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Keypad entry preset

I just bought a used 2005 Freestyle from a Toyota dealer. I was lucky enough to get a user manuel with the crossover, but it didn't come with a wallet identification card. I can't seem to locate the "computer module" referenced in the manual which has the factory preset etched in it. Where do I need to look for it? Or can I just call the Ford dealership to get the preset code?

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  • roger944 Dec 01, 2008

    2007 Freestyle with no keypad code.  Where is the computer module?



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I have a 05 Ford Freestyle Limited and I was lucky to get it as a one owner it came with all that stuff, but I beleave if you remove the three hex head screws under the front edge of the panel below the steering column. But one of the screws is behind the hood release lever. The panel is also attached with clips at the top edge; just pop these out. The computer module is the same black box that has the fuses -- it says "pull" on the front where you can take the lid off to change fuses. The code should be on the front of this but it might be on the back. Once you do find the code I recommand that you go by what the factory manual says about setting you own personal code just for the future so you don't have the same problem. I hope this solves your issue and also when you do get it working properly, you can also unlock all the doors by pressing the 3-4 key with in 5 seconds of enter the key pad code. As well as lock all doors by pressing 7-8 and 9-0 keys at the same time, but this doesn't require entering the code key. So have a nice day and good luck.

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Ford Taurus and many other models. If like me, you tried following the instructions in your Owner's Manual for disabling the autolock feature (from hell) meticulously but without success, here was the secret which finally worked and most likely will for you.

Follow the "keyless entry keypad" method of disabling the feature exactly, but with one critical exception. Do not close the driver-side door! The moment I made this singular deviation the procedure worked perfectly.

There's one further absolutely essential point not directly mentioned in the previous solution. Be keenly aware, the autolock feature can ONLY be disabled using the factory 5-digit passcode! Attempting to perform the "keyless entry keypad" procedure using your personal passcode will NOT work.

I suspect the reason why the standard procedure doesn't work for a substantial minority of us, has to do with the combination of optional features installed each individual vehicle. In my case, the only thing which deviates from the norm is not having the factory-installed theft alarm system. Due to a programming oversight in the computer module's logic, its perception of whether the driver's door is open or closed becomes exactly reversed. Thus in certain cases the door must open rather than closed, in contradiction of the instructions.

In summary, should the standard procedure fail to work with the driver's door closed, then perform it with the door open. One or the other will almost certainty work for everyone. Don't give up trying! Disabling this profoundly annoying "feature" was one of the very best things I've done since owning my Taurus.

If you have a few moments to spare, please drop a line and let me know if this solution finally worked for you also. To the best of my knowledge, Ford still isn't aware of this oversight nor its easy resolution. Considering the reverse logic involved, it's unlikely the thought of intentionally violating one of the procedure's steps would've occurred to anyone other than a programmer.

Before closing, it's highly worthy of mention Chiquitita's submission above is quite outstanding. This being why the topic sparked my interest and subsequent desire to maximize it's success rate for all Ford owners rather than just a majority.

Posted on Dec 07, 2008

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    Mike Adams Dec 07, 2008

    Roger944. Being a Taurus rather than Freestyle owner, I can only describe the location of my vehicle's computer module, which is just under the dash-panel behind the glove compartment.

    In accordance with Ford protocol, the factory 5-digit passcode is printed in bold black lettering on an oval-shaped white sticker about the size of an inch long jelly-bean. There are three stickers in all, each of which you can find in the one of the following locations, in order of easiest access:

    • affixed to the owner's card in the leather pouch accompanying your Owner's Manual located in the glove compartment

    • affixed somewhere along the left, right or bottom edge of your trunk or hatch; in some models it's affixed near the toolkit stowed beneath the spare in the tire well.

    • affixed to the body of the electronic computer module located behind the glove compartment.

    For brevity's sake, I won't repeat the computer module locations already mentioned in the previous solution nicely explained by Chiquititas, above my own.

    In certain models, the computer module is located just under the dashboard, positioned in such a manner allowing it to be read thru the windshield from outside the vehicle. In order to do so, you must first remove the appropriate defrost heating vent located on the top-front of the dash-panel, just behind the inside windshield. Use of an intensely bright source of light is absolutely essential.

    If you can't locate one of the other two more readily accessible stickers, this last approach is far preferable than having to tear the entire dashboard apart or having to pay a whopping fee to the dealer.

    So you're aware, the individual factory 5-digit passcode is derived from your unique vehicle identification number (VIN). The dealer simply enters your VIN into a decryption program which uses a standardized algorithm to generate the vehicle's unique factory-set passcode. Upon which, you'll be charged a minimum of $50 for all the exhaustive work involved typing each of the 17-digits followed by the enter key. Roger944, good luck, over and out.


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You can use the keyless entry keypad to � Lock or unlock the doors without using a key. � Open the liftgate window. � Activate or deactivate the autolock feature.

