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I have a 2001 ford explorer. If i tape the chip key under the dash will the computer pick up the chip key if i try to start it with a regular key?

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I don't know why you would want to do that, unless your key is broken and your trying to used your spare key, but no that will not work, you would need to hold the key with the chip next to the ignition key hole for the computer to pick up the chip's signal.

Posted on Jul 05, 2010

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    Alexander Mimun Jul 05, 2010

    Careful if you try this to many time, your truck will go into theft mode and will not star anymore, the theft light will start to flash with the key in start, now it's in theft mode and will have to be reprogramed.

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