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Key Programming: Ford Explorer Sport Trac 1997-2010

Key Programming Ford Explorer Sport Trac 1997-2010

Ford Explorer Sport Trac 1997-2010 Key Programming Procedure

The following are the key programming procedures for the year 1997, 2001 and 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac.

Ford Explorer Sport Trac 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 Explorer Sport Trac 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 Explorer Sport Trac

Ford introduced the second-generation Ford Explorer Sport Trac in 2006. The revised design was debuted for the 2007 model year after bypassing the 2006 model year. The Sport Trac received a rebuilt frame and the addition of various safety systems, including stability control and active rollover protection, after adopting several upgrades from the 2006 redesign of the Ford Explorer/Mercury Mountaineer (named AdvanceTrac and Roll Stability Control by Ford, respectively).

The Ford U251 chassis is shared between the second-generation Ford Explorer Sport Trac and the fourth-generation Ford Explorer. The wheelbase was extended to 130.5 inches as part of the makeover (4.6 inches longer than the previous generation). The 2007 Sport Trac deviated from its predecessor by adopting the Ford Explorer’s four-wheel independent suspension; with the exception of the Honda Ridgeline and Hummer H1, the Sport Trac was the first pickup truck with such a suspension configuration.

The 4.0L V6 engine from the previous generation was kept as a standard engine in the second-generation Sport Trac. For the first time, the Sport Trac was available with a V8 engine, the 292 horsepower 4.6L 24-valve Modular V8 found in F-150 pickups. The five-speed manual transmission was phased out, and the 5R55W five-speed automatic transmission became standard equipment with the 4.0L V6 and the 4.6 3V V8; in 2009, the 6R80 six-speed automatic replaced the 5 speed behind the V8.

The second-generation Sport Trac, which was based on a longer Ford Explorer, was equipped with a plastic composite pickup truck bed. Because the two-door Ford Explorer Sport was discontinued in 2003, the second-generation Sport Trac adopted the four-door Explorer’s front appearance. While the huge front fender flares were removed, the rear ones remained, looking similarly to the F-150 FlareSide pickup bed.

The Sport Trac preserved a Hofmeister kink in the rear quarter windows, while sharing its back doors with the Ford Explorer (with the exception of a lack of a rear wheel cutout in the lower corners due to the longer wheelbase). The Sport Trac, like its predecessor, had a power-retractable “breezeway” back window.

The Adrenalin aesthetic package (see below) was added for 2008, as was SYNC as an infotainment media system.

In contrast to the Explorer SUV, the second-generation Sport Trac was only available in two trim levels, both of which were shared with the Explorer. The XLT (mid-range on the Explorer) was the base trim level on the Sport Trac, with the Limited being the enhanced trim level. Along with standardizing several XLT optional equipment, the monochrome Limited replaces the XLT’s chrome grille and black lower body trim with a body-color grille and trim.


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