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 -
- 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).
- Close the doors.
- Turn the ignition key to the accesories position.
- Within 5 seconds of turning the key, hit the rear demister button (center console) three times in succession.
- The door locks will cycle once to indicate the special mode has been entered.
- Press any button on the remote you wish to program.
- The doors will cycle to indicate a new remote has been programmed.
- Continue steps 6 and 7 for all remotes (including existing ones) you intend to use on the vehicle.
- 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.
How to get a Workshop Manual for the Ford BA Falcon
The workshop manual is about 2100 pages long - if you’d like a copy click ‘buy me a beer’ to the right of this post, donate $10 to cover the bandwidth and I’ll send you a link - it’s about 120MB.
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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