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Yellow01XLT
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Sad Clear Key Story

I saw these neet clear keys on this site. I thought how cool!!! So I ordered 2 for my Escape. I got them today. Went too Ford and had them cut. I had forgot too take the second orginal key with me, so I decided to program them myself. I got my owners manual. Followed the directions on how too do it. Now the sad part. None of the keys work. I have to have it towed to dealer to have them reprogram the keys. I guess I did something wrong. Thank Goodness for AAA.


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quango
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Sorry to hear about this. I think there are some step by step directions on this site for how to program your keys. Maybe they would have helped?

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Sorry to hear about this. I think there are some step by step directions on this site for how to program your keys. Maybe they would have helped?


It's in the owners manual

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You probably put in one of the non-programmed keys in at the wrong time and enabled the theft system... The instructions are indeed on the site and in the OM... Use the Search feature for more...

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Originally posted by jeffwingo
I ordered a pair of replacement blank transponder keys for my Tribby for $20 each and took them to Lowes to get them cut. The guy at Lowes wanted me to make sure that the key fit so after he cut the first one, I went out to the car, put it in the ignition and turned it, knowing that the car would not start with it until I programmed it. BIG MISTAKE!!!!!!

After getting the second key cut, I went out and put the original key in and tried to start my car: NOTHING!!!. The key turns to the ON position but the car does not crank. OH ^$#$! I messed up the Anti-theft system. I called Mazda and they told me that I would have to have it towed to a dealer for reprogramming. I called my dealer and they told me I would have to have the car towed to them for reprogramming. I called AAA to have the car towed to the dealer for reprogramming.

In the mean time I tried the key again as well as the other original key that I had my family bring over to me...still nothing. About 30 minutes later the tow truck came and the guy asked for my key so that he could take it out of gear...he turned the key and ZOOM ZOOM...the stinking thing started. The tow truck guy laughed and went on his way. But I was curious...what was it that allowed the thing to start...just waiting? a particular combination of events (i.e. putting it out of park, opening the door, turning the key three times and saying "There's no place like home.) I wasn't sure, but when I did attempt to program the new keys, it did it again. &^%&%&^!!!!!

So I recreated the events that allowed the tow truck guy to start it. I got out of the car. Locked the doors. Unlocked the doors. Turned the key on and off. Shifted it into Neutral. Shifted it back to park. Turned the key: ZOOM ZOOM. I tried it a second time and I was able to reset the thing again in just 10 seconds.

What do I know that neither Mazda nor the dealer were willing to tell me?

By the way. I was able to program the new keys.

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Yellow01XLT
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Thanks, but I read the owners manual 3 times and left the new keys on the seat till I had done the orginal 2 first. I may have messed up on the timing thing.


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You mean that if you screw up during the process your dead?! I thought that as long as you had your two keys, no problem ..........YOW, then I'll leave it to the dealer to do!


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Sully man I love you. This will teach me to read the whole post. This morning I went out and tried what you said you did in your post. I even said "Theres no place like home, There's no place like home" Zoom..Zoom... I will take it too the dealer this afternoon after work and let them do it. Thanks again Sully. Now you can tell anyone else with problen to hit search. David


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Re: Sad Clear Key Story

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I saw these neet clear keys on this site. I thought how cool!!! So I ordered 2 for my Escape. I got them today...


Dumb question: What is a "neet clear key"? I must have missed something.


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"neet (SIC) clear key"

(This is 2G Sport 's key)

They are available on Ebay - They're no different from the black keys, except for the fact that they are clear.

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Yellow01XLT
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P.S. They come in diffrent colors. Mine is yellow.


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Sully man I love you. This will teach me to read the whole post. This morning I went out and tried what you said you did in your post. I even said "Theres no place like home, There's no place like home" Zoom..Zoom... I will take it too the dealer this afternoon after work and let them do it. Thanks again Sully. Now you can tell anyone else with problen to hit search. David


Glad it worked for you! I've never had to do it myself, jeffwingo did I nice job of writing it up... Yellow eh? Don't let Scapee know...

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I have to have it towed to dealer to have them reprogram the keys. I guess I did something wrong. Thank Goodness for AAA.


Doesn't Ford offer tow in warranty?


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SilverSliver
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The computer seems to be smart enough to reset itself after a while. I accidentally shorted out something and blew a fuse when installing a new stereo. I replaced the fuse, but for the next couple of hours, everytime I started the engine, the speedometer would zoom all the way around the dial and stick there for a couple of seconds before returning to 0. All the other gauges were wacky too. I let the Escape sit for a couple of hours and everything went back to normal.


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If you do screw up you can usually just wait a few minutes and try again. If the theft light is still flashing when you insert a good key you usually just need to walk away for about five minutes and try again.

It is critically important that both original keys be inserted on at a time before inserting a new key and then both original keys again before an additional new key.


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