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Old 04-18-2012, 16:20   #1 (permalink)
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2002 explorer remote fob programming headache

My wife has two remote fobs for her truck. Only one worked. So i put a new battery in the one that didn't work and successfully programmed it using the instructions found here and posted below. So I proudly show her the remote is working and she pulls out the one that was working and not it doesn't. So I read and found out about old codes being knocked out. So I tried to reprogram the one that quit and now they have both quit! Everything in the instruction goes fine until the step to press the button on the remote and then nothing. Additionally when turning the key off the locks do not cycle indicating an exit of programming mode. I think that it is not exiting program mode. How can i get it out of programming mode?

To program the hand held remotes:
Unlock all doors using the power door lock/unlock control. Insert a key and turn the ignition from the 1 (OFF/LOCK) to the 3 (ON) position and cycle between 1 (OFF/LOCK) and 3 (ON) eight times in rapid succession (within 10 seconds) with the eighth turn ending in the 3 (ON) position. The locks will cycle to confirm that the programming mode has been entered. Within 20 seconds, program a remote transmitter by pressing any button on a transmitter. The locks will cycle once to confirm that the remote transmitter has been programmed. (If more than 20 seconds pass before pressing a remote transmitter button, the programming mode will exit and the procedure will have to be repeated.) Repeat the previous step to program additional remote transmitters. NOTE: All fobs must be programmed on the same time for all fobs to work. The locks will cycle once to confirm that each remote transmitter has been programmed. When you have completed programming the remote transmitters, turn the ignition to the 1 (OFF/LOCK) position or wait 20 seconds. Again the doors will lock/unlock to confirm programming has been completed.
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Old 04-18-2012, 19:50   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2002 explorer remote fob programming headache

After 20 or so seconds of doing nothing, it will automatically exit programing mode. I would forget the remotes for the moment and just be sure your key cycles are dead on. Of the eight turns of the key, if even once, you don't turn it quite all the way to on, or, just bump it once too far to where you hear the starter engage for just a split second, then the cycle has messed up and you will need to start over. If it is done correctly the locks should cycle whether or not you program a remote. I've never had trouble with the programing of the ford remotes. Maybe someone else has some knowledge of this problem and will chime in soon.
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Old 04-18-2012, 20:10   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 2002 explorer remote fob programming headache

Another way to exit programming mode is turn key to the off position before the 20 seconds runs out.

edit - nevermind, I see that you already knew that. sorry
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Re: 2002 explorer remote fob programming headache

Thanks for your replies. I am pretty sure I am executuing the key turns properly because I get the lock cycle after the 8th turn. After that I do not get any lock cycles at all wether pressing a fob button or turning the key off.
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Re: 2002 explorer remote fob programming headache

Try unhooking the vehicle battery for a few seconds and then try.
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Try unhooking the vehicle battery for a few seconds and then try.
And that did the trick. Thank you very much.
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You're welcome. Thanks for the update.
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