How to Program A New Keyless Entry Remote Ford BA Falcon

November 14th, 2007

I like to write the occasional ‘how-to’ on this site to answer questions I’ve found really difficult or impossible to find an answer for online.

Ok – so… recently the keyless entry remote for my 2003 BA XLS Ute went on the fritz, which caused the ‘panic’ alarm to go off at all hours of the night without warning.

I did actually find that replacing the battery of the remote seemed to cure the problem – but I went to the wreckers and bought a second hand remote as a spare.. so.. here I’m going to tell you two things:-

  • How to replace the battery in a Ford remote control (specifically these instructions are for the BA model Ford Falcon, but they should be applicable across the range), and;
  • How to program a new remote control (keyless entry fob) for a Ford Falcon.

How to replace the battery in a 2003 model BA Ford Falcon Keyless Entry Remote

This one is really easy – just pop open the remote using a 5c piece and replace the battery with a CR2032 battery available at your local supermarket for around $5.

The batteries need to be replaced every couple of years.

How to Program a New Remote Control for a Ford BA Falcon

This one is a closely guarded little secret – Ford won’t tell you – but I happened to get my hands on a full workshop manual for the BA series.

After skulking around the ill-gotten workshop manual I managed to find the ‘secret’ technique hidden right at the back (along with a few other ‘gems’). Ok – here’s the procedure to program the new remote –

  1. Obtain a remote (can be a second hand one – they can all be reprogrammed, or you can buy a new one for about $90 from Ford).
  2. Close the doors.
  3. Turn the ignition key to the accesories position.
  4. Within 5 seconds of turning the key, hit the rear demister button (center console) three times in succession.
  5. The door locks will cycle once to indicate the special mode has been entered.
  6. Press any button on the remote you wish to program.
  7. The doors will cycle to indicate a new remote has been programmed.
  8. Continue steps 6 and 7 for all remotes (including existing ones) you intend to use on the vehicle.
  9. When you’ve programmed all the remotes, turn the ignition key off. The doors should cycle again to indicate the programming session has been completed.

For the techies amongst you – It’s interesting to note that you are not actually programming the remote per se, but rather you are programming the car. The late model Ford’s all have a BEM (Body Electronics Module) which is basically a fully fledged computer. When you press the remote, it ‘squawks’ a unique code to the car BEM. If the BEM is in the special programming mode, it then enters this code into memory as an authorised fob.

Something else I found a bit interesting – there is apparently an RFID (radio frequency ID) chip in the key of these new cars. Even if a key happens to fit your car, unless it’s been programmed as an ‘authorised key’ using a similar technique you won’t be able to start the vehicle.

If this advice didn’t help you – please drop by when you find the solution for your particular vehicle and help others by letting us know (using the comments below) what it was 🙂

Cheers and all the best,



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  • 1. Matt  |  November 25th, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    I was struggling with this procedure as the instructions I had for this failed to mention you have to press the demister button within 5 seconds of switching the ignition to ACC.
    Thanks heaps mate, now I have two working keyless entries!

  • 2. mark  |  December 1st, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    could you send me the wirring diagrams for the xr8 and xr6 turbo and non turbo

  • 3. toodle pip  |  December 12th, 2007 at 2:21 am

    Hello there!

    Just wondering if you can tell me (or tell me where to find) the programming procedure for a ’93 Fairmont Ghia? I tried the procedure you describe above, but got no joy…


  • 4. theDuck  |  December 12th, 2007 at 8:24 am

    Hi Toodle Pip,

    If I were you, my first port of call would be to search for a workshop manual for that series.

    Alternatively speak nicely with your local ford guy 🙂



  • 5. simon  |  December 13th, 2007 at 5:09 am

    Hey thanks…do you know how to turn off the service alarm.I have a “s” in a circle flashing in the odometer window,also an alarm bell sounds everytime it goes over 100kmh,quite annoying really.Itwas serviced by previous owner in a different city,and they obviously didnt reset it,I know there will be some sneaky little trick to resetting it just not sure you know?…Cheers.

  • 6. theDuck  |  December 13th, 2007 at 7:21 am


    The service Alarm – other than getting it serviced, I don’t know (it may be in the service manual somewhere), but the speed alarm is an easy one – you pull in and hold the lever on the steering wheel (LHS) behind the volume – the one you usually use to change the mode of the radio. I think from memory you’ll then hear a beep and see the setting in the odo window.

