HOW TO GUIDE: Ford Contour RKE Keyfob Programming

Ford Contour RKE Keyfob Programming

A step-by-step guide on programming the RKE Keyfob for the Ford Contour from 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000. Please see the instructions below for your reference.

ford contour keyfob programming key

  1. Enter Programming Mode – Step 1

    INSERT key into ignition and TURN from OFF to RUN/ACC.

    OFF is the position where you can remove your key, RUN/ACC is the position just shy of starting your vehicle.

  2. Enter Programming Mode – Step 2

    LOCATE the Programming Connector located behind the Glove Box Compartment.

    The Programming Connector consists of 2 wires and a plastic plug terminator with 2 pins.

    The pins will NOT be connected to anything.

  3. Enter Programming Mode – Step 3

    JUMP the 2 pins in the Programming Connector using a suitable metal jumping wire (example – paperclip).

  4. Program Remote

    PRESS any button on the remote to be programmed.

    Door locks will cycle Lock/Unlock to confirm successful programming of the remote.

    REPEAT this step IMMEDIATELY for any other remotes to be programmed to your vehicle.

  5. Exit Programming Mode

    TURN ignition to OFF to exit Programming Mode.

    The vehicle locks will cycle Lock/Unlock to indicate successful completion of programming.

  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.

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