HOW TO GUIDE: Ford Explorer RKE Keyfob Programming

HOW TO GUIDE: Ford Explorer RKE Keyfob Programming 1

Ford Explorer RKE Keyfob Programming

RKE keyfob programming for Ford Explorer from 1993 to 1994, 1995 to 1996, 1997 to 1998, 1999 to 2000, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 to 2020. Please follow the step-by-step instructions below for helping with FOB programming.

Ford Explorer 1993-1994 RKE Keyfob Programming

Ford Explorer 1993-1994 RKE Keyfob Programming

  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 in the Rear Quarter Panel area.

    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.

Important:

  • 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.

Ford Explorer 1995-1997 RKE Keyfob Programming

Ford Explorer 1995-1997 RKE Keyfob Programming

  1. Enter Vehicle Programming Mode

    INSERT key into Ignition and TURN from OFF to RUN 5 times within 10 seconds, with the 5th time ending in RUN. Door locks will cycle to confirm Programming Mode.

  2. Program Remote

    Within 20 seconds press any button on first keyless remote fob. Door locks will cycle to confirm programming.

    (Repeat immediately for any additional remotes to be programmed.)

  3. Exit Programming Mode

    Turn ignition to OFF. Locks will again cycle to indicate end of programming mode.

  4. Test Remotes

    Test all remotes. Programming is now complete.

Important:

  • 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.

Ford Explorer 1998-2010 RKE Keyfob Programming

Ford Explorer 1998-2010 RKE Keyfob Programming

  1. Prepare Vehicle

    CLOSE and UNLOCK vehicle using power door locks.

  2. Enter Vehicle Programming Mode

    INSERT key into Ignition and TURN from OFF to RUN 8 times within 10 seconds, with the 8th time ending in RUN. Door locks will cycle to confirm Programming Mode.

  3. Program Remote

    Within 20 seconds press any button on first keyless remote fob. Door locks will cycle to confirm programming.

    (Repeat immediately for any additional remotes to be programmed.)

  4. Exit Programming Mode

    Turn ignition to OFF. Locks will again cycle to indicate end of programming mode.

  5. Test Remotes

    Test all remotes. Programming is now complete.

Important:

  • 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.

Ford Explorer 2011-2015 RKE Keyfob Programming

Ford Explorer 2011-2015 REMOTE HEAD KEY FOB Programming

Ford Explorer 2011-2015 REMOTE HEAD KEY FOB Programming

  1. Prepare Vehicle for Programming

    ENTER the vehicle and CLOSE the Driver’s Door.

  2. Confirm First Programmed Key – Step 1

    INSERT the first previously programmed transponder key into the ignition.

  3. Confirm First Programmed Key – Step 2

    TURN the ignition from Position 1 (LOCK/OFF) to Position 3 (RUN). KEEP the ignition in Position 3 (RUN) for at least 3 seconds, but no more than 10 seconds.

  4. Confirm First Programmed Key – Step 3

    TURN the ignition to Position 1 (LOCK/OFF) and REMOVE the first key from the ignition.

  5. Confirm Second Programmed Key – Step 1

    Within 10 seconds of turning the ignition to Position 1 (LOCK/OFF), INSERT the second previously programmed key into the ignition.

  6. Confirm Second Programmed Key – Step 2

    TURN the ignition from Position 1 (LOCK/OFF) to Position 3 (RUN). KEEP the ignition in Position 3 (RUN) for at least 3 seconds, but no more than 10 seconds.

  7. Confirm Second Programmed Key – Step 3

    TURN the ignition to Position 1 (LOCK/OFF) and REMOVE the second key from the ignition.

  8. Program New Remote Head Key – Step 1

    Within 20 seconds of turning the ignition to Position 1 (LOCK/OFF) and removing the second key, INSERT the NEW un-programmed key into the ignition.

  9. Program New Remote Head Key – Step 2

    TURN the ignition from Position 1 (LOCK/OFF) to Position 3 (RUN). KEEP the ignition in Position 3 (RUN) for at least 6 seconds.

  10. Exit Programming Mode

    REMOVE the NEW key from the ignition.

    If the key was successfully programmed, the theft indicator light will illuminate for 3 seconds and then go out to indicate successful programming of the key.

    If the key was NOT successfully programmed, the theft indicator light will FLASH on and off. Wait 20 seconds and repeat the process from Step 1.

  11. Test Remotes

    TEST all remotes. Programming is complete.

Important:

  • 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.
  • Remote Head Key Programming
    • You must have 2 working transponder chip remote head keys in order to program a new remote head key without the assistance of a professional.
    • The key to be programmed must be cut prior to beginning this programming procedure.
  • To program any additional new keys, wait 20 seconds and REPEAT this procedure.

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.

 

Ford Explorer 2011-2015 PEPS SMART KEY FOB REMOTE Programming

Ford Explorer 2011-2015 PEPS SMART KEY FOB REMOTE Programming

  1. Enter Programming Mode – Step 1

    Have two programmed PEPS smart keys inside the vehicle prior to beginning this procedure.

    PLACE the NEW un-programmed smart key in the pocket inside the center console utility compartment.

  2. Enter Programming Mode – Step 2

    PRESS the driver or passenger power door UNLOCK button 3 times.

  3. Enter Programming Mode – Step 3

    PRESS and RELEASE the brake pedal 1 time.

