Ford F-Series 2011-2020 Key Programming Procedure
The following are the key programming procedures for the year 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 Ford F-Series.
ADD KEY (Must have two working original keys):
1. Insert the first previously programmed coded keys into the ignition.
2. Turn the ignition from the 1 (LOCK) position to the 3 (RUN) position. Keep the ignition in the 3 (RUN) position for at least 3 seconds, but no more than 10 seconds.
3. Turn the ignition to the 1 (LOCK) position and remove the first coded key from the ignition.
4. Within 10 seconds of turning the ignition to the 1 (LOCK) position, insert the second previously coded key into the ignition.
5. Turn the ignition from the 1 (LOCK) position to the 3 (RUN) position. Keep the ignition in the 3 (RUN) position for at least 3 seconds, but no more than 10 seconds.
6. Turn the ignition to the 1 (LOCK) position and remove the second coded key from the ignition.
7. Within 20 seconds of turning the ignition to the 1 (LOCK) position and removing the previously programmed coded key, insert the new un-programmed key (new key/valet key) into the ignition.
8. Turn the ignition from the 1 (LOCK) position to the 3 (RUN) position. Keep the ignition in the 3(RUN) position for at least 6 seconds.
9. Remove the newly programmed coded key from the ignition.
If the key has been successfully programmed, it will start the vehicle’s engine and will operate the remote entry system (if the new key is an Integrated Keyhead Transmitter). The theft indicator light will illuminate for 3 seconds and then go out to indicate successful programming. If the key was not successfully programmed, it will not start your vehicle’s engine and/or will not operate the remote entry features. The theft indicator light may flash on and off. Wait 20 seconds and you may repeat Steps 1 through 8. If the failure repeats, bring your vehicle to your authorized dealer to have the new key(s) programmed.
To program additional new un-programmed key(s), wait 20 seconds and then repeat this procedure from Step 1.
About Ford F-Series
The Ford F-Series 13th generation was debuted for the 2015 model year. The new design, which was heavily previewed during the 2013 Detroit Auto Show by the Ford Atlas concept vehicle, highlighted numerous significant modifications to the F-Series design. Ford engineers decreased the F-150’s curb weight by over 750 pounds without visibly altering its outward footprint. To achieve such a significant weight reduction, practically every body panel (with the exception of the firewall) was converted to aluminum; the structure, however, remains made of high-strength steel. To demonstrate the durability of the aluminum-intensive design, Ford entered camouflaged prototypes in the Baja 1000 endurance race during the development of the 13th-generation F-Series (where the vehicles finished). The 2015 F-150 was the first pickup truck to include adaptive cruise control, which employs radar sensors on the front of the vehicle to maintain a predetermined following distance from the vehicle ahead, slowing down as necessary.
The 3.7 L V6 was phased out in favor of a 3.5 L V6, with a 2.7 L EcoBoost V6 joining the 3.5 L EcoBoost V6 as an option. While the 6.2 L V8 was discontinued, the 5.0 L V8 remained available as an option, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Ford F-150 received a midcycle redesign for the 2018 model year, which was unveiled at the 2017 New York International Auto Show. Following the launch of the 2017 Super Duty model line, the F-Series (F-150 through F-550, as well as the Ford Raptor) will once again share a cab (for the first time since 1996). For 2018, the F-150 adopted the two-bar design introduced on the 2017 Super Duty model line, replacing the long-standing three-bar design used on Ford trucks. The engine was revised numerous times, with the 3.5 L V6 being replaced by a 3.3 L V6 coupled to a six-speed transmission.  EcoBoost V6 and 5.0 L V8 engines were equipped with a ten-speed automated transmission (derived from the Raptor) with stop-start functionality (previously only from the 2.7 L EcoBoost). The F-150 received its first PowerStroke diesel engine in 2018, when Ford introduced a 3.0 L turbocharged V6 engine with 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque (from PSA Peugeot Citroen and Jaguar Land Rover’s “Lion” series of engines).
For the 2018 model year, safety and driver-assistance systems such as Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go have been enhanced and added.
The 2018 F-150 crew cab retained its IIHS Top Safety Pick certification.