Ford Key Replacements, Fobs & Key Programming

Ford Key Programming & How it Works

A traditional car key, like a door key, is a piece of metal with indentations and it is a method that served us well for hundreds of years. But everything has its day, and the mechanical car key is on its last legs. The vast majority of vehicles these days come with electronic keys and locks – and Ford is a manufacturer that is moving with the times. There is therefore a need for programming Ford keys in the UK and we at Car Keys Solutions are skilled exponents of the art of Ford key programming. As is true of many things in life, the customer doesn’t really need to understand what this entails; all you have to do is contact us, tell us about the vehicle and we will do the rest. In a nutshell, the car has a computer that controls the door locking and the key has to be programmed to connect with the computer.

Ford key programming can be required for various reasons. For instance, if the car came with only one key and you want a spare, either for safety’s sake or to give to someone else who is going to drive the vehicle, you’ll get a new key but without programming, it won’t work. Then an expert will take it and in a flurry of fingers the magic information is programmed into the key and the car will respond to it.

Another reason may be that you lose your original key and although you get a new one, programmed and working fine, there is that feeling in the back of your mind that someone might find the original and use it to get into your car. If the system has been reprogrammed, that won’t happen, because the original code will have been erased and a new one created. It’s one more welcome safeguard in a world where security is ever more important.

The Best Option for Your Ford Keyless Fob Replacement in London

If you’re in the position of having lost your car keys, you are not alone. Whether you’ve just misplaced them, dropped them or even had them stolen, right now you’re feeling pretty rotten. At best, you sense this is going to be a major inconvenience, at worst your car could be vulnerable to theft or vandalism. The AA have done the research and estimates a staggering 16% of us lose our car keys every year in the UK. With nearly 40 million cars on the road, that’s a lot of stress and anguish for every 1 in 7 drivers. The good news is that if you drive a Ford, key fob replacement is relatively easy to do, once you’ve got the experts on board. Read More

Ford Key Replacement Through the UK’s Most Trusted Auto Locksmith

Car keys have changed beyond all recognition in recent years. The electronics behind key coding require the use of authorised and protected software by trained and qualified technicians and engineers. Your high street key-cutters can’t handle this type of work. It’s a job for professionals and all reputable companies will be approved by motoring bodies such as the RAC. The best people are trained to solve key issues for just about all the cars on the market. Genuine Ford key replacement also needs to be done by correctly authorised businesses. Car Keys Solutions have been operating in this specialist area since 2014. We cover the whole of London and its surrounding counties.

Rapid Action NOW – Just What You Need to Get Your Ford Key Replacement

With the number of emergency calls we get to our hotline, we know first-hand the distress and upset created by a key loss situation. We also know that if we react promptly and solve the problems quickly, our customers will have a positive experience which will help the company’s future success and reputation.

The company founder is a former world championship rally team technician. His past experiences of dealing with major motoring problems in a fast and efficient way have set the business template for Car Keys Solutions. The team has grown to operate from four locations of auto locksmiths around London, with over 40 staff working to deliver fast conclusions through a versatile mobile service. If you take a look at the reviews, you’ll get a good feel for how we operate and the speed at which we respond to each enquiry. Let us take care of your Ford key fob replacement. It’ll be sorted in a flash.

Take Action Today – Call for A Quote for Your Ford Key Replacement

If you’re concerned that this process is an expensive one, rest assured, Ford key replacement is very reasonably priced and if you need to get a quote before you go ahead, then give us a call on 0203 393 5669. Alternatively, you could use the quick estimate feature on this website. Just enter your car registration and click the search button. It’s as simple as that. The truth is, the problem isn’t going to go away, so start the process now and get yourself an estimate. No matter what the problem is with your keys, such as car key cutting, or car remote key replacement, we can help. Read Less




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Ford has always been an excellent motor company. Having built vehicles across all ranges, they are prevalent in the UK and have earned themselves the name as the Backbone of Britain. In the mid-1990s, vehicle manufacturers started to use immobiliser systems, and Ford used a selection of different remote and manual keys.


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Old Ford vehicles equipped with immobilisers had a red master key that allowed key programming of another Ford replacement key by a procedure of cycling ignition. All other keys are valet keys, and they were black. However, more modern systems don’t have a master key, and the only way to create a new Ford key replacement is by diagnostic equipment. The Tibbe Ford key style came into circulation during the 1990s and was the shape of an oval with tips. This type of key was used across the full range of Ford cars and vans until it was stopped late 2013 on the Transit Connects.