    After that I think you use the volume controls or press to change the speed setting (or turn it off entirely).

    I know having the speed alarm going off at 100 would irritate me too 😀

  • 7. Serge821  |  December 30th, 2007 at 11:51 am

    Hey Matt,
    I have just purchased a 2003 Ghia, so all this info will help. Cheers mate.
    A question I have tho’ is: the back seats on the Falcon EF (96 model), can the base of the seat be taken out?

  • 8. Steve  |  January 10th, 2008 at 5:31 am


    Is that manual still available.


  • 9. Steve  |  January 10th, 2008 at 5:37 am


    I would like to grab a copy of that manual please. I just purchased a BA Ute myself. Could you please contact me via the email address posted with this message.


  • 10. David McIntyre  |  February 5th, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Hi there,

    I bought you a pay-pal beer in exchange for a BA manual link 🙂


  • 11. Bradley Russ  |  February 9th, 2008 at 9:13 am

    I have just donated US$10 via PayPal.

    Please provide the link to the online Ford BA Falcon Workshop manual.

    Thank you so much for this service – much more convenient, not to mention cheaper, than hunting down a paper manual.

    Kind regards,


  • 12. theDuck  |  February 10th, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Hi Dave, Brad – I’ve sent you both links to the download. Enjoy!



  • 13. Mike berresford  |  February 19th, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Can you help me program my keyless entry remote.I just changed batteries and it will not open the doors.. The info on the remote is.

    ATV1 ELV443… Thank you for your help

  • 14. ceejay  |  February 26th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    That information is not really all that secret, it is clearly detailed in the owner’s handbook.

    What I want to know is how to program a new ignition key when there is only one key (spare lost). Is this information contained in the workshop manual?

  • 15. Ned  |  February 27th, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    All info worked on my EF sedan perfectly. Thanks heaps. To get ride of service spanner or alike, hold trip button in and turn on ignition, wait couple seconds then release. Should fix.

  • 16. darron  |  February 29th, 2008 at 7:22 am

    I bought a keyless remote how do I program it

  • 17. ceejay  |  March 14th, 2008 at 7:30 am

    Okay, finally got the spare key on BA Ford sorted. I only had one key for the car and the owner’s handbook says that you need 2 keys to program a new key.

    These keys have a electronic (transponder) chip in them that the car recognises as well as requiring the normal correct shape to start the car. If the car doesnot recognise the key you can turn the key to the start position but the car will not start.

    So if there is only one key left, you need a programming box to be connected to the car and a programming sequence entered to reprogram the keys tfor it to wirk,

  • 18. roger  |  April 4th, 2008 at 6:49 am

    HI mate,
    I have lost one of my keys to my BA, i am able to get a tibbi key cut but i dont know how to program the transponder in the key. have you got any ideas?


  • 19. theDuck  |  April 4th, 2008 at 9:06 am

    So Roger – as Ceejay alluded to above, unlike the remotes, it’s just not possible to program a new key to your car without visiting the ford dealer UNLESS you have at least two existing keys.

    If you’ve got two existing keys that are already programmed to the car their is a process you can use (simillar to the keyfob programming sequence) but it eludes me right now – I’m pretty sure it’s in the manual.



  • 20. ceejay  |  April 7th, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Roger, I was resigned to visit a Ford Dealer, but found out that an automotive locksmith may have the plug-in “black box” that can program the new key to your car. My new spare key was supplied, cut and programmed by the auto locksmiths in Altona (Melb) look them up in the Yellow Pages if the area suits.

    Your car handbook has the step by step instructions to program additional keys (up to 8 iirc) if you have TWO original working keys.

  • 21. Will C Mars  |  April 9th, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    If you’re looking for a particular programming guide or trying to save some money buying a replacement keyless entry, check out iKeyless, they had my Honda Civic’s keyless remote for like 45 bucks, and the dealer was gonna charge me like over 100 dollars. It came with programming instructions and I havn’t any problems with it. (FROM THE EDITOR – PLEASE DON’T drop commercial links – links removed).

  • 22. dave  |  April 27th, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    I was wondering if you knew where to find a workshop manual for 1998 AU1 Ford Falcon XR8 (tickford model) as Ive searched and searched to no avail


  • 23. Amak  |  April 30th, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Toodle pip Wrote:
    Hello there!

