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I have a 1999 ford f150.when i bought it they told the reason it wouldnt start was because it needed a programmed key.so i tried to get one programmed and they told me they couldnt because the computer wasnt responding. Do you think i should try replacing my ignition switch?

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The Ignition switch could help and it is an inexpensive part to try. I would also try to get hold of a scanner and see if the computer is working and showing any problem Codes.

The recoding process is different even within the same Manufacturer. Usually you have a Coded key and insert it into the Ignition, then remove it and turn the Ignition 4 times or hit the Doorlock button 4 times and insert the blank key. The Ignition imprints the blank with the computer access code.

A bad Ignition switch would prevent the Codes from going through the key. But you may have to use a Vin# if you do not have a Coded key to duplicate and you will need to go through a Dealer.

Posted on Sep 17, 2010

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    howard Apr 07, 2014

    no, the key reader is in the cluster panel. check panel fuse, if it works great. Otherwise you need to go get a new or used cluster panel from a salvage yard and the ignition and keys so all match up with the same codes.

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