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How to Program a Ford Key Fob: A Step-by-Step Guide with Tom's Key Company's EZ Installer™

Introduction

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you needed an extra key for your Ford but didn't know where to start? You're not alone. Programming a new key can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the process of programming a Ford key, specifically using Tom's Key Company's EZ Installer™.

Why You Might Need to Program a Ford Key

There are several scenarios where you might find yourself in need of a new key. Perhaps you've lost your only key, or maybe you're simply looking for a spare. Having an extra key can be a lifesaver, especially in emergencies. It's always better to be prepared, and that's where Tom's Key Company comes in.

Prerequisites for Using Tom's Key Company's EZ Installer™

Before you dive into the programming process, there are a few things you need to know. First, you must have at least one existing key that already works with your vehicle. Second, the new key blade must be cut before you begin the pairing process. Lastly, ensure that your vehicle's battery is in good condition and fully charged. These steps are crucial for a successful programming experience.

Types of Ford Keys

Ford keys come in various forms, each with its own set of features and functionalities:

Traditional Keys

These are your standard metal keys that are cut to fit the ignition of your Ford. They are the most basic form of keys and do not require any form of programming.

Transponder Keys

These keys come with a transponder chip inside that communicates with your car's ignition system. They need to be programmed to match your car's onboard computer.

Smart Keys

Smart keys, or key fobs, are the latest in key technology. They allow you to start your car without inserting a key into the ignition, usually by pressing a button on the key fob or inside the car.

Tools Needed for Ford Key Programming

To program your Ford key, you'll need the following:

  • A working Ford key
  • A new Ford key with a cut blade
  • Tom's Key Company's EZ Installer™

Step-by-Step Guide to Ford Key Programming with Tom's Key Company's EZ Installer™

Programming a new Ford key is a two-step process: KEY ACTIVATION and KEY PAIRING. Here's how to do it:

  • Insert a working key and turn the ignition to the ON position.
  • Plug the EZ Installer™ cable into the OBDII port.
  • Press and release the button on the EZ Installer™. You will hear a beep.
  • Follow the time-sensitive steps as prompted by the EZ Installer™.
  • Insert the new key and turn the ignition to the ON position.
  • Wait for the EZ Installer™ to beep twice, then turn OFF the ignition.
  • Turn the ignition to the ON position again with the same key.
  • After 10 seconds, the EZ Installer™ will beep twice, signaling a successful pairing.

For a more detailed guide, please refer to the instructions provided with your EZ Installer™.

Ford Models Covered by Tom's Key Company

At Tom's Key Company, we understand that Ford owners come from a diverse range of preferences and needs. That's why we offer a comprehensive selection of key programming solutions for various Ford models. Whether you drive a compact sedan, a versatile SUV, or a stylish coupe, we've got you covered. Here are just a few of the Ford models that we proudly cater to:

  • Ford Bronco Sport
    • Ford Bronco Sport 2021-2021
  •  Ford C-MAX
    • Ford C-MAX 2013-2016
    • Ford C-MAX 2013-2017 Push Button Start
    • Ford C-MAX 2017-2018
    • Ford C-MAX 2019-2019
  • Ford C-MAX Energi
    • Ford C-MAX Energi 2013-2017 Push Button Start
  • Ford E-Series Van
    • Ford E-Series Van 2021-2022
  • Ford EcoSport
    • Ford EcoSport 2018-2020 
  • Ford Edge
    • Ford Edge 2007-2010
    • Ford Edge 2011-2014
    • Ford Edge 2012-2015 Push Button Start
    • Ford Edge 2015-2017 Push Button Start
    • Ford Edge 2017-2017 Push Button Start
    • Ford Edge 2018-2020 Push Button Start
  • Ford Escape
    • Ford Escape 2008-2012
    • Ford Escape 2013-2017
    • Ford Escape 2013-2018 Push Button Start
    • Ford Escape 2018-2019
    • Ford Escape 2019-2019 Push Button Start
    • Ford Escape 2020-2020
    • Ford Escape 2021-2021
  • Ford Expedition
    • Ford Expedition 2002-2002
    • Ford Expedition 2004-2004
    • Ford Expedition 2005-2011
    • Ford Expedition 2009-2011
    • Ford Expedition 2012-2014
    • Ford Expedition 2015-2017
    • Ford Expedition 2015-2017 Push Button Start
    • Ford Expedition 2018-2019 Push Button Start
    • Ford Expedition 2018-2020
  •  Ford Explorer
    • Ford Explorer 2001-2001
    • Ford Explorer 2004-2010
    • Ford Explorer 2011-2012 Push Button Start
    • Ford Explorer 2011-2015
    • Ford Explorer 2013-2014 Push Button Start
    • Ford Explorer 2015-2015 Push Button Start
    • Ford Explorer 2016-2016 Push Button Start
    • Ford Explorer 2016-2019
    • Ford Explorer 2017-2017 Push Button Start
    • Ford Explorer 2018-2018 Push Button Start
    • Ford Explorer 2020-2020
  • Ford Explorer Sport
    • Ford Explorer Sport 2001-2003
  • Ford F-150
    • Ford F-150 2001-2003
    • Ford F-150 2004-2010
    • Ford F-150 2011-2014
    • Ford F-150 2015-2017
    • Ford F-150 2015-2017 Push Button Start
    • Ford F-150 2019-2019
    • Ford F-150 2019-2019 Push Button Start
    • Ford F-150 2020-2020
  • Ford F-250
    • Ford F-250 2001-2007
    • Ford F-250 2004-2007
    • Ford F-250 2008-2010
    • Ford F-250 2011-2016
    • Ford F-250 2017-2017
    • Ford F-250 2017-2017 Push Button Start
    • Ford F-250 2018-2018 Push Button Start
    • Ford F-250 2018-2020
    • Ford F-250 2020-2020 Push Button Start
    • Ford F-250 2021-2021
  • Ford F-350
    • Ford F-350 2001-2007
    • Ford F-350 2004-2007
    • Ford F-350 2008-2010
    • Ford F-350 2011-2016
    • Ford F-350 2017-2017
    • Ford F-350 2017-2017 Push Button Start
    • Ford F-350 2018-2020
    • Ford F-350 2018-2020 Push Button Start
    • Ford F-350 2021-2021
  •  Ford F-450
    • Ford F-450 2008-2008
    • Ford F-450 2012-2016
    • Ford F-450 2017-2017
    • Ford F-450 2017-2017 Push Button Start
    • Ford F-450 2018-2020
    • Ford F-450 2021-2021
  •  Ford F-550
    • Ford F-550 2010-2016
    • Ford F-550 2017-2017
    • Ford F-550 2017-2017 Push Button Start
    • Ford F-550 2018-2020
    • Ford F-550 2021-2022
  • Ford F-650
    • Ford F-650 2015-2017 Push Button Start
    • Ford F-650 2016-2019
    • Ford F-650 2018-2018 Push Button Start
  •  Ford F-750
    • Ford F-750 2015-2017 Push Button Start
    • Ford F-750 2016-2019
    • Ford F-750 2018-2018 Push Button Start
    • Ford F-750 2020-2022 
  • Ford Fiesta
    • Ford Fiesta 2011-2019
  • Ford Five Hundred
    • Ford Five Hundred 2005-2007
  • Ford Flex
    • Ford Flex 2009-2014
    • Ford Flex 2013-2014 Push Button Start
    • Ford Flex 2015-2018
    • Ford Flex 2015-2019 Push Button Start
  • Ford Focus
    • Ford Focus 2005-2011
    • Ford Focus 2012-2017
    • Ford Focus 2012-2018 Push Button Start
    • Ford Focus 2018-2018
  • Ford Freestar
    • Ford Freestar 2004-2005
  •  Ford Freestyle
    • Ford Freestyle 2007-2007
  • Ford Fusion
  • Ford Fusion 2006-2012 *Not compatible with Fusion Hybrid.
  • Ford Fusion 2013-2016
  • Ford Fusion 2013-2016 Push Button Start
  • Ford Fusion 2017-2018 Push Button Start
  •  Ford GT
    • Ford GT 2005-2006
  •  Ford Mustang
    • Ford Mustang 2005-2014
    • Ford Mustang 2015-2017 Push Button Start
  •  Ford Ranger
    • Ford Ranger 2019-2020
    • Ford Ranger 2021-2022
  •  Ford Taurus
    • Ford Taurus 2008-2017
    • Ford Taurus 2013-2015 Push Button Start
    • Ford Taurus 2016-2018 Push Button Start
    • Ford Taurus 2018-2019
  • Ford Taurus X
    • Ford Taurus X 2008-2009
  • Ford Transit
    • Ford Transit 2013-2013
    • Ford Transit 2014-2018
    • Ford Transit 2019-2020
    • Ford Transit 2021-2021 
  • Ford Transit Connect
    • Ford Transit Connect 2015-2018