    Just wondering if you can tell me (or tell me where to find) the programming procedure for a ‘93 Fairmont Ghia? I tried the procedure you describe above, but got no joy…


    Here is my answer:
    Hi Toodle pip,

    The correct way to put a 93 EB Fairmont Ghia into ‘Training’ Mode is:
    1. Put the ford into accessory mode (I or 1)
    2. Push the ‘boot/tailgate’ release button 3 times (next to fuel cover opener button)
    The door locks should then cycle (locked/unlocked)
    3. Push your NEW remote door button once the doors should cycle (not sure about the BOOT button tho) then do the same with your old remote (if possible).
    4. Exit ‘training’ mode by turning the car fully off.

    Please keep in mind you can have up to 4 different keyless entry remotes. These instructions were taken DIRECTLY from my Ford owners manual for my 93′ Ford EB Fairmont Ghia.

  • 24. ron  |  May 6th, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    i bought a new remote for my 1995 fairmont and have tried everything but it wont workcan u help pls

  • 25. Jason  |  May 8th, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Hi. Bought you beer 5 days ago. Can you pls send me the link ? Cheers

  • 26. jeff  |  May 8th, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    got given 2 new remotes 2 years ago, no one would assist in their reprogramming unless I handed over $50 – tried your method and it worked first time. Great accurate advice – thanks

  • 27. theDuck  |  May 9th, 2008 at 6:40 am

    Jason – I sent you a link within minutes of your beer, mate, and, as I said in the email, the link expires after 24 hours.

    I’ve reactivated the old one and forwarded it back through to your gmail.

    Please check your junk filter in case it’s been caught there.


  • 28. Sarah  |  May 14th, 2008 at 11:43 am

    I have a keyless romote for Ford Mustang and i want to program it to my husbands ’99 Mustang. Any suggestions? Thank you in advance.

    King regards,

  • 29. Moses  |  May 29th, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    My factory alarm has stopped working all of a sudden,i put the alarm on went into the shop came out and it wouldnt disarm had to use the key i have try all the resets but nothing happens took my remote into the ford dealer they said it was working ok just wondering if there are any fuses that power the factory alarm? i have a 2001 XR8

  • 30. Muldoon  |  June 7th, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Thanks for the reprogramming info… works a treat on 02 au forte

  • 31. timb  |  June 13th, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Thanks very much for the help, it worked a treat on my 02 BA Fairmont 🙂


  • 32. Angela Kay  |  June 18th, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    I have 2 remotes for a 03 BA falcon… one that I got withthe car and one that I purchsed seperately.
    Is there any way to link the two so that they both work??
    I did the demister thing, but it just means that only one will work at any given time???
    Please help me..
    Angie xoxo

  • 33. Angela Kay  |  June 18th, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    ok – all sorted – just didnt read it properly, typical chick – just wanted it done then n there!! didnt read the fine print LOL.
    Ta. Angie xoxo

  • 34. Steve  |  June 20th, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    I tried this on my 2000 AU1 but didn’t have any success. The demister thing just wouldn’t make the door locks cycle. Has anyone used this on an AU1? Or are there any other ideas.



  • 35. Dennis  |  June 24th, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Hi Matt,
    I bought you a beer…now waiting for the manual…


  • 36. theDuck  |  June 25th, 2008 at 9:48 am

    Hi Dennis – sorry for the short delay – been out of the office. I’ve sent you the link now.



  • 37. Kevin Hearne  |  June 28th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    need a tool to undo the airbag bolts on either side of the steering column of my AU11 Falcon. Am changing my stereo buttons on the steering wheel, and cannot purchase the tool needed(30 IPR Torx bit i think) Can anyone help?

  • 38. Christopher Appleton  |  June 30th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Hay thanks for the info it worked on my AU2 ute – also does anyone know how to take the air bag of the car with out it going off and does anyone know where i can get a new stereo changer for my steering wheel i have an open circuit in the coloum. it shows the little airbag light in the dash, it flashes for three cycles and than stays on can anyone help us out

    Christopher Appleton

  • 39. Dave  |  July 1st, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Just bought you a PayPal beer for the link to the BA service manual.

    Can the door lock remote control be programmed to also unlock the car doors when the boot release button is pressed? Recently I accidently locked the keys in the boot – it was a Saturday night and it took quite a while for the RACV van to arrive.

  • 40. James  |  July 12th, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Hi Matt,

    Do you have any other workshop manuals for other vehicles in soft copy (PDF format) that I can download?

    Or does anyone have any at all?
    Willing to do some swaps!


