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2003 Mercury Sable, Driver's side remote keyless entry keypad not functioning

Trying to troubleshoot a non-functioning remote keyless entry keypad on the driver's side door of my 2003 Mercury Sable LS. Pressing any keypad button has no effect. For example: Auto locking doors with 1&2 or touching any key on keypad does not light up the keypad at all.

Hoping to resolve a possible blown fuse and not hoping for something costing much more.

Having trouble locating both the fuse box and the fuse that handles that electrical component. All help welcome. Thanks!

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Doubt its a fuse. Most likely the key pad has failed and needs to be replaced. On the bright side this is a good problem to have and you have a very reliable car.

Posted on May 11, 2009

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Remote Transmitter Programming NOTE: All remote transmitters are programmable and must be set at the same time.
  1. Turn the key from OFF to RUN four times within three seconds, ending in RUN. The locks will then lock and unlock, confirming program mode has been entered.
  1. Press any button on each remote transmitter to be programmed. The doors will lock and unlock to confirm that each remote transmitter has been programmed.
  1. If additonal remote transmitters are to be programmed, repeat Step 3 within 7.5 seconds or steps 2 and 3 if more than 7.5 seconds have elapsed.
  1. To exit program mode, turn the ignition to START or wait 7.5 seconds.
  1. NOTE: Failure to wait at least 20 seconds will cause programming failures. Wait at least 20 seconds after turning the key to OFF or after the last remote transmitter has been programmed to activate a remote transmitter for testing or verification

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Why is the trunk popping open with a clicking sound mercury sable problems


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Just purchased a 2003 mountaineer from a used car dealer and they don't have the manual and the alarm doesn't work. How do I get the factory entry code?


the keyless entry code is on the module and in the module memory. A dealer can extract the code ( about $50). You can access the owner manual on line at motorcraft.com, pro center, tech info, owner manual. I have one for $7 plus postage. let me know. Also, look for a plastic credit card in teh glove box with the code on it. The module should be under the dash, driver side I think.


Programming/Erasing Personal Code
A unique personal five-digit code can be programmed by following these steps:
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  1. Press 1/2 within five seconds of Step 1.
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The personal code does not substitute for the permanent factory set code. Either code can be used to access the vehicle. In addition, if a second personal code is programmed, it overwrites the previous personal code. To erase a personal code, carry out the following procedure:
  1. Enter factory set five-digit code.
  1. Press 1/2 within five seconds of Step 1.
  1. Press 7/8 and 9/0 at the same time within five seconds of Step 2.
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Anti-Scan Feature
To provide added security, the keyless entry pad is disabled for one minute after 35 button presses without a valid entry code being entered. The keypad flashes during this one-minute mode with all functionality disabled except for 7/8 and 9/0 still being allowed to lock the vehicle.
Anti-Scan will be turned off after one minute of keypad inactivity.
Unlocking the Doors and Liftgate with the Keyless Entry Keypad System
To unlock the driver door, enter either the factory set code or the personal code (each digit must be pressed within five seconds of the prior digit). The interior lamps will illuminate.
To unlock all doors, enter either the factory set code or the personal code (driver door unlocks) and press the 3/4 control within five seconds.
To open the liftgate window glass, enter the factory set code or the personal code (driver door unlocks) and press the 5/6 control within five seconds.
Locking the Doors with the Keyless Entry Keypad System
It is not necessary to enter the factory set or personal code prior to locking all doors. To lock all doors, press the 7/8 and 9/0 controls at the same time

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I need to program the key fob


. Enter 5-digit permanent entry code into the keyless entry driver door keypad. 2. Within 5 seconds of pressing last button of code, press the 1/2 button. All doors will lock then
unlock confirming you are in programming mode.

3. Press any button on first Keyless Remote within 5 seconds of pressing the 1/2 button. Locks will
cycle to indicate succesful programming.

4. If you are programming more than one Keyless Remote (Including any exsiting remotes) Press
any button on second keyless remote within 5 seconds of previous remote. Locks will cycle again
to indicate succesfull programming. (If the keypad light goes out before all remotes are
programmed the entire process must be repeated).

5. Press the 7/8 and the 9/0 buttons simultaneously on the keypad to exit program mode.

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--------------------------------------------------------------- Visual Inspection Chart Mechanical Electrical
  • Keyless entry keypad
  • Keyless entry remote transmitter
  • Central junction box (CJB) Fuse F222 (20A)
  • Circuitry
  • Generic electronic module (GEM)
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  • Generic electronic module.
  • Circuitry.
  • REFER to Section 419-10 .
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Try re-programing the system.
These are the instructions from the service manual.

. Turn ignition from OFF to RUN 5 times within 10 seconds, with the 5th time ending
in RUN. Door locks will cycle to confirm programming mode.

2. Within 20 seconds press any button on first keyless remote. Door locks will cycle
to confirm programming.

3. Within 20 seconds, press any button on second keyless remote. Door locks will
cycle again to confirm programming.

4. Turn ignition to OFF. Locks will again cycle to indicate end of programming mode.

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1) Turn key from OFF to ON eight times within 10 seconds ending in the ON position.

2) After doors lock then unlock, press any button on the
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3) The doors should lock/unlock to confirm programming.

4) Turn key to OFF and door locks should cycle one last time.

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