How Programming Your Keyless Entry Can Make Your Life Easier

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We’ve all been there; you approach your vehicle on your way to work or the grocery store when you spot the very car key that should be lying dormant in your pants pocket, living it up on your center console. Sitting there laughing at you as you frantically try to figure out a way to retrieve them without resorting to the ‘ol brick through the window solution. You may be wondering “Is there a better way”, well I’m here to tell you there is.

Simple Solution

It’s called the Keyless Entry Key Pad and if you own a Ford vehicle that isn’t a base model chances are you already have it. Ford vehicles with Keyless Entry have a programmed factory code which it already recognizes. These codes are usually located on the back of you manual booklet. If you choose to memorize the factory code more power to you. However, If you know you won’t be able to remember the 5-digit code then read on as I’ll walk you through how to customize your vehicles Key Pad with a 5-digit number you’re more familiar with.

How to Program

When programming an alternate code into your key pad, make sure you have your Keyless Entry factory code in hand and the 5-digit number you want in mind.
  • Lock all the doors and enter in the 5-digit factory code.
  • Within five seconds press the 1/2 button.
  • Within five seconds of the doors unlocking/locking, enter in the 5-digit code you wish to use.
  • Once you’ve entered the new code wait for the confirmation (unlocking/locking of the doors) to know that your new code was accepted.
  • Test to ensure your vehicle has accepted the new key code. Pretty simple, huh?

Programming with MyFord Touch

If your vehicle has the MyFord Touch system there are two separate ways to program your Keyless Entry Code. The first was described in the section above, the second involves using the MFT (MyFord Touch) screen from within your vehicle.
  • Begin by pressing the “Menu” button located on the top of the Home Screen.
  • Click “Vehicle” located on the left menu list.
  • Select “Door Keypad Code” from the list.
  • Enter in your factory key code.
  • Then enter in the 5-digit key code of your choice.
  • Once completed your Keyless Entry code will be changed allowing you to use that code to enter your vehicle.

Easter Eggs

Your Keyless Entry Key Pad can do more than just unlock the driver side door.

  • Once you enter in your key code press button 3/4 to unlock all doors
  • If you press button 5/6 after your key code is entered it will open your lift gate if you vehicle is equipped with one.
  • Instead of fumbling around with your keys to find the lock button just press button7/8 and 9/0 at the same time to lock all your doors.


Make sure you do not throw away the Keyless Entry card that has your factory 5-digit code on it. The reason being, if you your battery dies the door code will reset to the factory code. Also don’t keep the card in your glove box. If you’re locked out because of a dead battery it won’t do you any good inside of your car.

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  • ford4life69

    2011 Taurus code found in the owners manual doesn’t work. When I try to press the 1/2 it flickers instead of giving a clear indicator light. I can’t find any replacement parts for this. Is there a way to program it to something that doens’t require that button??

  • David

    i’m having a problem every time I recode the keyless remote entry the door key entry stops worrking

  • kurt

    my pad is no longer working after a couple years…is battery dead

    • Allison

      Could it be a fuse?

  • Carrie Ingram

    I need help. I’ve locked my keys in my car and my code isn’t working. What do I do?

  • Joe

    I erased the factory code by accident. Can I reprogram it? I know what it was. If so how?

    • joe

      Oh, and it is a 2016 F250. Please help. Thanks

      • Kimberly Tharpe

        Did you get an answer to this? I did the same thing….

    • Cymphyne

      Did u get the answer to this I did same thing


    When I boughty ford edge they did not give me a factory code for my keyless entry, is there a way to reset with out knowing this

    • johntate90210

      I was sure they didn’t give me the code either. I looked and looked through the papers. Eventually I did find it but I can’t remember where it was. You may just be overlooking it like I was. You can supposedly remove the center console somehow and it’s written on a module. It seems like I read that some are hidden behind a panel between the front and rear windows, too.

  • Ryan

    This is my situation as well on my 2015 F-250. I accidentally erased the factory code from my MyTouch screen inside the truck. I want to be able to access the feature from the display, but it no longer accepts my factory code. How can this be put back in the system. The exterior pad feature still works and allows me to add custom codes, but I want the ability back from the inside display.

  • Mark

    the dealer didn’t know what the code is on my 2009 Ford Escape is there a way of reprogramming this code or finding it somewhere on the car

    • Walter Grace

      Remove the center console and look for the five digit number on the body control module.

  • CiCi

    how can i read your comments. i have the very same problem. can someone please post without locking the answers to this very serious question? this guy is harassing me and my daughter. i love my car and i dont want to give up my car becuz he has my code. please help.

    • Lorilu

      The only answer the dealer gave me was that I could pay to have a new lock module installed. It costs a bit, hundreds of dollars, but it would be worth it to keep you and your daughter safe from a harasser. Call the dealer and ask for their best price and fastest service. It is better than having to give up your car.