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2003 ford explorer. Keypad lights up but will not accept the code to manually unlock it. What could be the problem and how do I fix it thanks

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It may have lost it memory-check the owners manual for reprogramming a new number-cheers Denny

Posted on Nov 19, 2013

  • Leslie Ferrell Nov 24, 2013

    Ty. But unfortunately I don't have an owners manual



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SOURCE: Need keyless door entry code 2006 explorer

Open the glove box. On the sides of the glove box you will see 2 tabs pull them to open the box all the way. When you have that open there is a black computer with info printed on it. The code is there.

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SOURCE: I forgot the code to unlock the keypad on my 2003

the only way to get your code is with a dealer computor, Check under hood as code is usually stuck to hood arm and on door frame or in glove box. It will just be a paper with 5 numbers on it. good luck.

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SOURCE: I can not unlock my doors with the keypad

you need the original code for the vehicle if you do not have it you are going to have to find the module and get the code off of it.not sure where it is on this one.

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SOURCE: 2001 ford explorer sport, door keypad reset

How to find the Security Keyless Keypad Code on the 1995-2001 Ford Explorer or Mountaineer and how to use the Keypad functions. The factory code is also printed on a label which is installed on the Remote Anti-theft Personality (RAP) Module. This is the module that controls the keyless entry system. It is located in the left rear quarter behind the removable panel (see photo). You will need to turn the two thumb screws counter clockwise and take the plastic panel off to be able to see the unit. A flashlight may be helpful in seeing the code. You are looking for the module and the 5 digit code on it like the one shown below.


Now that you’ve got the code I’ll tell you how to use the Keyless entry and set-up your own code.Make sure when pressing the controls on the keyless entry keypad you press the middle of the buttons to ensure good contact with the controls.


Check this for Programing the Keypad.

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SOURCE: 2003 Ford Explorer code p0741 Will

May fix problem temporarily.really need to diagnose the problem.This is a lock-up performance problem, meaning either the torque converter clutch is not engaging or not holding.Could be wear in the valve body or pump,bad solenoid,bad converter or a combination of the three.Most common problem is wear in the valve body that can be repaired several ways ( sonex or transgo kits) or replacing valve body with new(big $$$).This code is usually the beginning of the end.If the vehicle has more than 80,000 miles and it was in my shop I would recomend overhaul due to cronic wear concerns with these transmissions.Most likely if you due spend 500 to 1000 trying to fix this one code you will still need to overhaul in the near future.Good Luck.

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