  • 41. Kerry Howell  |  July 30th, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Hey thanks for the ba remote programming tips worked a treat would be nice if ford were more helpfull at times but i guess when u buy a car thats not where it stops cheers Kerry

  • 42. Burt  |  September 5th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Any one know how to program a remote for a 2001 Ford taurus?

  • 43. Milesha  |  September 8th, 2008 at 11:52 am

    does any know where i can get a 30 ipr Torx Socket to undo the screws on the streering wheel air bag
    ford what where you thinking when you used these screws

  • 44. Dorothy Smith  |  September 9th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Thank you, purchased a used car the remote did not work, changed battery, and followed your instructions, and all is now working
    Thank you again

  • 45. Jerry Smith  |  October 6th, 2008 at 6:02 am

    I bought a remote for a 1998 ford explorer with out realizing that there might be a difference in the 2 door and 4 door remote programing; is there a difference? I have the 4 door programi If there is a difference, can you tell me how to program a 1998 ford explorer 2 door sport?
    Thanks for any help,

  • 46. mick  |  October 7th, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    hi mate i need some advice on my 96 ef ford,.it started out i replaced the head on it , now i have no spark at all here is what i,ve done already

    1/ replace coil pack

    2 checked fuses and links

    3 plugs and leads

    4 all common fittings and the comp

    but still no spark any ideas would be greatly appreacited

    thanks mick

  • 47. The.General  |  October 9th, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Hey, Does anyone know how to program a new key for the Falcons. Thanks for the first tip on the keyless entries!!

  • 48. Nico  |  October 10th, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    This worked perfectly on my 2000 AUII fairmont.
    Thanks so much! 😀

  • 49. Peter  |  October 11th, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Have the airbag tool if you want it and some spare stereo buttons for the wheel on the gold coast. 0405155 791

  • 50. nick  |  October 15th, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Bought you a beer yesterday for the BA Falcon manual but have not yet recieved the link – please advise ASAP

  • 51. Craig  |  October 19th, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    A common problem on the EF is the modules go on them, 99% of the time if you have no spark its either the coil or module on that model. Hope that helps.

  • 52. Craig  |  October 19th, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Any idea how to check if the remote is working? Changed the battery and tried to recode it and the bugger is not working still. Also the door locks cycle when I now shut the door, very weird – maybe the actual remote lock on the door? Any advise, this is just weird?
    Thanks mate,

  • 53. NICK V  |  October 20th, 2008 at 6:46 am

    Hello Doc
    I have a 99 mustang any way that you might know how to program a ford mustnag transmiter remote ( the car has an alarm ) and when I bought it the owner did not find the alarm remote , the remote has 4 buttons , unlock, lock, panic, trunk
    fcc id : gq43vtv

    Thank you

  • 54. Mike  |  October 23rd, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Hi, I’ve just bought you a beer. Cheers mate!
    Will be waiting for the link. Thanks in advance.
    Cheers again, Mike.

  • 55. sean`  |  October 24th, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    hey do u have any onfo on what to do with the older cars? i havea 94 ed wagon and i have lost… well never got a remote so i need one and to program it… and help would be great

  • 56. Fitchie_NZ  |  November 4th, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Do you know if the procedure is the same for a BF Typhoon? It comes with the prestige audio which has the demister button in a different place? I have followed the instructions provided but get nothing.

  • 57. marty  |  November 23rd, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    i need to reprograma remote control for my 2001 au fairmont

  • 58. Mick  |  November 29th, 2008 at 8:34 am

    Just bought you a PayPal beer for the link to the BA service manual , could you please send it, thanks, Mick [ED – rcvd and forwarded – cheers]

  • 59. Jeff  |  December 1st, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Hi Doc,

    I have just bought you a beer.
    Kindly forward me the link to to the BA manual
    Thanks in advance. [ED – Received – cheers]


  • 60. Alison  |  December 18th, 2008 at 7:08 am

    Hi Doc, Thanks for these instructions, they are great. I’m after some more details about my 2003 Ford BA Ute… have bought you a beer this morning, would appreciate if you could please email me the link.
    Thanks, Al.

  • 61. Steve  |  December 22nd, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    hi guys , just brought a 2002 AU 3 futura and am looking for a copy of the oweners manual , can any one help ?


  • 62. hitchhiker  |  December 24th, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    I just got a remote for my 1998 ford explorer its the same as the one I already have.How do I program it to work ? do I also have to re program the one that I have that works OK now ?