The vehicle security system used by Ford is called PATS (Passive Anti-Theft Systems). It integrates several control units that have to be aligned in the programming software for the engine to be able to start. All Ford vehicles have a PATS LED indicator. When the ignition is switched on, they will brighten for approximately three seconds, and at this time, it runs a self-test. When the PATS system is immobilised, the LEDs will flash quickly, or the light will go out if the test has passed.




If breaking or losing your Ford key, and you’re considering using a main dealer for replacing and programming new ones – think about the cost. You have to tow your vehicle to the dealership before you add the cost of the transponder chip programming, as well as the possible other control units replacement. However, if you choose Car Keys Solutions, the car keys specialist, we will be with you on the very same day with our mobile service. We can cut new keys on the spot, and program your Ford replacement key while you wait!


We highly recommend that you have a Ford spare key in case of an emergency. It is the most cost-effective and hassle-free way to prevent getting into trouble when you lose or break your key. We can also create a spare car key on the spot, to give you peace of mind that you’re not going to be away from behind the wheel for very long.



In some cases, the remote key or transponder chip can become desynchronised. In this case, ECU installed in the car will not be able to recognise the correct signal and will stop the engine from starting or central locking to operate. If the car won’t start and you believe it is a problem with the key, then it may be that the transponder chip needs re-syncing. Here at Car Keys Solutions, we have the latest dedicated diagnostic and programming equipment to reprogram Ford keys and get them working again. Before you apply for a brand new set of keys for your car or van, give us a call as we may be able to help and provide a cheaper option!


Have you accidentally locked car keys in the boot of your car or the back of your van? Is there something that you’ve left in your locked vehicle that you urgently need to get out? Well, this is more common than you may think! Car Keys Solutions’ emergency team can be at your side quicker than ever to open your doors. Our auto locksmiths are professionally trained and experienced in the best techniques to get your vehicle doors open quickly and safely with no nicks or dents left behind.


Not every key needs replacing after it gets broken. Fixing a broken car key can be just as easy as making a new one. Our skilled Ford auto locksmiths can piece together and fix any broken components at a fraction of the cost of a brand new Ford replacement key. If your key has snapped off in your car door or bent in the ignition, then we can extract it without leaving any damage. We can also repair Ford keys that are sealed when the remote stops functioning.


Maybe it’s not your key that’s broken, and it’s perhaps a lock that’s causing the problem or even the ignition. Thankfully, our experts can identify the problem efficiently and have it fixed in no time. If your key gets stuck in the lock, we can remove it safely and even repair the lock afterwards. Using the best equipment, our highly trained auto locksmiths can get the job done without any fuss.


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Most vehicles sold in England after 1995 have an immobiliser function, including a transponder chip fitted into a remote key or manual key. As technology has evolved, immobiliser systems are continually changing and becoming more and more complex. About 15 years ago, Ford changed the anti-theft system operation. Keys programmed using the fixed transponder code now use a more advanced system of coding with different security code every time the vehicle starts. The coding procedure is known as a rolling code. This will help to keep cars secure and safe from anyone trying to break in with a duplicate key. A control unit operates the security system as a standalone unit or part of another module. The immobiliser ensures that every time a key not programmed to that specific vehicle is used, the engine will be stopped from starting.



We cover practically every model of Ford in our car and van key repair and replacement services. With the expert knowledge to know what your car needs, we can repair and replace car keys for:


Ford Transit key

Here is the blue head remote key fob with a Tibbe blade equipped on the Ford Transit from 2006-2014. Here at Car Keys Solutions, we provide Ford Transit key replacements like this one the same day service.

Useful tips:

  • If the key remote is not operating, it could be that the remote’s battery has gone down. These types of remotes are sealed and not designed for servicing or battery replacement. The remote battery recharges by being in constant use in the ignition.
  • Over time those types of Ford keys blades begin to wear out, and locks or ignition barrels become hard to turn. Replacing the key blade when it starts wearing out, will extend the life of the door barrels and ignition barrel.
  • Activating central locking function by operation of the key in the door barrel over a long time, then the barrel will fail. You should leave the door lock usage only for an emergency alternative to opening the car/van and not for the everyday daily use.

Ford Transit & Transit Custom

This flip remote key fob is equipped on the above models and is an evolution from the old Tibbe key. Here at Car Keys Solutions, we do car key repairs and replace this type of Ford remote key on the same day service.

