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Door and trunk locks wo'nt work/turn with key

1996 Tarus 4dr. Remote keyless operates door locks and trunk. Key will not turn any of these locks. Key works on ignition and interior glovebox. Thanks. Greg

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  • Anonymous Feb 01, 2009

    Am having same problem... one suggestion is the transmission range sensor per this other answer given on another site. Am ordering the part (seems to be OEM only)

    Here is a technical service bulletin from Ford. It has the same symptoms as your car does. The problem is the transmission range sensor shorts out internally and when it does this it drops out the accesory voltage. It does this during cranking to save some power while cranking which has the most power draw. If you take notice to your car when you have your radio on or your wipers on they stop while cranking. I have fixed many of these vehicles that were doing the same thing yuors is by following the TSB and replacing the transmission range sensor. Here is the TSB.

    Article No.




    1996 TAURUS

    1996 SABLE

    This TSB article is being republished in its entirety to revise the Service Procedure.


    There may be intermittent reduction in power steering assist during braking from 80 km/h (50 mph) on some vehicles. For this concern, the resolution may be a revision to the Generic Electronic Module (GEM) calibration.

    On some other vehicles, there may be a continuous reduction in power steering assist when shifting into "Reverse" or "Drive." The customer may have noticed a loss of radio sound, power window and lock functions. For this 3.0L concern, the cause may be internal shorting of the Transmission Range (TR) sensor.


    For those vehicles with intermittent reduction in power steering assist, refer to the following Service Procedure, Step 3.

    For those 3.0L vehicles with continuous reduction in power steering assist when shifting into "Reverse" or "Drive," replace the TR sensor. Refer to the following Service Procedure for details.


    1. Perform normal diagnostics for high steering efforts found in Section 11 of the 1996 Taurus/Sable Service Manual.

    2. For a continuous reduction in power steering assist concern on 3.0L engines when the transmission is shifted into "Reverse" or "Drive," disconnect the harness connection from the TR sensor and retest. If the steering functions correctly, replace the TR sensor (-7F293-).

    3. Perform diagnostics for the GEM, refer to the 1996 Taurus/Sable Service Manual, Section 18-04. Observe any codes that have been logged by the GEM. If no codes have been logged, and communication with the GEM functions properly, then replace the GEM with a revised GEM (-14B205-) which has a calibration adjustment. Refer to the 1996 Taurus/Sable Service Manual, Section 13 for replacement details.


    F7DZ-14B205-AB Generic Electronic Module (GEM)

    F7DZ-14B2O5-BB GEM (Gulf coast country vehicles)

    F5DZ-7F293-AA Transmission Range (TR) Sensor (8-Pin connector)

    F6DZ-7F293-A Transmission Range (TR) Sensor (12-Pin connector)



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Sounds like you may have the wrong key

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I have the 97 Taurus GL, bought used. Had the same problem. I found that there is a different key for my trunk. The problem with the door locks though was that they set up from not being used by the previous owner. So, I got some lubricant akin to WD-40 that said it would help on rusty parts too. I got a can with a small straw that hooks to the nozzle and sprayed a good dose into the keyhole then worked it in with the key, locking and unlocking it several times. Worked like a charm. I no longer have problems with the door locks at all. Good as new.

Posted on Mar 26, 2009

  • Simon61161 Mar 26, 2009

    Sorry, I just realized your question is regarding a remote key. I was posting about a manual key. Well, if anyone is having a problem with a manual key, then.....



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