Key Fob

Discussion in '3rd Gen 1997-2002 2.0L SOHC' started by Rallyscort199, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. Rallyscort199

    Rallyscort199 New Member

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    when i got my car it was sold with a key fob (not a aftermarket one but a stock one) it has lock unlock panic and trunk release and it says under the buttons drivers door only. the remote does nothing when you press any buttons.(already replaced the batteries) is there anything inside the car that would tell me if my car was equiped with wireless or not?
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    Brtngeek New Member

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    Turn your key from off to on 5 times, your door locks will lock then unlock themselves....then just press the lock or unlock button....that will set your keyfob to your car.
  3. Rallyscort199

    Rallyscort199 New Member

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    that did nothing is there a fuse or something else that would stop it. it says that it only unlocks my drivers door does that affect anything? would the power lock motor be broken? i just asked my dad and he said it worked when he drove the car the first month he had it then it mysterously stoped working.
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    Try turn the key on and off 8 times in less than 10 seconds... (That's how it works for the 98 models). You might have a late '97 that works that way.
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    syber_tyger New Member

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    ^^^ once you get it to do that, don't you hit the lock button on your FOB to get it to match up with the car? I'm not 100% clear on the process, as i've never had to do it, but i've read about it a few times...
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    Brtngeek New Member

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    Yeah hit the lock buytton
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    Here's the exact wording of how to program the key FOB (Cut directly from the PDF version of Ford's 1998 Escort owner's manual)
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    To reprogram the transmitters, place the key in the ignition and switch from OFF to ON eight times in rapid succession (within 10 seconds).

    After doors lock/unlock, press any button on all transmitters (up to four). With each button press of the transmitters, the door should cycle (lock/unlock) to confirm programming.

    When completed, switch the ignition to OFF. The door locks should cycle (lock/unlock) one last time to confirm completion of programming.
  8. Rallyscort199

    Rallyscort199 New Member

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    where can i get a replacment key fob i think mine is dead.
  9. tkruger

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    EBay has them cheep. Just make sure to get one for your year range of Ford.
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    You need to match the FCC ID printed on the back. Just type yours into ebay search and you should find some.
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    I got a new fob and reprogrammed it for the car, now the other one doesn't work? Why can't I get both to work?
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    you have to reprogram them all at the same time. just how you did the first one after you press lock and unlock on the fob continue on to the rest
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    Old thread I know but I thinking it is good go have this info all in one place.

    The car battery has been out of the 1998 Escort for over a week. After I put the battery back in the car now the key fob will not work to unlock the doors. Is this normal for the stock system to lose programing code or should I be looking at a problem with the key fob transmitter?
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    you can unplug the battery on the car and it should retain the program of the fob. you can try reprogramming the fob, but it sounds like the battery needs replaced.
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    The module will not go into program mode. I did the key to on and key to off 8 times in under 10 seconds. The locks didn't cycle. We looked and found no fuses open. It was getting late today and I needed to get home so we stopped working on the problem. We have had the hood open and closed several times when the battery was out of the car. Wonder if it could be a problem with the hood switch? Would that switch keep the module from working?
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    Has the security module in the trunk ever been replaced? I believe it stores the FOB info in non-volatile RAM, but in order to reprogram it, the VIN in the module has to match the VIN in the car's ECU. You either have to bring it to a Ford dealer, or use a free program like Forscan to update the VIN and reprogram the security module the first time.
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    I don't think the module has been replaced. The key fob was working two weeks ago before the battery was removed. I see that two fuses feed the RAP module, 10A Room and 5A Mirror/Radio. Also the door switches, hood switch and trunk switch.
    Thanks for the information about VIN must match. I do have Forscan.
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    FALSE. I've swapped modules between cars and been able to program fobs to them. I've even swapped a newer module into an older (97) escort and it worked fine.
    rbailin and bent_rod like this.
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    I've swapped a module from a 97 into another 97. The old FOB continued to work, but I couldn't ever get it into programming mode in the new car. I assumed it was due to a VIN mismatch as nothing else had changed. Maybe it's a bad ground in the back of the car and the module can't see the voltage fluctuate?
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    no clue. I noticed in some different cars you have to try a couple times before it works, and in some cars I had to go from ACC to ON and in some cars I had to go from OFF to ACC.

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