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Old 04-11-2007, 04:02   #1 (permalink)
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Keyless entry help on a '98 Taurus

Note: I've posted this question on another Ford Taurus board as well... so my apologies to readers of both sites....

2nd question for the newbie....

I'm trying to find my keyless entry code on my '98 Taurus sedan I just bought yesterday. Both the owner's manual and the various msg boards suggest some module or other under the dash. The owner's manual says it is "taped" to the computer module. I found something way up there, just to the passenger side of the brake pedal.... a squarish white box with grey plugs.... that had the remnants of tape on it.... but no numbers. Was this place there in such a way that it could be removed easily, or should there be a sticker.

From what I can gather from the boards, folks have run into this with all years of Ford cars from the 80's all the way to '07 models... and the answer seems to be different for all years. One rather optimistic individual suggested entering the codes one by one till you found it..... I believe there would be about 99,999 of them, if I'm not mistaken.

Here's where I've looked: The white box described above, the larger black box attached to the fuse cover, the passenger side dash area, the truck deck and hinges, beside the fuel cutoff switch (no module there at all in my '98) and in my owner's manual / warranty info. Apparently the card is long gone. Any other ideas? Am I just going to have to spring for the scan to find the code? Or can a dealer just get it from Ford without scanning the car? Any help appreciated!

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Old 04-11-2007, 18:43   #2 (permalink)
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It might be a black module, because my mother's 1999 Sable has RKE and I think its black. The label isn't the type that deteriorates or de-laminates from the module. If you could, post a picture of under your dash, with the steering column opening cover removed, with a good picture of that module or modules that are under the dash.
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Was this ever a rental car to your knowledge? I don't think they put the stickers on rental cars.
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As far as I know, it's never been a rental... but I can't be sure.... I don't have the whole history. On another board, a user contacted a Ford mechanic and he said the computer is behind the glovebox. I took the glovebox out and dug around. There was a black, plastic module with a grey plug, just to the left of the glovebox.... no stickers or numbers, though. The only thing I discovered was that looking behind the glovebox really hurts your back

Any thoughts on whether that was in fact, the computer?
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Hello
The answer to your question is as follows:
1) If you have the sedan model,Open up your Trunk lid and look up
and see if there is a label with a number on it,if it is there ,that is it.
2) It will be on the RAP module,you will find the module under neath
the instrument panel on the left side of the brake pedal.Not behind the
glove box.
3) Ford has a tester called,Short form,NGS,It can pull the code out
for you,It only will take the tech 10 min.
Hope this helps Rob
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I might be missing something here, have the same problem with my 99. I have not been able to find the RAP module if fact, I don't believe there is one in my car. After the weather gets warmer and I get more time, I will fix this problem even if it means get my hands on a RAP
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Hello FoggySail

I own a 99 Sable and had to retrieve the code. To
be exact,the Rap module sits above,actually between the brake
and gas pedals,beside three black relays.Now the color of my Rap
module is white with two gray sockets that plug into them.Now the
code number is printed on the module as Ford states.Now please
keep in mind before doing this job,make sure on your dash board
below the temperature reading with the car off you have a little
red light flashing saying anti theft.if the light is working it means
the module is working.If it is not flashing the module in your car
is not working or you have another problem besides it.Now to
remove it and reinstall it will take you about 1 1/2 hours approx.
because it will be your first time,but very easy actually.
Tools needed : A torx screwdriver T20,stubby is easier but normal
will work, 2: a 11 mm socket wrench,1/4 drive best.
Remove the two torx screws by the three relays that are hidden
by the wireing harness,you will see them.Disconnect the two plugs
(gray) that go into the Rap module and put the three relay socket
aside. You will see the Rap module bracket is held by two nuts,undo
the two nuts and the module will fall down due to gravity.Take the
five digit code off the label,you cannot miss it,biggest writing on
the label,the rest of the writing is part numbers and descriptions.
Replacement is the reverse of removal.Hope this helps rob123m
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Rob--

Thank you for your response. Unfortunately my car lacks the module. I just crawled under the dash to be sure. The two relays are there but that is all. Appears that I need to visit a bone yard and purchase one....... if I can upgrade that is. I did not see any cables there to accommodate a RAP or places for a cable to plug to.

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Hello Foggysail
First thing is tell me what is not working,(ie.drivers
door lock does not work or one of the passengers does not work,
or keyless remote does not work,(Remote transmitter does not
work.)
What 99 model car do you have,Taurus or Sable.
Do you have the flashing red light on your dashboard,Flashing Anti Theft.
If you do not have the red light flashing you may not have the Rap
module people are telling you about.There is another module that
controls the other items if it does not have the anti theft feature.
Whats the car loaded with.
Have you had the car from new,or did you pick it up used,and someone
changed the door from an accident and it came with the keypad on it.
Wait to here from you Rob
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Rob-

The car is a 1999 Taurus LX that was given to me last fall. It needed some minor work to clear the check engine light along with a torque converter lock up relay which I changed. I also added cruise control.

There are no red lights of any kind under the dash.

Last winter I purchased a remote door opener on Ebay for $10 only to find that I could not program the car. I forgot the key on/off cycle count but in any case the door locks did not cycle. That was when I began to understand the car lacked something, the RAP module.

One other thing, the electric door locks don't really work. The locks try to lock but don't. My guess is something might be jamming them in the doors or just a general lack of lubrication.

As to the car itself......... I like the car! The doors have some wind noise but other than that it drives well and I am going to keep driving it until it croaks.

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