HOW TO GUIDE: Ford Taurus RKE Keyfob Programming

A Step-by-Step Guide to Programming Your Ford Taurus RKE Keyfob

Ford Taurus RKE Keyfob Programming

This is a compilation of how to program the RKE Keyfob on Ford Taurus from the years 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Please follow the instructions below for your guide on how to perform the keyfob programming on your Ford Taurus.

Ford Taurus 1993-1995 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 Taurus 1996-1997 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 Taurus 1998-2007 RKE Keyfob Programming

Ford Taurus 1998-2007 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 Taurus 2008-2019 RKE Keyfob Programming (REMOTE HEAD KEY FOB)

Ford Taurus 2008-2019 RKE Keyfob Programming (REMOTE HEAD KEY FOB)

 

  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 Taurus 2008-2019 RKE Keyfob Programming (PEPS SMART KEY FOB REMOTE)

Ford Taurus 2008-2019 RKE Keyfob Programming (PEPS SMART KEY FOB REMOTE)

  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.

I really hope you find this tutorial useful in learning how to program your Ford Taurus. These instructions cover programming the RKE Keyfob for Ford Taurus models from 1993 to 2019, including those produced in those years as well as 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Please read on to find out how to program your Ford Taurus’ keyless entry remote.

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