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Key Programming Ford Escape 1997-2013

Ford Escape 1997-2013 Key Programming Procedure

The following are the key programming procedures for the year 1997, 2001 and 2013 Ford Escape.

Ford Escape 1997


1. Put the new key into the ignition. Turn it to the ON position. The dashboard security light will flash for 15 minutes. Once the dashboard security light stops flashing, you have five minutes to begin Step 2.

2. Turn the ignition OFF and then back to the ON position. The dashboard security light will flash for 15 additional minutes.

3. Repeat Step 2.

4. Once the dashboard security light has turned off for the third time, the key will be able to function in the car. It has been programmed into the car’s computer and has replaced ALL previous electronic key codes — the computer will not recognize any other key.


1. Put the current key into the ignition.

2. Turn the ignition ON and back to OFF.

3. Remove the current key and insert the new key, turning it ON. You MUST do this within 15 seconds.

4. The security light will switch on for two seconds, confirming that the key has been successfully programmed into the vehicle.


Ford Escape 1998 +

ADD KEY (Requires two working keys):

1. Put a current key into the ignition.

2. Turn the ignition to ON, then back to the OFF position.

3. Remove the key and insert a second key. Turn it ON and back to the OFF position. You MUST do this within five seconds.

4. Before ten seconds have elapsed, put a new key in and turn the ignition ON. After one second, turn the key back to the OFF position.

5. The dashboard security light will glow for three seconds. This confirms the programming of the new key has been successful.


About Ford Escape

The Ford demonstration vehicles and Hybrids Plus modifications are nearly identical. The conversion entails replacing the original NiMH battery, which is positioned on the trunk floor, with a greater capacity Li-ion battery, which is located in the same area and takes up virtually the same space as the original battery. The Electrovaya and Hymotion conversions keep the original battery and supplement its capacity with a Li-ion battery that takes up a large amount of trunk space. In all situations, the conversion also necessitates the installation of a charger and a power plug.

The fourth generation Ford Escape made its official appearance on April 2, 2019, and went on sale as a 2020 model in the third quarter of 2019. The Louisville Assembly Plant in Louisville, Kentucky, is where it is built. It also serves the next-generation Ford Kuga in markets outside of North America. In China, the fourth generation Escape features a slightly different front fascia than the North American version, and it will be sold alongside the previous generation, known as the Ford Kuga.

There are four new engine-transmission combinations available, including a plug-in gas-electric hybrid that can go 37 miles on electricity alone and has a 100 MPGe efficiency rating, as well as a traditional hybrid and two turbocharged engines connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The standard engine, a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline three-cylinder, produces 181 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and comes with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive as an option. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 280 lb-ft of torque is offered. The Escape Hybrid, which is making a comeback after a long absence, and the all-new plug-in hybrid are powered by a 2.5-liter gasoline inline-four that runs on the more efficient Atkinson cycle, as well as two electric motors and a planetary gearset that combines the two power sources and allows for gear ratio changes, essentially operating as a continuously variable automatic transmission. The battery pack in the regular hybrid is rated at 1.1 kilowatt-hours, while the plug-in hybrid’s is 14.4 kWh; both are lithium-ion packs that fit under the floor. The conventional hybrid has 200 combined horsepower, while the plug-in hybrid has 209 combined horsepower. Trim levels include S, SE, SE Sport, SEL, and Titanium.

The fourth generation Ford Escape was offered in China alongside its predecessor, which was known as the Kuga. The Chinese market version has a restyled front fascia with a bigger grille and the blue oval emblem centered in the grille. The identical style variant was also available in Taiwan as the Ford Kuga.

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