Useful tips:

  • If your Ford Transit remote is not operating, it could be that the remote battery has gone down. Those types of remotes are sealed and not designed for servicing or battery replacement. Here at Car Keys Solutions, we can provide a replacement car key at the same time we repair it.
  • In the case of a no start with an immobiliser active, then you should check the handbook message on your dashboard. The most common reasons for this fault are:
    1. the antenna reader around the ignition barrel may be faulty and fail to read the transponder in the remote key.
    2.The key may have become defective.
  • The ignition barrel on these Transits can become defective and get jammed, therefore not allowing the remote key to turn. When you need an ignition barrel repaired or replaced, call Car Keys Solutions on 020 3918 7138. Auto locksmith on same day service, and we stock a wide range of ignition barrels and locks.

When you require a replacement Ford key or Ford auto locksmith service, contact us with your vehicle details, and we’ll get you an exact estimate.


Ford Black Head Tibbe blade

Here is the second generation of Ford remote key fob using the Tibbe blade. This type of key was trendy and used in many cars and vans listed above. It is a stylish evolution from the old square type remote used previously. Here at Car Keys Solutions, our auto key locksmiths cut keys and program them as this type on the same day service, without exception.

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If your remote function has stopped, it could be that the remote battery has gone down. Replacing a remote battery is usually a DIY job, but if you need assistance, then please contact us.



At Car Keys Solutions, we operate several mobile London auto locksmith services units. They are equipped with the highest quality diagnostic equipment to make sure that your car key problems are solved as efficiently as possible. We can supply brand new keys as well as replacements or duplicate Ford keys for all models. We pride ourselves on providing a cost-effective option for you when it comes to cutting out the expensive high-street showrooms and dealerships. Our excellent auto locksmiths will come to you when you need us seven days/week. We aim to provide you with an efficient service every time anywhere and come straight to you on the very same day!

Unlocking the Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to Ford Key Replacement

Losing or damaging your Ford car keys can be a major inconvenience, leaving you stranded and frustrated. But fear not because we've got you covered with the ultimate guide to Ford key replacement. Whether you drive a Ford Focus, Mustang, or F-150, we've got the answers to all your key-related questions.

In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the different types of Ford keys, how they work, and what options are available to replace them. From traditional keys to advanced keyless entry systems, you'll learn everything you need to secure your Ford vehicle's new set of keys.

We'll also explore the cost of Ford key replacement, the pros and cons of different replacement methods, and where to go for reliable and affordable key replacement services. And if you're wondering whether to choose an original Ford key or a third-party option, we'll help you make an informed decision.

So, if you're in a key predicament and need a solution, keep reading to unlock the secrets of Ford's key replacement.

The Importance of Ford Key Replacement

Your Ford keys are more than just a means to start your vehicle. They are essential to your vehicle's security system, ensuring that only authorised individuals can access and operate your car. Therefore, when you lose or damage your Ford keys, it's crucial to prioritise their replacement to maintain the security of your vehicle.

Not only does replacing your Ford keys restore your ability to use your vehicle, but it also provides peace of mind, knowing that your car is protected against unauthorised access. Whether you misplaced your keys, had them stolen, or accidentally damaged them, taking immediate action to replace them is essential.

Types of Ford Keys

Ford vehicles come with various types of keys, depending on the model and year of your vehicle. Understanding the different types of Ford keys will help you determine the appropriate replacement method and ensure compatibility with your vehicle's locking and ignition system.

  1. Traditional Keys: Traditional Ford keys are the most basic type of key, commonly used in older Ford models. They consist of a metal blade inserted into the ignition switch to start the car. Locksmiths or dealerships can easily replicate these keys.
  2. Transponder Keys: Transponder keys, also known as chip keys, have an embedded electronic chip that communicates with the vehicle's immobiliser system. The chip sends a unique code to the car's ignition, allowing it to start. This added security feature allows unauthorised individuals to start the vehicle with the correct key.
  3. Keyless Entry Remotes: Keyless entry remotes, also called key fobs or smart keys, provide convenient access to your Ford vehicle. These remotes allow you to lock, unlock, and start your car without inserting a physical key into the ignition. Keyless entry remotes use a combination of radio frequency and sophisticated encryption technology to communicate with your vehicle's security system.

Reasons for Needing a Ford Key Replacement

There are several reasons why you might find yourself in need of a Ford key replacement. Let's explore some common scenarios that may require you to replace your Ford keys:

  1. Lost Keys: Misplacing your Ford keys can happen to anyone. Whether they slipped out of your pocket, fell out of your bag, or got left behind somewhere, losing your keys can be a stressful experience. In such cases, replacing your keys is necessary to regain access to your vehicle.
  2. Stolen Keys: If your Ford keys were stolen, it's crucial to replace them immediately to prevent unauthorised access to your vehicle. Even if your car is parked in a secure location, stolen keys can be used to gain entry to your vehicle at a later time.
  3. Damaged Keys: Over time, wear and tear can take a toll on your Ford keys, causing them to become damaged or dysfunctional. A bent or broken key may not work properly in the ignition or door locks, requiring a replacement.
  4. Getting a spare: If you just purchased a Ford car or van and only come with one key, it is the best practice to get a spare key.