This is just a glimpse of the extensive range of Ford models that we offer key programming solutions for. At Tom's Key Company, we're committed to providing you with the right tools and services to ensure that you're never locked out of your Ford.

For a complete list of Ford models we cater to, visit our Ford Collection Page.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

  • Not having a fully charged battery
  • Not following the time-sensitive steps promptly
  • Using an uncut new key for programming

Cost of Ford Key Programming

Programming a new key can cost anywhere from $50 to $150 if done by a professional. However, with Tom's Key Company's EZ Installer™, you can do it yourself and save a significant amount of money.

How to Program a Ford Key Yourself

Programming a Ford key yourself is not only possible but also quite simple with the right tools. Tom's Key Company's EZ Installer™ makes the process straightforward and user-friendly, allowing you to program your key in the comfort of your own home.

Ford Key Programming Near Me

With Tom's Key Company, you don't have to worry about finding a local service. Our online platform provides all the tools and instructions you need, making us your go-to "near me" solution for Ford key programming.

Nationwide Service, Local Convenience: Your 'Near Me' Solution for Ford Key Programming

Tom's Key Company serves customers nationwide through our online platform, making us the ultimate "near me" solution for all your Ford key programming needs.

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Glossary of Definitions Section

Key Programming Terminology Explained

  • Transponder: A small chip in the key that communicates with the car's computer.
  • OBDII Port: On-Board Diagnostics port, usually located under the dashboard, used for programming keys among other things.
  • Key Fob: A type of security hardware device with built-in authentication used to control and secure access to network services and data.

Comparison Section

How Tom's Key Company Compares to Dealerships and Locksmiths

When it comes to cost, convenience, and reliability, Tom's Key Company stands out as a superior option for Ford key programming. Unlike dealerships and locksmiths, we provide you with all the tools and guidance you need to program your key yourself, saving you both time and money.

Safety Tips

Safety Precautions When Programming Your Ford Key

Always ensure that your vehicle is in PARK and that the engine is OFF before starting the programming process. Also, make sure to turn off all other electrical components like headlights and radio to minimize battery drain.

Troubleshooting Section

What to Do If Your Ford Key Programming Fails

If you encounter any issues during the programming process, most problems can be resolved by restarting the process from the beginning. If the issue persists, Tom's Key Company offers full customer support to help you through any challenges you may face.

Additional Services

Other Services Offered by Tom's Key Company

In addition to Ford key programming, Tom's Key Company offers a range of other services, including key cutting by photo, key repair kits, and more.

Conclusion

Programming a Ford key doesn't have to be a complicated or costly affair. With the right tools and guidance, you can easily do it yourself and save a significant amount of money in the process. So why wait? Visit Tom's Key Company today for all your Ford key programming needs.