  • 63. the locksmith mesa  |  January 8th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    hello there

    nice how to info.It help me a lot


    locksmith mesa

  • 64. Melissa  |  January 11th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    I purchased you a beer can you now please send me the link for the ford ba manual

  • 65. theDuck  |  January 12th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Thanks Melissa!

    Sent you the link.



  • 66. Dean  |  January 12th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Have EB fairmont ghia,
    dropped remote thendoors and boot remote would not work. Have replaced battery as light on remote was a bit dull but still not working boot or doorlocks. Have tried to enter reprogram mode with no luck. Remember years ago as mechanic pushing door light button? is this for a different model and can the smart lock system shut down completely? Light on dash seems to flash when doors are locked with key any help would be great.
    If remote is buggered should i still be able to enter program setup?Dean

  • 67. Richard  |  January 13th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Hi Duck – does this work for AuII as well. HAve both a BA and an AuII and both kepads are stuffed. Ford quoted $300 each for a new keypad. Also do you know whether a new key can be cut for the BA – Ford quoted $300 for that too! Thx Rich

  • 68. rob  |  January 15th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    hi. i have a 2003 BA sedan i can open the car with the remote but it only opens 3 doors it dose not open the drivers door. and when i use the key it only opens the drivers door iv tryed resetting it but it only makes the horn go off can you help me ……

  • 69. joe  |  January 25th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    I loss my key less remote on my 2000 jetta and please i need help on how to program a new control.

  • 70. Peter  |  January 31st, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Hi Mate, enjoy your beer . Im after the manual because the fix did’nt solve my lock problem, the car does not pick up either remote at all. At least trying the procedure confirmed this, new batteries hav’nt helped either, hopefully the manual will help. thankyou

  • 71. Derek  |  January 31st, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    I’m after a copy of the BA service manual, specifically in relation to the 5.4ltr V8 cooling system, is this included in the manual or is it an additional supplement.

  • 72. Ben  |  February 9th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Hi, i have an auII 2001 and would like to know how i would go about re-programming the keyless entry.


  • 73. stewart  |  February 16th, 2009 at 7:54 pm


    Great info – fo you know what frequency the BA falcon keys operate on please?

  • 74. Milner  |  February 24th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    i just bought you a beer, could you please send me the link,

  • 75. Himanshu  |  February 25th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Well shaman as I have said on all the other treads your pick are killer gina gershon for scarlet witch is like hell to the motherf-cking ya. I would love to see will smith asfalcon but it would be overkill I think if he can do a African acsent how about the black panther that way he could get alittle screen time and how about keanu reeves for the vision his acting is a little robotic.

  • 76. Unclebigdave  |  February 28th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    U little ripper….

    DOC – you are a legend. I owe you a SIXpack of PREMIUM beer !!

  • 77. Leo  |  March 1st, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Hi: I have a 1998 Ford Explorer and bought a new keyless remote and I tryed your method to reprogram it and got no results, Can you give me anymore advice that would give me results

    sw to acc. within 5 sec demist but 3 times nothing hapens

  • 78. Gareth  |  March 14th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Your the King, Nice one mate

  • 79. Steve  |  April 1st, 2009 at 3:52 am

    Hello Mate, have purchased a new remote and would like to know how to enter the program setup to recode the remote for an EB 1992 Falcon S, Tried the above mentioned methods, No Luck, any further ideas?

  • 80. Deanna Lambert  |  April 8th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    thank you so much it was great to fix my remote problem without having to go and pay someone to do it… a big Thanks again

  • 81. Travis  |  April 10th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Hey mate, just bought you a beer, are you able to send me that link?. Thanks heaps.

  • 82. Brian  |  April 10th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Hi I just brought you a beer please forward the link

  • 83. Andrew  |  May 25th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Thanks for the tip. I also found it in my owners manual. Also if anyone is following the steps but it does’nt seem to be cycling the locks, after you press the demister button 3 times, wait a couple of seconds!! I tried 10 atempts in my 5ltr 2001 Fairlane before i gave up and sat back disgusted. Then suddenly, CLICK!! i felt quite stupid. Thanks heaps again.

  • 84. David  |  May 30th, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Many thanks, very comprehensive.

  • 85. John Murphy  |  May 31st, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Do you have any info on resetting BA Ford airbag modules?

  • 86. Mark  |  June 19th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Hi M8
    Do you u have a AU 2 Workshop Manual ?

