Key Programming Ford Excursion 1997-2005

Ford Excursion 1997-2005 Key Programming Procedure

The following are the key programming procedures for the year 1997, 2000 and 2005 Ford Excursion.

Ford Excursion 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 Excursion 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 Excursion

General Motors introduced its first four-door Suburban for the 1973 model year (sold by both Chevrolet and GMC). The installation of a fourth passenger door allowed the Suburban to compete directly against the International Harvester Travelall wagon for the first time, while being far larger than the Jeep Wagoneer. After the Travelall was discontinued in 1975, the Suburban became the largest full-size SUV made as a four-door wagon (a distinction it would hold for the next 25 years).

Ford released the second-generation Ford Bronco in 1978, changing the model range from compact to full-size SUV. The Bronco, which competed directly against the Chevrolet K5 Blazer/GMC Jimmy and Dodge Ramcharger, used the F-100 pickup truck’s chassis and motor, as did its GM and Chrysler rivals. While the four-door Suburban wagon/SUV was based on the crew-cab General Motors C/K truck, Ford produced the Bronco solely as a three-door wagon with a lift-off hardtop (continuing the most popular design of its predecessor). Ford sold four-door Broncos built as license-built adaptations in the 1980s and early 1990s (mating a Bronco body with F-Series crew cabs).

As the tiny Bronco II was replaced by the five-door Ford Explorer in 1991, Ford produced its first four-door SUV; both model lines were derived on the Ranger compact pickup truck.

The Ford Expedition was released in 1997 as the Bronco’s replacement. Due to shifting market demands, the Expedition was only available as a five-door wagon. Despite the change of body style, the Expedition shared the F-Series chassis with its Bronco predecessor. The Expedition had three rows of seating and was sized between the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban (offered by the Suburban).

Ford increased the F-Series model line for 1999, with the F-250 and F-350 becoming the Super Duty series. The Super Duty F-Series trucks were designed for work and towing, having a heavier-duty chassis and suspension as well as a different body style. Ford began development of a heavy-duty SUV based on the F-250 Super Duty pickup truck to compete with the 2500-series Suburban.

While the Ford Expedition drew design cues from the iconic Ford Explorer, the Excursion shared a lot with its F-250 Super Duty sibling. The front bodywork and two front doors are entirely shared with the Super Duty pickups, with the exception of its eggcrate grille (styled similarly to the Ford Expedition and the third-generation Explorer), the rear doors are very similar to the Super Duty Crew Cab doors, but have more of a curve on the back side edge, thus being specific to the Excursion. The Excursion, which is styled similarly to the Bronco (with flush-mounted glass), has a third-row seat and a cargo space behind the second-row door; depending on configuration, the vehicle can seat up to nine passengers. The cargo door was designed as a 3-way design, with an upper liftgate and two lower dutch doors (similar to the 1992-2005 Chevrolet Astro); the taillamps were borrowed from the E-Series van.


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