How do you program a key fob for a 2002 Ford Taurus?

I ordered a second key fob as a backup for my 2002 Ford Taurus since I only received one key when I purchased the car. Now, I can’t figure out how to program the key fob but I don’t want to pay to take it to an auto mechanic. How can I program the new key for a Ford Taurus?

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Answer provided by
Annette Maxon
Answered on Apr 22, 2022
I like your thinking—having that backup key on hand is a great idea!
Programming your Ford Taurus’s key fob is simple enough to do yourself.
Here’s what you need to do:
  • Get in your car and have both your ignition key and your new key fob nearby.
  • Insert your Ford Taurus’s car key into the ignition. Quickly turn the ignition from off to on. Repeat this process, turning the ignition off and on eight times.
  • On the eighth time, stop when the ignition is in the on position.
  • At this point, your car’s door locks will cycle—this is a sign that your car is ready to program.
  • After you hear the door locks cycle, simply press any one of the buttons on the new fob.
  • If you have additional fobs to program, press any button on the second fob within twenty seconds of completing the first remote.
  • Repeat for any other fobs within twenty seconds of the previous ones.
  • When you’re done, turn the car’s ignition off.
  • The door locks will cycle a final time, and then you’re done!
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