Lincoln Dead Key Fob Help: Part I, Getting In

Getting into Your Lincoln

Retrieving the mechanical key

Lincoln vehicles use a number of different Intelligent Access Ford fob style 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.

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 remote control (top arrow) and pivot the cover off Ford key style 3(pull is straight up and off) to access the key blade. Its awkward and may need a little practice. That mechanical key can now be used to unlock the driver’s door.

This fourth and unusual Intelligent Access key fob is found with only a handful of Ford models. The mechanical key blade is found on the back of the fob. Ford fob style 4To remove it, push the buttons on either side of the key fob.

We have not seen one of these, so it is not immediately obvious if the mechanical key stays attached to the fob, as it would appear from the image, or if it can actually be removed.

Finally, this last key fob was introduced in most Lincolns 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

Most Lincoln vehicles have a key hole visible at the back of the driver’s door handle. So, simply insert the key and turn, and you’re in!

Continental key holeHowever, the 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.

Look for video help here.

Continue to Part II, Getting Started …


*  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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