How to Determine if You Need a Ford Key Replacement

If you're unsure whether you need a Ford key replacement, here are some signs to look out for:

  1. Inability to Start the Car: If your key no longer turns in the ignition or the engine fails to start, it could indicate that your key is damaged or needs replacement.
  2. Key Doesn't Unlock the Doors: If your key doesn't unlock the doors of your Ford vehicle, it may be a sign that the key is worn out or the lock mechanism is faulty. In such cases, a car key replacement may be necessary.
  3. Key Fob Malfunctions: If your keyless entry remote or key fob stops working, it may be due to a dead battery or internal damage. If replacing the battery doesn't resolve the issue, a replacement key fob may be required.
  4. Visible Key Damage: Examine your key for any visible signs of damage, such as bent or broken pieces. If you notice any significant damage, replacing the key is best to prevent further issues.

Steps to Take When You Need a Ford Key Replacement

When you find yourself in need of a Ford key replacement, follow these steps to ensure a smooth and hassle-free process:

  1. Gather Vehicle Information: Before seeking a key replacement, gather essential information about your Ford vehicle, such as the make, model, year, and vehicle identification number (VIN). This information will help car locksmiths or dealerships determine the correct key type for your vehicle.
  2. Contact a Professional Locksmith or Dealership: Contact a reputable auto locksmith specialising in automotive key replacement, or contact your nearest Ford dealership. Discuss your situation and provide the necessary information about your vehicle to get expert advice and guidance.
  3. Verify Ownership and Identity: To ensure the security of your vehicle, locksmiths or dealerships may require proof of ownership and identification. Be prepared to provide documents such as vehicle registration, driver's license, and proof of address.
  4. Choose a Replacement Method: Depending on your situation and budget, you'll have different options for Ford key replacement. Consider factors such as convenience, cost, and security when choosing between traditional keys, transponder keys, or keyless entry remotes.
  5. Program the Replacement Key: Opting for a transponder key or keyless entry remote must be programmed to work with your vehicle's immobiliser system. This process typically requires specialised equipment and expertise, so seeking professional assistance is recommended.
  6. Test the Replacement Key: Once you have the replacement key in hand, test it to ensure it functions correctly. Start your vehicle, lock and unlock the doors, and test any other functions specific to your key type to verify its proper operation.
  7. Keep Spare Keys: Consider getting a spare key or two after completing the key replacement process. Having spare keys can save you from future emergencies and provide peace of mind.

Ford Key Replacement Options

When it comes to Ford key replacement, you have several options to choose from. Let's explore the pros and cons of each:

  1. Locksmith Services: Working with a professional locksmith specialising in automotive key replacement can be a convenient and cost-effective option. Locksmiths often offer on-site services and can provide replacement keys for various Ford models, including transponder keys and keyless entry remotes.
  2. Ford Dealerships: Ford dealerships are an official source for genuine Ford keys and remotes. While they may provide reliable products and services, dealership prices can be higher compared to independent locksmiths or third-party suppliers.
  3. Third-Party Suppliers: Numerous third-party suppliers offer aftermarket Ford keys and remotes. These alternatives can be more cost-effective than dealership options but may vary in quality and compatibility. It's important to research reputable third-party suppliers and read reviews before purchasing.
  4. DIY Key Replacement Kits: If you're comfortable with a do-it-yourself approach, key replacement kits are available for certain Ford models. These kits typically include blank keys or key fobs and instructions for programming them. However, DIY key replacement may only be suitable for simple key types or if you have the necessary skills and equipment.

Finding a Reliable Locksmith for Ford Key Replacement

When searching for a reliable locksmith for Ford key replacement, consider the following factors:

  1. Reputation and Experience: Look for locksmiths with a solid reputation and extensive experience in automotive key replacement. Check online reviews, ask for recommendations from friends or family, and inquire about their expertise with Ford vehicles.
  2. Licensing and Certification: Ensure the locksmith is licensed and certified to perform automotive key replacement services. This ensures they have the necessary knowledge and skills to handle your Ford vehicle.
  3. Emergency Services: If you are in an urgent key replacement situation, look for locksmiths who offer 24/7 emergency services. This ensures that you can get assistance whenever you need it.
  4. Pricing and Transparency: Request quotes from different locksmiths and compare their prices. Be cautious of extremely low prices, as they may indicate subpar products or services. Additionally, opt for locksmiths who are transparent about their pricing, including any additional fees or charges.
  5. Warranty and Guarantees: Inquire about any warranties or guarantees the locksmith provides for their key replacement services. A reputable locksmith will stand behind their work and offer a warranty period for their products and services.