  • 87. Mark  |  June 23rd, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    I surprised people found this helpful.. well maybe not.
    This procedure has been used since 1995 EF. But even the ED with keyless entry used a similar procedure although you hit the boot release button instead of the demister.

    If you had of asked the wrecker he surely would have told you and although you say ford likes to keep it as a secret I recently bought a new remote for my girlfriend and the spare parts guy could not wait to offer this information.

  • 88. Scott  |  July 11th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    i am trying to program a key fob for my 2003 ghia.
    after pressing the rear dim 3 times the doors lock (but do not unlock) pressing the buttons on the keypad does nothing.. HELP..

  • 89. Tania  |  August 12th, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Thanks for that, we got a new remote for our 2002 Falcon AUII Futura S/W, but the instructions that our local Ford dealer gave us didn’t mention having to press the rear dim within 5 seconds of turning the key on.


  • 90. Alex  |  October 15th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Ok, ANYONE who might be able to help. My ’96 model Falcon Futura wont start, it kicks but it just wont sputter into life. I have had the fuel pump fixed just recently. I know there is some sort of ‘smart’ lock on the futura’s and that they cut off the fuel going into the engine. could this be the problem and if so how do i fix it?

    Any other ideas or suggestions.

  • 91. Nas  |  October 17th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Hi, I have an xr6 04 ute and have a problem being unable to lock passenger door either way. If I lock the driver door by remote or key then try and open the passenger door (which wont lock)it will unlock the driver door….any suggestions? …..sorry had my email wrong b4

  • 92. Mr Logic  |  October 22nd, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    If any of you bothered 2 read your BA manuals, All the information on re programming your key and remote is in there. And you’ll see that You MUST have 2 programed keys 2 be able to add an additional key. However if you only have 1 or no keys, theres no way out of it. You have 2 go 2 your ford dealer! Also the dimister button pressed 3 times in 5 seconds only relates to the remotes, not the keys.

  • 93. geoff  |  November 10th, 2009 at 7:48 am

    hi just chaseing a wiring diagram 2003 ba xr6 , if you can help thanks

  • 94. Josh  |  November 17th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    This is awesome! Bought a $20 remote off eBay and thats all I needed, no involvement from Ford at all. Thanks!

    Also, I bought you a beer for the link to the manual. Look foward to reading through it to fix a few things myself!

  • 95. Nick  |  December 12th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    hey doc,
    great advice! just wondering if it would work with a ford futura 1995 EF, cos my smartlock is buggered i have replaced the body module twice now and its not getting any cheaper. I kick the section left of the steering column where the body module is situated and it starts sometimes but its getting a bit beyond a joke now….any hints tips???
    thanks in advance.

  • 96. sandy  |  December 26th, 2009 at 9:37 am

    thanks for the tip on programming remotes. Worked a treat on my auiii sr falcon and even more so on xmas day. great to have a remote key that works without paying the dealerships a cent !!!!!

  • 97. Graeme D.  |  January 3rd, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Be careful jabbing the boot release in an EL {or similar?[ and jumping out to open the boot leaving the windows up and letting the door shut, too quick a short fast jab caused the locks to cycle and left me out with the engine running and, thank God my mobile in my pocket to call the RACV to get a “lock out” job done, must be something in the computerisation, boot was NOT open.

  • 98. Heather  |  January 14th, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Hi I too am having problems with my remote keyless entry. I have a 2004 BA SR and the alarm keeps going off at odd intervals. The only way I can turn it off is by pressing the red Panic button on the remote but it is happening a lot more. Does purchasing a new battery completely fix the problem or would I have to reprogramme the car again once the battery is out and replaced? Getting worried that if it is the battery on the keyless remote and not any other issues and it actually conks out completely that I would be stuck without being able to turn the car over. (Obviously know i can get into the car with the key) Please help. Starting to panic.

  • 99. damnefford  |  January 14th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    MY ef ford spent all day at ford and they cannot fix the wont start on hot days problem. Guess what today wasnt hot. No charge they said but then they charged 250 to replace a seal on the fuel pump. (I had a new fuel pump put in a year ago for the same price).
    Now there is a load whining noise coming from the fuel tank? go figure.

