Keyless entry remote programming for Ford 1995-2008

If you get a new remote or change the battery in your remote you may need to reprogram your vehicle to accept the keyless entry remote or key fob. This procedure works for a lot of 1998-2008 ford vehicles, see below for vehicles that the procedure works on and vehicles that use a slight variation on this procedure. I attempted to get this list accurate, I apologize because mistakes were probably made.


The procedure:

1. Turn ignition from OFF to RUN 8 times within 10 seconds, with the 8th time ending in
RUN. Door locks will cycle to confirm programming mode.

2. Within 20 seconds press any button on first keyless remote. Door locks will cycle
to confirm programming.

3. Within 20 seconds, press any button on second keyless remote. Door locks will
cycle again to confirm programming.

4. Turn ignition to OFF. Locks will again cycle to indicate end of programming mode.


This exact procedure should work for

Crown Victoria 2007-2008

Expedition 1998-2009

Explorer 1998-2001

Escape 2001-2007

Escort 1997-2003

Excursion 2000-2006

F150-F250 1998-2003

F250-550 Super Duty 2001-2008

Mustang 1999-2009

Ranger 1998-2008

Taurus 1998-2007


Variation: Same procedure but turn on ignition 5 times

Expedition 1997

Explorer 95-1997

F150-F250 1997

F250-550 Super Duty 1999-2000

Ranger 1995-1997

Taurus 1996-1997


Variation: Same procedure but turn on ignition 4 times

Crown Victoria 2000–2006


Variation: Close doors first then open drivers door and press power unlock switch in door then continue procedure.

Explorer 2002-2008


Variation: Unlock doors with power unlock switch in door, do not press break pedal, continue procedure. (Program all remotes at once)

F150-F250 2004-2009

5 thoughts on “Keyless entry remote programming for Ford 1995-2008”

  1. Thank you for this information. I’m having trouble getting two remotes programmed. I have a 2006 f250. I can get one remote to work but the other one stops working. Do you have any advice? Thank you.

    • When you get your vehicle into program mode it forgets all other remotes. To program more than one remote you must program ALL remotes one right after the other in the same program mode session. After you get the vehicle to accept the first remote and the door locks or horn indicates the remote was accepted do it on the next remote within a few second, once done you can exit program mode.

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