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The HEC ( hybird Electronic Cluster ) has a PCM ID stored in it, that needs to be cleared from the old one you had, so the new one can be re-learned. The HEC sends the valid key tag with the PCM_ID configured in the HEC to the PCM for comparison to know if the start enable should be valid or invalid
This is so someone cannot take a cluster, ignition key cylinder and the PATS keys configured in the HEC, and put it into a truck, to make it start. Takes a bit of programming to get it to work.
Going to need someone to erase the PCM_ID parameter in the HEC to make the truck not think it is being stolen ( good news, it works as advertised ).
The best solution I can offer is to take your vehicle registration and your picture ID to your local Ford dealer. They will be able to cut you a new key by using the VIN on your registration. The picture ID is needed because they are not supposed to cut new keys for anyone except the registered owner of the vehicle. This method is the only solution that will guarantee that no damage will be done to the truck.
NOTE: this may not work if the ignition tumblers/cylinder have been replaced before.
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will try to assist you. the 98 contour has a key for the ignition switch that has a chip inside of the black head. this keeps theifs from taking your car. to get a new key, you will need to go to ford dealership with your picture I.D. and vehicle registration that has vital info. on your car,such as your vehicle I.D.# or the vin# as most people refer to. the key has a chip inside of it that tells the car,you are the owner and not the valet who just parks your car. it also has several other features that i will not disclose online. the cost for a replacement? differs. $75.00 at dealer only. it may be more, but my last venture was$79.98 and two trips to dealer because i did'nt bring registration to the car,and it's in wifes name,so one more trip with her. she was not happy! so. take all your paperwork on car,valid I.D. for ownership and you will get a new key. thank you for choosing fixya.com we are here 24/7 7 days per week!!
Not sure about your state, here in SC as long as you have the VIN# the dealership can cut a key for your car. They may tell you they can't or tell you they need to do something else to the car, but they don't. Even if the key is chipped it can still be done.
this is quite expensive.one friend said his was several hundre dollars it must be reprogramed throug a computer monitor.by a dealership,body shop,or lock smith.calland ask for exact prices as there is no reason they can not give you an exact price. lock smiths that deal with cars a sometimes cheaper.ther is nothing you can do to bypass this wonderful feature.
I Had The Same Problem... In The Same Year Car except i have a manual trans. and a correction the the post below me the keys do have a chip.. i recently went and took my original key and had it copied (as a spare) .. and went to try the new key out and it would turn the cars electronics on but wouldnt crank the car. ford later told me the keys are programmed... jus so u have to go to the dealer and spend more money to get a new key