HOW TO GUIDE: Ford Probe RKE Keyfob Programming

Ford Probe RKE Keyfob Programming

Hello, my friend. Are you looking for a tutorial on how to program the RKE keyfob on your Ford Probe? Here it is. This is a tutorial on how to program the RKE Keyfob on the Ford Probe from the years 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1997. Please follow the instructions below for your reference.

Ford Probe RKE Keyfob Programming tutorial

  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.


  • 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.

Hello, buddy. Are you searching for a guide that will teach you how to configure the remote keyless entry (RKE) keyfob that comes with your Ford Probe? Here it is. This is a step-by-step guide that will teach you how to program the RKE Keyfob that came standard on Ford Probes manufactured in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1997. For your reference, the instructions are shown above. Please follow them.

Quick Information About Ford Probe

The Ford Probe is a liftback coupé produced by Ford, introduced in 1988 and produced until 1997. The Probe was derived from the Mazda G platform that underpinned the Mazda Capella. The design was based on a platform introduced to Ford by Japanese automaker Mazda. It was intended to gradually phase out the RWD Fox platform Mustang under the name “Mustang Classic” and have it eventually supplanted by the ST-16 as the ‘Mustang’. The car that would be released as the 1989 Ford Probe GT got its name from the codename “ST-16”.

Ford Mustang sales grew substantially after the article’s publication. Ford was still recovering from a financial crisis of the early 1980s that brought the company close to bankruptcy until the Taurus arrived. John Coletti, Ford’s small-car engineering manager and a vociferous opponent of the ST-16 Mustang, said of the project, “I would rather have seen the Mustang name die”. Ford Probe was released as the Ford Probe in 1988, taking the name from Ford’s line of futuristic concept vehicles. The Probe was a sales success in its first model year, owing to its futuristic styling and enjoyable driving experience.

A proposed third-generation Probe, which would have been based on the Ford Mondeo instead of being Mazda-derived, was scrapped in the late 1990s. Ford Probe was based on the Mazda GD platform, and was powered by a 2.2 L SOHC 12-valve 4-cylinder Mazda F2 engine. It debuted in 1988 for the 1989 model year and was produced until 1992 in the U.S. The Probe was available in several trim levels that differ depending on the market in which the vehicle was sold. Imports ceased during 1997, and its Cougar successor – launched a year later – was even less successful, being imported to Europe for just two years.

For 1993 and 1994, Ford offered a “SE” appearance package on the base model Probe. This was an appearance package and not an actual model or trim level. A limited edition of the Probe, marketed as the Probe “Feature Car”, had a Wild Orchid exterior color. Ford Probe GT was Motor Trend magazine’s Car of the Year for 1993. The “GTS” package was an appearance package and not an actual model or trim level. The last Probe was built on June 20, 1997.