn ignition to 1 (LOCK) and
remove the first coded key from
3. Within ten seconds of turning the
ignition to 2 (ACC), insert the second previously programmed coded
key into the ignition and turn the ignition from 2 (ACC) to 3 (RUN)
(maintain ignition in 3 (RUN) for at least one second but no more than
4. Turn the ignition to 1 (LOCK) and remove the second coded key
from the ignition.
5. Within 20 seconds of turning the ignition to 2 (ACC), insert the new
unprogrammed key (new key/valet key) into the ignition and turn the
ignition from 2 (ACC) to 3 (RUN) (maintain ignition in 3 (RUN) for at
least one second). This step will program your new key to a coded key.
6. To program additional new unprogrammed key(s), repeat this
procedure from step 1.
If successful, the new coded key(s) will start the vehicle's engine and the
theft indicator will illuminate for three seconds and then go out.
If not successful, the new coded key(s) will not start the vehicle's engine
and the theft indicator will flash on and off and you may repeat steps 1
through 6. If failure repeats, bring your vehicle to your dealership to
have the new spare key(s) programmed.
Since Ford is polite enough to make the Owner's Guide available as a pdf,
and I already have it on my laptop, I should have looked. I thought ... I
remembered ... Yep. Remote transmitter reprogramming is in there, but for
the keys: "If you lose your dealer supplied keys, replacement keys are
available through your authorized dealer."
The Ford 500 guide has a key reprogramming section.
The standard Ford Escape has a key reprogramming section.
My 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid does not... go figure.
Most importantly for the original poster, the Freestar has the procedure.
Clarence A Dold - Hidden Valley (Lake County) CA USA 38.8,-122.5
If you have two Ford keys already programmed, you can program subsequent
keys yourself. If you only have one, you have to take the car to a
Ford dealer (or a very well-equipped locksmith) to get more keys programmed.
The blank keys can be cut the same as your existing keys by any locksmith.
Search ebay for 'Ford Freestyle Key', there are two available right now
(about 8 hours left on those auctions).
I have bought keys from ebay for my Ford Focus and programmed them myself.
There are several different "flavours" of Ford PATs keys. The programming
procedure (if you have two programmed keys available) are straightforward
and spelled out in the owners manual. It is important, though, to choose the
correct key blank for the application.... Our dealer tech website is down
for it's weekly housekeeping so I'm not much help on choosing the right
blank at this time.
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