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Need to reprogram 2000 windstar instrument cluster to old keys

I have to replace the instrument cluster due to a short in it. Can I reprogram the new cluster to the old keys myself.

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  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    Dose it need to be reprogrammed

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    My fiesta still wont start, Dose my second hand dashboard cluster need to be reprogrammed if its the same part number!

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    Changed fiesta instrument cluster with a second hand one but the car won't start, do I have to get it reprogrammed, if so do I have bring the whole car! Or just the cluster!!

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    Do you need to reprogram a second hand instrument cluster!

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    Who can reprogram a ford fiesta dashboard cluster

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Unfortunately , no you can not.
Ford is good like this... they make their own tools for any number of FORD ONLY items , such as fasteners and etc. so that you can not work on them without buying their tools first.
The security features are definitely something you will need to contact the dealer about.
Wish I had a more positive answer for you!

Posted on Nov 24, 2008

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