HOW TO GUIDE: Ford ASPIRE Keyfob RKE Programming

Ford ASPIRE Keyfob RKE Programming

How to program the RKE Keyfob on a Ford Aspire from 1994, 1995, 1996, or 1997 in a quick and easy tutorial. Please follow the step-by-step instructions below as a guide.

  1. Enter Programming Mode – Step 1

    OPEN the driver’s side door.

  2. Enter Programming Mode – Step 2

    INSERT your key into the ignition cylinder and TURN to the ON position (just shy of cranking the engine).

  3. Enter Programming Mode – Step 3

    PRESS and HOLD the “Programming/Override” button (located under the driver’s side dashboard). Within 20 seconds, the vehicle will cycle the door locks and the horn will sound 3 times to indicate successful entry into programming mode.

    Do NOT release the “Programming/Override” button.

  4. Program Remote

    PRESS the Lock OR Unlock button on the first remote to be programmed. The vehicle will respond by cycline the door locks and the horn will sound 1 time to indicate successful programming.

    REPEAT this step to program up to 3 additional remotes (total of 4) to the vehicle.

  5. Exit Programming Mode

    RELEASE the “Programming/Override” button and TURN the ignition to OFF.

  6. Test Remotes

    TEST all remotes. Programming is now complete.


  • Verify the following prior to following these instructions:
    • Your vehicle is equipped with keyless entry, and
    • You have a key fob remote that is compatible with your vehicle.
  • Obtain all remote transmitters for this vehicle. This procedure will erase all previously programmed remotes. You must program all existing and new remotes that you wish to use on the vehicle at this time.
  • You may clear your keyless entry system memory by entering programming mode as shown in the steps above.

Note: If your vehicle cannot enter programming mode, then you cannot program any remote.  This indicates either no keyless entry installed on the vehicle or a defective keyless entry receiver module.

Quick information about Ford Aspire

The Ford Aspire was sold in North America from 1994 until 1997. It was the replacement for the Ford Festiva. The Aspire had very few options for the base model: cassette player, automatic transmission, rear defrost and wiper, alloy wheels, and a comfort and convenience package. “Avella” was a made-up portmanteau word, combining aveo (Latin for “desire”) and ella (Spanish for “she”. Sales of the Kia Avella totalled 115,576 in 1994 but dropped to only 27,850 in 1998. The Avella was primarily intended for export markets carrying Ford badging. (SOURCE:WIKI)

Thank you very much! This tutorial was compiled and researched with ❤️ by Erwin Salarda.