Article by:Glen Profile
Loosing your 98-present ignition keys can become a nightmare,
in this article we tell you how to get a new set of keys from you Ford dealer
and how to program a new set
As most of you know, if you own a 96+ year Mustang, your keys
contain an programed chip which communicates to your computer and the car will
not start unless this key is used.
What you may not know is; if you lose even one of these two
keys that came with your car you cannot have a duplicate made and you must go
to Ford dealer to and have two completely new keys made at a cost of up to $72
YES, you do have to have TWO new keys made, even if you lost
If you are on a road trip and the spare key is 100's of miles
away, you are going to have to have your car towed and pay for TWO new keys.
It could end up costing you $144 for the keys and who know how much for the
From my experience, here is some valuable information:
1) 96-98 year Mustangs only require 1 key for duplication and
it can be duplicated by a locksmith with the right electronic equipment. Even
2) If your car is under warranty, Ford will pay to tow your
car if you lose your keys. But only to the nearest dealer. And you have to pay
for replacement of the lost key.
3) 98 to current year Mustangs require TWO keys to make a duplicate.
And as mentioned above, you must take it to a dealer if you lose one or both.
On the plus side, if you own a 98+ year you can get ahead of the game, you can
program a third key easily yourself. All you need to do is take your current
key to a dealer and buy a new key that fits your car with the chip. This costs
The following is the procedure for programing a THIRD
1) Insert an existing key and turn the ignition to ON (Run)
and then back to OFF.
2) Within 5 seconds insert the 2ND existing key and turn the
ignition to ON and then back to OFF.
3) Within 10 seconds insert the NEW 3rd key and turn the ignition
to the ON position. Leave it ON for 1 second and then back to OFF.
4) The security light will light up for 3 seconds to indicate
that the NEW key has been successfully programmed. That's it.
Now if you lose a key, you still have two keys so you can again
program a 3rd new key. Without getting ripped off by the dealer.
Just a suggestion , if you take a long trip, bring an extra
key and remote alarm for the car. Give it to someone else along on the trip
to hold or hide it in your car. It's easier to brake into the car and get the
key then to have it towed.