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Ford and Lincoln Dead Key Fob Help: Part I, Getting In

Getting into Your Ford or Lincoln

Retrieving the mechanical key

Ford and Lincoln vehicles use a number of different Intelligent Access Ford Key #1(IA) (remote control or ‘clicker’) key styles. Two of the key fobs use a sliding release on the back side to release the key. Two new key fobs use a push button to release the mechanical key, and one is much easier than the other to use. Another holds the key inside the fob itself and is really difficult to remove.

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Ford Key #2To release the mechanical key blade in your IA key fob, slide the release on the back of the transmitter and pull the blade out. You can now use the mechanical key to unlock the driver’s door.

An exception is the third key fob style shown. In this case, the removable mechanical key blade is inside the fob. Slide the release on the back of the Ford key style 3remote control (top arrow) and pivot the cover off (pull is straight up and off) to access the key blade. That mechanical key can now be used to unlock the driver’s door.

The fourth key was introduced in most Lincolns and some Fords in 2017, and it is the simplest to use. New Ford KeyIt has a push button on the front of the mechanical key itself near the key ring space. Simply push the button and pull the mechanical key away from the IA key.

Getting Inside

In 2013, the Ford Fusion became yet another car that has the key hole Ford Keyhole Coverhidden under a cap at the back of the driver’s door handle. The 2015 Mustang and the 2016 Edge have since been added to this list.

To remove the cap, insert the key blade into the slot on the bottom of the handle (left image, bottom arrow) and press up. While holding that upward pressure, move the cap rearward to release it. Gently remove the key while doing so. Yes, the effect is that of prying off a piece of your car but its OK and necessary!

To reinstall the cap, place it just forward of the key cylinder. While applying pressure to the cap, move it forward until it is in place. It snaps into place. Make sure the cap is properly installed by trying to move it rearward.

Remember, getting IN the car is most important. If you have difficulty replacing the cap, don’t. Let your dealer do it when you get a new battery for your IA Key FOB!

Look for video help here.

Continental key holeThe new 2017 Lincoln Continental brings a very new wrinkle into the mix. The key hole is hidden by a spring-loaded cover and is in a very different location. The key hole has been placed in the chrome molding beneath the driver’s door mirror and behind the imprinted word ‘Continental’. Simply insert the key and turn to unlock the car. No word on how well the cover will behave in icy weather.

Continue to Starting Instructions …

Ford and Lincoln Dead Key Fob Help – Part II

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*  Keep these instruction with you in our Dead Key FOB App. Search “Dead Key FOB” at your device’s store or click here.

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