I recently bought a used 2000 F-150 XLT, extended cab 4x4, 4.6L. It only came with one key and one key fob. The key is black plastic with Ford set into the plastic (embossed?). Does this model use the fancy programmable keys that I can only get at the dealer, or can I just go to the auto parts store and have a regular old spare key cut?
If you're cheap and don't particularly care about the PATS system, cut several basic keys off your PATS key, then fasten the original key next to the cylinder (inside the shroud) so that it gets read. Then, just use the basic key for everything. As long as no one knows about the "bypass" and it remains out of site, it presents only a very small risk.
As for the remote, you can usually get replacements from ebay for a reasonable price.
If your original owner's manual is missing, download a soft copy from www.fleet.ford.com under the PARTS AND SERVICE tab.
If your key has a S stamped in it it is a PATS key. You can buy them off e-bay for about $15 or so. You will need to get it programed along with the first key to your truck. Some locksmiths can and will do it for much less than the dealerships. If you do buy a replacement go ahead and buy 3 of them. Get one programmed and then you can program the others yourself as it takes two keys to program a third.
If you want to add a key....
**You must have two original keys to perform this procedure. If you only have one key, you WILL have to take it to the dealer to get it programmed**
1. Insert and existing (working) key into the ignition cylinder.
2. Turn the ignition cylinder ON (RUN NOT START) and back to OFF. Ignition should stay on for at least ONE SECOND.
3. Remove the existing key and, within TEN seconds, insert a second working key and turn it to ON (RUN) and the back OFF. Ignition must be in ON for at least ONE second, but no more than TEN seconds. Remove the key.
4. Insert the new key before TWENTY seconds have elapsed and turn it to ON (RUN). Leave it the ON position for at least ONE second and turn back to OFF.
5. The security light will light up for THREE seconds to indicate that the new key has been successfully programmed.
6. To program additional keys, repeat steps 1 through 5
For the most part, the reason for a second key is that we might have locked our keys in the truck (not me) In that case, just have a non PATS key made that fits the door lock and use the hide a key box to secure it under the truck. That way you can open your door but not use it to start the truck.
2001 F150 4x4 slowly becoming the Harley Davidson edition
For the most part, the reason for a second key is that we might have locked our keys in the truck (not me) In that case, just have a non PATS key made that fits the door lock and use the hide a key box to secure it under the truck. That way you can open your door but not use it to start the truck
I had a non-PATS key hidden in the back of my truck. One day I get a call from the wife "... the truck won't start ..." I grab some tools and head down to see what's wrong. When I get there, she's gone (in the store 'cause it's cold), so I grab my key and the truck starts right up. When she comes out, I ask what key she's using ... she holds up the non-PATS key. I've explained numerous times the difference in the keys, she just couldn't seem to find her regular key in that cavernous purse she carries.
Well, looks like I'm headed to the closest Ford dealer one of these days to get some keys. The good news, is the dealer I bought it used from (Dodge dealer) told me to send him the bill for the new keys. Now I just need to find the time.
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