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How do I program the keyless fob for my 1997 F250 pickup truck?

I have acquired a used keyless fob for my 1997 Ford F250 pickup truck to replace one that was accidently run over and squashed. Can anyone tell me how to go about programming this used fob? Do I have to program my existing fob along with the "new" fob at the same time so they are both programmed to the same codes?

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  • kenpleasance Dec 26, 2008

    Thanks for trying but the 1997 F250 is does not use the key turning method for programming the fob. All I know is that there are a couple of electrical terminals in a box under the hood that have to be shorted out to get the fobs to reprogram. But I have no idea which box or which terminals in the box have to be shorted. I believe this applies to F250 models from 1994 to 1997. Can anyone else help? Thanks.

  • kenpleasance Dec 27, 2008

    Please see comments appended to my original request for help. This year and model of Ford pickup truck does not use the key cycle program. This model apparently requires two terminals to be shorted out in a box located under the hood. Can anyone else help me on this problem? Thanks.

  • kenpleasance Dec 27, 2008

    I will check it out and get back to you. Thanks for your patience.

  • kenpleasance Dec 27, 2008

    Thank you for sending me the alternate approach for the 1996. I will try them both out and see which one works. Right now my truck is under about 2 feet of snow so it will be a few days before I shovel my way out to it. Again, thanks for bearing with me.

  • 1jnofear Mar 11, 2009

    I have this same problem, only on 2006 f250 super duty xlt...



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Cycle the key on and off I can't remember if its 6 or 8 times. the locks should cycle up and down then press any button on the fob the locks should cycle again then turn off key

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    warlock61 Dec 26, 2008

    yes this is a key cycle program.


    NOTE: All keyless entry remote transmitters must be programmed at the
    same time.

    To program (or reprogram) the keyless entry remote transmitters into the RAP
    module, perform the following steps:

    1. Make sure that the anti-theft system is not armed or triggered.

    2. Turn the ignition switch from OFF to RUN five times within ten seconds,
    ending in RUN. If the RAP module has successfully entered program mode, it will
    lock and then unlock all doors.

    3. Press any button on a keyless entry remote transmitter, and the doors will
    lock and then unlock to confirm that each keyless entry remote transmitter has
    been programmed.

    4. If the door locks do not respond for any keyless entry remote transmitter,
    wait several seconds and press the button again. If the door locks still fail to
    respond, refer to Diagnosis and Testing in this section.

    5. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position, or wait up to five minutes
    after step 2, to exit program mode. If a keyless entry remote transmitter has
    been programmed (or reprogrammed), the RAP module will lock and unlock all doors
    one last time to confirm.

  • warlock61
    warlock61 Dec 27, 2008

    Is this an early production 97 because the procedure I sent is directly out of the 97 shop manual.

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    warlock61 Dec 27, 2008

    The procedure for the 96 is as you described. The plug is located at the module which is under the inst panel just to the right of the steering column near drivers foot area
    To program (or reprogram) transmitter(s) into the remote entry receiver
    module, perform the following steps:

    1. Turn key to the ON or ON/ACCESSORY position and momentarily short the two
      terminals of the program connector (C4) (a two-pin connector taped to the wire
      assembly connected to the remote entry receiver module, approximately 6 inches
      from the remote entry receiver module). All doors should lock then unlock.
      Remove shorting pin.

    1. Press any button on transmitter. All doors should lock then unlock to verify
      that the transmitter has been programmed. If door locks do not respond, press
      button again (up to three times maximum with the same

    1. Repeat Step 2 to program additional transmitters into the remote entry
      receiver module (up to four transmitters maximum).

    1. Key off. All doors should lock then unlock.

    1. Check operation



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