DIY Ford Key Replacement Tips

If you're considering a DIY approach to Ford key replacement, here are some tips to help you navigate the process:

  1. Research Your Vehicle: Understand your specific Ford model's key type and programming requirements. Refer to your vehicle's owner's manual or online resources to gather the necessary information.
  2. Purchase the Correct Key: Ensure you purchase the correct replacement key or key fob for your Ford model. Verify its compatibility with your vehicle's immobiliser system and follow any specific instructions provided.
  3. Follow Programming Instructions: Carefully follow the programming instructions provided with the replacement key. These instructions may involve a combination of key sequences, button presses, or using specialised programming tools. Take your time and follow the steps precisely to avoid any programming errors.
  4. Seek Professional Assistance if Needed: If you encounter difficulties during the DIY key replacement process or if your Ford model requires specialised equipment, it's best to seek professional assistance. Improper programming or key cutting can result in key malfunctions or damage your vehicle's security system.
  5. Keep Spare Keys: Just like with professional key replacement, consider getting spare keys to avoid future emergencies. Store them safely or share them with a trusted family member or friend.

Ford Key Replacement Cost

The cost of Ford key replacement can vary depending on several factors, including the type of key, the method of replacement, and the service provider. Here's a general overview of the potential costs:

  1. Traditional Keys: Traditional keys are typically the least expensive to replace, ranging from £5 to £50, depending on where you get them cut and programmed.
  2. Transponder Keys: Transponder keys are more advanced and require programming to work with your vehicle's immobiliser system. The cost of a transponder key replacement can range from £50 to £200, including car key cutting and programming.
  3. Keyless Entry Remotes: Keyless entry remotes are generally more expensive to replace compared to traditional keys or transponder keys. The cost can range from £150 to £1000, depending on the complexity of the key fob and the programming required.
  4. Professional Auto Locksmith Services: Working with a professional locksmith for key replacement services can save you money compared to dealership prices. Locksmiths may charge additional fees for on-site services or emergency assistance, so inquire about their pricing structure.
  5. Dealership Services: Ford dealership prices for key replacement can be higher and more inconvenient than other options. Also, dealership services are only provided at their location, and if you are stranded, mobile service is not available.

It's important to note that these are general price ranges, and actual costs may vary based on your location, vehicle model, and other factors. It's recommended to request quotes from different service providers to get a more accurate estimate.

Conclusion: Securing Your Ford with a Reliable Key Replacement Solution

Losing or damaging your Ford car keys can be a frustrating experience, but with the right knowledge and resources, you can quickly and effectively replace them. This ultimate guide to Ford key replacement has provided valuable insights into the types of Ford keys, reasons for replacement, steps to take, and various replacement options.

Whether you work with a professional auto locksmith, visit a Ford dealership, or opt for a DIY approach, prioritising the security of your Ford vehicle is essential. By securing a reliable key replacement solution, you can regain access to your car and ensure that only authorised individuals can operate it.

Remember to gather the necessary information about your vehicle, choose the correct key type, and follow the recommended steps for replacement. Whether you're driving a Ford Transit, Focus, Mustang, or F-150, take control of your key predicament and unlock the secrets of Ford key replacement.

So, the next time you face a key-related challenge, refer to this comprehensive guide to confidently navigate the process and secure a new set of keys for your Ford vehicle.



When it comes to getting a replacement car key for your car, turn to Car Keys Solutions! We will make sure to provide you with a cost-effective service, which will save you a lot of money compared to going directly to your nearest Ford dealership.

With our mobile service, we can come to you at the best convenient time. We also have an emergency hotline, so you can rest assured that we’re here for you from 8 am to 10 pm every day. We are one of London’s Ford key replacement leading specialists, so make sure to contact us on 020 3918 7138 today!



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“The price was good, and overall can't be faulted. The technician was great, keeping to social distancing appropriately. Very much recommended.”

Rob Melling


“Car Key Solutions came recommended and from my 1st phone call enquiry to the Technician conducting the work faultless, highly professional and only happy to recommend.”

Tom Evans


“Engineer arrived on time and was extremely professional. Problem was fixed in less than an hour. Big thumbs up to Car Keys Solutions.”

Chelsey Meuio Santos


“The price was good, and overall can't be faulted. The technician was great, keeping to social distancing appropriately. Very much recommended.”

Rob Melling


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