- May 18, 2005
- Reaction score
- City, State
- Uxbridge Ontario Canada
- Year, Model & Trim Level
- 1998 5.0L V8 XLT
Just got our '98 XLT, with only one key, and then found out about the PATS (Passive Anti-Theft / SecuriLock System ) key thing. Don't really want to pay the dealer 120 bux plus to do up 2 additional keys, so I have been reading on the Inet about PATS.
Found this at: www.fordf150.net/howto/patskey.php
On-Board Programming Method "B"
for Ford keys (1996 -early 1998 Ford, Lincoln, Mercury)
If you want to initiate a new master key....
1. Insert new key into ignition cylinder and turn it to the ON (RUN) position. The security light on the dash will flash for fifteen minutes.
2. When the security light stops flashing, you have FIVE minutes to start the next step. Turn the ignition cylinder OFF and then back to the ON (RUN) position. The security light on the dash will flash for fifteen more minutes.
3. When the security light stops flashing, you have FIVE minutes to start the next step. Turn the ignition cylinder to OFF and then back ON (RUN) position. The dash will flash for fifteen more minutes.
4. After the security light stops flashing the third time, the new key has been programmed into the vehicles computer and will operate the car. It has replaced ALL the previous electronic key codes and is the ONLY key programmed into the vehicles computer.
The owners manual I have makes no mention of this proceedure and says with less than two working keys programming additional ones cannot be done except by a dealer with special equipment. Can anyone confirm that the above proceedure will actually work and WILL NOT leave me stranded with a car that no longer recognizes its own key?
The other cheat I have been considering, is to put the good PATS key somewhere hidden from view inside the car, where the computer can sense its presence. Then I would get a few conventional keys made for family members to use instead, to operate the mechanics of the ignition switch.
Does the car really know or care if the PATS key is actually in the ignition or is it happy just to have it somewhere within communications distance?
Advice & experiences welcome, thanks,