  • 100. Austine Nkpaji  |  February 27th, 2010 at 7:12 am

    • Hi, I am having problems with my remote keyless entry. I have Suzuki grand vitera 2009 model, I armed the car only to come back after three hours and could not disarm the car. I can get into the car with the key but not with the remote.
    • No vital signal showing on the odometer except that of the airbags and brake.
    • I have carried out checks on all fuses and alike, renewed the battery still the problems remained.
    • The car cranks but can not start

  • 101. Brian  |  May 31st, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Hi Doc,

    I really need to get a copy of the BA workshop manual from you if poss. Can’t find the ‘buy me a beer’ though? If you can give me an idea where to find it, then I can get you to send me the link.


  • 102. Sami  |  July 2nd, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Hi there,
    To program a new keyless remote, will a second hand remote for a ute (same year and model) work for a sedan Ford Fairmont BF 2006?

  • 103. Marshall  |  July 6th, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Is that BA manual still available? I couldnt find the ‘buy you a beer’ button.
    I have problems with my BA 02 Fairmont BEM and ICC – just bought a new complete ICC with colour screen, wanted to make sure it would all work. While I’ve got the dash apart I also need to replace the heater core, so the manual would be useful to work it all out.
    Thanks in advance!

  • 104. Mark  |  July 23rd, 2010 at 3:23 pm


    Just wondering whether the workshop manual is still available to be downloaded?


  • 105. Jenny  |  July 25th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Hey Doc

    You are a legend. I bought a remote for my BA off ebay and have been struggling for the last week to programme it. Tried every combination, every which way, read and reread the manual (what a joke!). Just walked out to the car and now have the new remote programmed in seconds. Thank you so much! It was doing my head in!!!

  • 106. Shan Tay  |  July 31st, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    How do I remove the bumper from a Ford Falcon AU series II Ute??? Need to replace the headlight.

  • 107. Andrew H  |  August 6th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Nic work Doc

    Read the manual, found the repromming of the keys. Did not however find any reference to the battery replacement process. Al that was mentioned was a referal to Ford (no doubt with a cost).

    Work very well, although had to re programme both remotes. lost the use of my good one after first attempt.

    Once again Thanks.


  • 108. theDuck  |  August 21st, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Thanks folks –

    I’ve been away for a few months, so just been catching up on the ‘buy me a beers’.

    Justin – wrt your question, going through this process ‘clears’ all keys from cars memory. Only those you add will work from now on – so, if you do this, your cunning thief won’t be able to help himself any longer.

    This gave me a bit of a chuckle – you poor bugger 🙂

  • 109. Steve  |  October 19th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    You must program all the remotes you own at the same time otherwise programming only 1 if you own 3 for example, will lock out the other two

  • 110. Steve  |  November 13th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    could you please help me …i have tried to recode a keypad ..but whenever i press the demister button 3 times the doors don’t cycle i have tried pressing it fast slow 3 times 10 times but with no avail ,,
    thanks heaps

  • 111. Michelle  |  January 4th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Hi, your instructions are great, at least I could get into the programming mode in the car. However the second hand remote I’ve purchased is either unsuitable or faulty… do you know if it makes a difference that I purcahsed a sedan keyless for my ute? I figured it was advertised as BA which my ute is, and that having the extra button wouldnt hurt. But it wont program (eg I can get into programming mode, one cycle of locks, but when I follow instruction 6, the cycle of locking outlined in instruction 7 does not occur. I’ve put a new battery into the remote (I’d purchased one for my old one before it died completely), I’ve taken the rubber off the chip and given both a wipe (oily residue) but still no response when I program it. So either it is faulty (in which case it’ll go to the bin) or it just is not suitable for a ute being a sedan keyless (in which case I’ll sell it)


  • 112. trevor  |  February 1st, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    for the chap that wants to take the service tool off the dash just hold it down like setting fuel distance but hold it down for around 8 second you will hear a tone and its all done ,, still needs a service … I have done everything to add a new keyless entry does not seem to work service book states the same as you do , could there be a common fault that anyone knows of .. thanks for your time

  • 113. Bazza  |  May 24th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I had a bit of trouble but after reading your instructions, it was abreeze. Thanks

  • 114. Bazza  |  May 24th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Thanks for the info on the Ford key remotes. The manual is no help. I was going to smash the new remote. Thank You for the help

  • 115. kristy  |  August 9th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    thanks for help this worked well.. can you hep me back rear door is opposite to other locks. 3 doors unlocked 1 locked then when 3 locked 1 unlocked.. how do i fix this?