  4. Enter Programming Mode – Step 4

    PRESS the driver or passenger power door LOCK button 3 times.

  5. Enter Programming Mode – Step 5

    PRESS and RELEASE the brake pedal 1 time. The INDICATOR on the START/STOP button should begin to rapidly flash, indicating Programming Mode has been entered.

  6. Program New PEPS Smart Key Remote

    Within 1 minute, PRESS the START/STOP button on the vehicle. A message will be displayed on the message center indicating that the NEW smart key was programmed successfully.

  7. Exit Programming Mode

    REMOVE the smart key from the utility compartment pocket and PRESS the UNLOCK or LOCK button on the NEW programmed smart key to EXIT programming mode.

  8. Test Remotes

    TEST all remotes. Programming is complete.

Important:

  • 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.
  • You must have 2 working PEPS smart keys in order to program a new key without the assistance of a professional.

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.

 

Ford Explorer 2016-2020 RKE Keyfob Programming

Ford Explorer 2016-2020 FLIP KEY Programming

Ford Explorer 2016-2020 FLIP KEY Programming

  1. Confirm First Programmed Key – Step 1

    INSERT the first previously programmed transponder key into the ignition.

  2. Confirm First Programmed Key – Step 2

    TURN the ignition from OFF to ON. KEEP the ignition ON for at least 3 seconds, but no more than 10 seconds.

  3. Confirm First Programmed Key – Step 3

    TURN the ignition OFF and REMOVE the first key from the ignition.

  4. Confirm Second Programmed Key – Step 1

    After 3 seconds, but within 10 seconds of turning the ignition OFF, INSERT the second previously programmed key into the ignition.

  5. Confirm Second Programmed Key – Step 2

    TURN the ignition from OFF to ON. KEEP the ignition ON for at least 3 seconds, but no more than 10 seconds.

  6. Confirm Second Programmed Key – Step 3

    TURN the ignition OFF and REMOVE the second key from the ignition.

  7. Program New Flip Key – Step 1

    After 3 seconds but within 10 seconds of turning the ignition OFF and removing the second key, INSERT the NEW un-programmed key into the ignition.

  8. Program New Flip Key – Step 2

    TURN the ignition from OFF to ON. KEEP the ignition ON for at least 6 seconds.

  9. Exit Programming Mode

    REMOVE the NEW key from the ignition.

    If the key was successfully programmed, it will operate the remote entry system and start the vehicle’s engine.

    If the key was NOT successfully programmed, it will NOT work the remote entry system or start the vehicle’s engine. Wait 20 seconds and repeat the process from Step 1.

  10. Test Remotes

    TEST all remotes. Programming is complete.

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Important:

  • 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.
  • You must have 2 working transponder chip remote head keys in order to program a new remote head key without the assistance of a professional.
  • The key to be programmed must be cut prior to beginning this programming procedure.
  • To program any additional new keys, wait 20 seconds and REPEAT this procedure.

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.

 

Ford Explorer 2016-2020 PROXIMITY SMART KEY FOB REMOTE Programming

Ford Explorer 2016-2020 PROXIMITY SMART KEY FOB REMOTE Programming

  1. Confirm First Programmed Smart Key – Step 1

    PLACE the first programmed smart key in the backup slot in the center console.

    The key ring MUST be at the top with the buttons facing towards the FRONT of the vehicle.

  2. Confirm First Programmed Smart Key – Step 2

    PRESS the START/STOP button on the vehicle.

  3. Confirm First Programmed Smart Key – Step 3

    WAIT 5 seconds and PRESS the START/STOP button on the vehicle AGAIN.

  4. Confirm First Programmed Smart Key – Step 4

    REMOVE the first programmed key from the center console.

  5. Confirm Second Programmed Smart Key – Step 1

    Within 10 seconds, PLACE the second programmed smart key in the backup slot in the center console.

  6. Confirm Second Programmed Smart Key – Step 2

    PRESS the START/STOP button on the vehicle.

  7. Confirm Second Programmed Smart Key – Step 3

    WAIT 5 seconds and PRESS the START/STOP button on the vehicle AGAIN.

  8. Confirm Second Programmed Smart Key – Step 4

    REMOVE the second programmed key from the center console.

  9. Program New Smart Key – Step 1

    WAIT 5 seconds and PLACE the NEW un-programmed smart key in the backup slot in the center console.

  10. Program New Smart Key – Step 2

    PRESS the START/STOP button on the vehicle.

  11. Program New Smart Key – Step 3

    WAIT 5 seconds and PRESS the START/STOP button on the vehicle AGAIN.

  12. Test Remotes

    TEST all remotes. Programming is complete.

Important:

  • 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.
  • You MUST have 2 working smart keys (keys that start your vehicle) in order to perform this programming procedure without the assistance of a professional.
  • A MAXIMUM of 4 smart keys can be programmed to your vehicle. If you’ve had 4 programmed in the past, seek the assistance of a professional programmer.
  • Ensure that the vehicle is OFF prior to beginning this procedure. CLOSE all doors prior to beginning this procedure.
  • You MUST perform ALL steps within 30 seconds of starting the programming procedure.
  • You MUST wait 60 seconds before repeating the procedure after an unsuccessful attempt.

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.

The complete guide of the RKE keyfob programming for the Ford Explorer from 1993 to 2020. In order to have a better understanding of how to program the FOB, please be sure to follow the step-by-step instructions that are provided above.

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