HOW TO GUIDE: Mazda Navajo RKE Keyfob Programming

Mazda Navajo RKE Keyfob Programming

Here is the tutorial on how to program the RKE keyfob on the Mazda Navajo from the years 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994. Please follow the instructions below to guide you in programming the remote.

Mazda Navajo 1991-1994 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.


  • 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 of Mazda Navajo

The Mazda Navajo is a rebadged version of the Ford Explorer. It was Mazda’s first SUV, and was offered with a choice of rear-wheel drive or 4WD. The Navajo stopped production after three years when it was replaced by the Ford Escape-based Mazda Tribute.

I really hope that you find this guide to be useful. This guide will walk you through the process of programming the RKE keyfob that came standard on Mazda Navajo manufactured in 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994. Please be sure to follow the directions that are provided above in order to successfully program the remote.

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