  • 116. Stacey  |  August 9th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Wicked thanks for this! we have only had the car for 2 weeks and for some reason today the remote just didn’t seem to be working with the car, have no idea why. So we changed the battery and still nothing…until I found this and yay it worked after a few goes. Thanks again.

  • 117. Mike  |  August 14th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Hey I have a 97 ford expedition my remote is broken but my remote has 3 button has lock, unlock and panic but I went to a junkyard was able to find a 4 button remote has unlock,lock,panic and trunk but where is the demister or what,is the demister

  • 118. Mike  |  August 14th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Or can that 4.button work on it

  • 119. Reuben Bates-Brownsword  |  October 4th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Hi I have 3 issues with my 2002 ford ba ghia 1 is the door lock seems the plastic gear is brocken I have ordered a part from ebay .the other thing is the abs I got my hopes up with getting it repaired but I was told the ab model has another issue with the electronics and cannot be fixed so back to the wreckers . I have bought you a beer so looking forward to the manual so I can tackle no 3 remove the dash so I can get to the heater door flaps ford dealer said it is a big job $700 worth, not exaclly looking forward to this job but I hope the manual will make It clear
    thanks Reuben

  • 120. Grant  |  October 17th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    02′ BA Ford Fairmont Ghia, Both my remotes did not work, So i did the obvious thing and changed the battery on both. However this did not work, so I went through the process mentioned above, can get to the program mode fine, however once i press the button on the remote to program them, I don’t get the Lock Cycle. Is there anything else that can be broken ie, receiving end inside the car?

    Any help is greatly appreciated.


  • 121. Don  |  November 9th, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Hi do you program a remote on a au ute , as they dont have a demist button ?? thanks Don

  • 122. Lost keys ba xr6  |  December 5th, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Have lost keys for ford ba xr6 2004 can anyone tell me if I change the barrel does this need to be programed

  • 123. Gerry  |  December 24th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Reprogramming a new key pad in my 01 AU11 Fairmont Ghia I found that when you press the demist button three times you have to make sure it actually switches the demist on/off/on otherwise it doesn’t work so watch for the demist warning light on the instrument panel. Took a while to wake up to this but then no problem.

  • 124. arthur  |  January 22nd, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Thanks very much, My Ford Falcon Futura , existing key stop working, try everything but no fruit. then I reprogramed it this way works fine… thanks a lot.

  • 125. Jason  |  January 25th, 2012 at 8:51 pm


    Love your article. Programmed two new remotes and worked a treat! Thank you. You may want to add ton the article on how to replace the crappy BA Falcon door actuators that keep failing.

    I’ve shouted you a beer and am now looking fwd to gettting my hands on the workshop manual.


  • 126. vinay  |  February 2nd, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    hi doc
    i have ford fairmont ba 2003 …and i only have one remote with me ….and i want that to be programmed ..i had read the instruction in manual which is same as u written …but still after pressing rear demister button three times no lock cycle starts …Is there any different way for ford fairmont ..plz help me

  • 127. theDuck  |  February 2nd, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Vinay – Please see Gerry’s answer above re: making sure that the demist light actually comes on.. and you need to do this all within ~ 5 secs of turning the key, from memory.

  • 128. theDuck  |  February 2nd, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Mike – I have a BA ute. It obviously has no ‘boot’ or trunk. I went to the wreckers and got a 4 button remote… it works just fine with the ute instead of a 3 button remote.. The fourth button just simply does nothing!

  • 129. vinay  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 1:07 am

    hi doc
    i tried again ‘n’ again but still didn’t get through ..the lock cycle not starting ..i don’t know why… i have to have 2 remotes for programming or just one will do the job…or is there any different programming for fairmont ba….plz help

  • 130. theDuck  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Vinay – one remote should be fine. I’m not aware of any reason a fairmont would be any different to a normal BA.

    Silly question, perhaps, but are you sure the battery is ‘good’ in the new remote?

  • 131. Ross  |  March 8th, 2013 at 3:46 am

    I found this answer for reprogramming my remote spot on, it worked straight away. My panic button was going off at all times of the day and night until I replaced the battery. ( very embarrassing when you live in a complex with 3 other families)

  • 132. Scott  |  April 25th, 2013 at 12:11 am

    WOW, thankyou so much! This works 100% After where the battery joins to the circut board had come loose on the remote, i got the soldering iron out and fixed it up and re-joined it, i thought i had done a good job but it refused to work at all, (this must reset the unit some how..?) found this blog and tried it and away it gos like new again. You just saved me $100 Cheers buddy.

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