Where the code can be found

  • This code is located on the owner�s wallet card in the glove box
  • Is available from your authorized dealer via scan code
  • Is marked on the computer module

Computer Module location
  • 1995 thru 2001 is located in the jack storage compartment in the rear of your Explorer. First remove the panel to the jack storage compartment. Towards the front of this area you should see a metal box this is your auto-lock module(way up front next to your rear left passenger seat). On the back side of this is your 5 digit code factory preset code. It is hard to get to. To see it you will have to loosen, pull, use a flashlight or a mirror but it can be done.

  • 2002 thru 2007 is in the right panel behind the middle row window. It is below the seat belt mechanism. You have to pull out the top plastic panel off, then loosen the lower panel to be able to see the face of the computer module. The code is on a sticker on the face of the module.

Programming a personal entry code The factory set code cannot be reprogrammed but you can create your own 5�digit personal entry code. When pressing the controls on the keypad, press the middle of the controls to ensure a good activation.
Up to three personal entry codes may be programmed to the vehicle. To create your own personal entry code:

  • 1. Enter the factory set code.
  • 2. Within five seconds press the 1 � 2 on the keypad.
  • 3. Enter your personal 5-digit code. Each number must be entered within five seconds of each other.
  • 4. Press 1 � 2, 3 � 4 or 5 � 6 to indicate which of the three personal entry code positions you wish to use.
  • 5. The doors will again lock then unlock to confirm that your personal key code has been programmed to the module.

  • Do not set a code that uses five of the same number.
  • Do not use five numbers in sequential order.
  • The factory set code will work even if you have set your own personal code.
  • If you program a code to a position that already contains a set code, the previously-set code will be erased.

Erasing personal code
  • 1. Enter the factory set 5�digit code.
  • 2. Within five seconds, press the 1 � 2 on the keypad and release.
  • 3. Press and hold the 1 � 2 for two seconds. This must be done within five seconds of completing Step 2.
All personal codes are now erased and only the factory set 5�digit code will work.

Anti-scan feature If the wrong code has been entered 7 times (35 consecutive button presses), the keypad will go into an anti-scan mode. This mode disables the keypad for one minute and the keypad lamp will flash.

The anti-scan feature will turn off after
  • One minute of keypad inactivity.
  • Pressing the UNLOCK control on the remote entry transmitter.
  • The ignition is turned to the 3 (ON) position.

Unlocking and locking the doors, liftgate and liftgate window using keyless entry
  • To unlock the driver�s door, enter the factory set 5-digit code or one of the vehicle�s personal codes.
  • Each number must be pressed within five seconds of each other. The interior lamps will illuminate.
  • To unlock all doors and liftgate, press the 3 � 4 control within five seconds.
  • To open the liftgate window, press the 5 � 6 control within five seconds.
  • To lock all doors, liftgate and liftgate window, press the 7 � 8 and the 9 � 0 at the same time.

  • Note: The driver�s door must be closed. You do not need to enter the keypad code first.

Deactivating/activating autolock
  • Your vehicle comes with the autolock feature enabled.
Note: The autolock feature can be activated/deactivated independently of the autounlock feature.
Before following the activation or deactivation procedures, make sure that the anti-theft system is not armed, ignition is in the 1 (OFF/LOCK)position, and all vehicle doors, liftgate and liftgate window are closed.
*Keyless entry key pad procedure

  • 1. Turn the ignition to the 1 (OFF/LOCK) position.
  • 2. Close all doors, the liftgate and liftgate window.
  • 3. Enter 5�digit entry code
  • 4. Press and hold the 3 � 4. While holding the 3 � 4 press the 7 � 8.
  • 5. Release the 7 � 8.
  • 6. Release the 3 � 4.
The user should receive a horn chirp to indicate the system has been disabled or a chirp followed by a honk to indicate the system has been enabled.
Autounlock The autounlock feature will unlock all the doors when: � the ignition is in the 3 (ON) position, all the doors are closed, and the vehicle has been in motion at a speed greater than 12 mph (20 km/h); � the vehicle has then come to a stop and the ignition is turned to the 1 (OFF/LOCK) or 2 (ACC) position; and � the driver door is opened within 10 minutes of the ignition being transitioned to the 1 (OFF/LOCK) or 2 (ACC) position.
Note: The doors will not autounlock if the vehicle has been electronically locked before the driver door is opened.

Deactivating/activating autounlock - Keyless entry key pad procedure Your vehicle comes with the autounlock feature activated.

  • 1. Turn the ignition to the 1 (OFF/LOCK) position.
  • 2. Close all doors, the liftgate and liftgate window.
  • 3. Enter 5�digit entry code
  • 4. Press and hold the 3 � 4. While holding the 3 � 4 press the 7 � 8 twice.
  • 5. Release the 7 � 8.
  • 6. Release the 3 � 4.
The user should receive a horn chirp to indicate the system has been disabled or a chirp followed by a honk to indicate the system has been enabled.

The keyless entry touch pad can use two codes. The factory code and one
personal code .
To program your own personal code, select a 5 digit code that doesn't use 5 digits in
sequence or the same button 5 times.
Enter your factory code
Within 5 seconds press the 1/2 button
Within 5 seconds of pressing the 1/2 button, enter your 5 digit personal code,
pressing each digit within 5 seconds of the previous digit.
You can now use either code to operate the keypad

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