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Following Procedure B on this website, I was able to program the buttons on a new key fob. However, the car does not start and the screen says something along the lines of key not recognized. 

 

This is for a 2015 Ford Transit Connect. 

 

Some background info: I bought a blank key fob on Amazon and had it cut locally. Mechanically, the key open my doors fine and the buttons on the new fob unlock and lock the doors as they should. 

 

Has anyone come across this issue or could recommend me a working tutorial on this?

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One issue may be the difference between the key fob security for operating the locks which I believe is just a coded radio signal, and the security key itself which I believe relies on a special chip inside the metal key itself. An aftermarket key may not have the chip in the metal key that will allow it to start the car due to the anti-theft not being satisfied, even if the signal from the plastic fob can unlock the door.

 

There is a seperate programming procedure for getting the Passive Anti-Theft system to recognize the security keys themselves that is seperate from just programming the fob to operate the doors. The following procedure is from my 2015 manual, starting on page 59.

 

"Programming a Spare Integrated Keyhead Transmitter You can program your own integrated keyhead transmitter or standard SecuriLock coded keys to your vehicle. This procedure will program both the engine immobilizer keycode and the remote entry portion of the remote control to your vehicle.

 

Only use integrated keyhead transmitters or standard SecuriLock keys.

 

You must have two previously programmed correctly coded keys and the new unprogrammed key readily accessible. See an authorized dealer to have the spare key programmed if two previously programmed correctly coded keys are not available.

 

Read and understand the entire procedure before you begin.

 

1. Insert the first previously programmed correctly coded key into the ignition.
2. Switch the ignition from off to on. Keep the ignition on for at least three seconds, but no more than 10 seconds.
3. Switch the ignition off and remove the first correctly coded key from the ignition.
4. After three seconds but within 10 seconds of switching the ignition off, insert the second previously correctly coded key into the ignition.
5. Switch the ignition from off to on. Keep the ignition on for at least three seconds, but no more than 10 seconds.
6. Switch the ignition off and remove the second previously programmed correctly coded key from the ignition.
7. After three seconds but within 10 seconds of switching the ignition off and removing the previously programmed correctly coded key, insert the new unprogrammed key into the ignition.
8. Switch the ignition from off to on. Keep the ignition on for at least six seconds.
9. Remove the newly programmed correctly coded key from the ignition.


If the key has been successfully programmed it will start the engine and operate the remote entry system (if the new key is an integrated keyhead transmitter).
If the key was not successfully programmed, wait 10 seconds and repeat Steps 1 through 8. If you are still unsuccessful, take your vehicle to an authorized dealer.

Note: You can program a maximum of eight coded keys to your vehicle. All eight can be integrated keyhead transmitters."

Edited by DonShockley

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A wealth of information. 

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@DonShockley

Wow! Thanks, for the input. I do not have my owner's manual so this was very helpful! I'll try it out in the next few days and see how it goes. 

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You need ALL the keys to the car in order to do this. Once you start the process, all keys in the sequence will be accepted and any keys not in the sequence will be eliminated.

 

I went through this with a '91 Dodge at work back in the day...

 

GK

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Alas, I do not have 2 programmed keys. I bought the van used and was only given one of the keys since he lost the other. I really don't want to go to the dealership to program it but I'm also not in a rush so I'll keep looking for alternatives

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In my area, the dealership subcontracts the work to a local locksmith.  There are locksmiths who have the software, hardware, and whatever else is needed to rekey and reprogram.  I don't know if that would be convenient to you.  In San Francisco, I would call a shop named Lock World.

 

 

 

 

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If you bought the truck locally, and didn't get, at least, two keys ... I'd have them reprogrammed anyway.

 

The seller, in keeping one key, has access to your vehicle whenever they want. 

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The seller supposedly lost the other key.  

 

My Transit Connect came with 4 keys.  Is that the norm these days?

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@Fifty150 Which year is yours?

 

and I'll check out the pricing for Lock World

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Mine is a 2016, long wheel base wagon, in XL trim.  Basically what would be delivered into someone's corporate fleet, or part of the government fleet.  Cloth upholstery, rubber floors, AM/FM radio without SYNC, no fog or cornering lights, plastic interior.  No vehicle is truly stripped down anymore.  This one came with the useless mirror heater.  Useless to me, since I don't have snow to melt off the mirror.  

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