Ford Flex 1997-2016 Key Programming Procedure
The following are the key programming procedures for the year 1997, 2009 and 2016 Ford Flex.
Ford Flex 1997
ORIGINATE NEW MASTER KEY:
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.
ADD DUPLICATE 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 Flex 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 Flex
The Flex underwent a mid-cycle facelift for the 2013 model year, which was first shown during the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. While the roofline and doorways remained, the front and back were drastically altered. The former had a new grille design with no Ford logo; instead, the model name was put on the hood above the grille. The Ford symbol on the tailgate was shrunk and relocated to the bottom right corner. The dashboard was redesigned, and a new 3-spoke steering wheel was added.
The 2019 Flex model year had just minimal alterations and served as the vehicle’s final year.
The Ford Flex has only been available in three trim levels since its debut in 2009.
The base SE trim level, which is only available with front-wheel drive (FWD), comes standard with the following features: a 3.5 L “DuraTec” V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, seventeen-inch aluminum wheels, an AM/FM stereo with a single-disc CD/MP3 player and an auxiliary audio input jack (later, Ford SYNC became standard equipment on this trim level), a six-speaker audio system, cloth seats
The SEL trim level added eighteen-inch wheels, Ford SYNC, an AM/FM stereo with satellite radio, a six-disc, in-dash CD/MP3 changer, and an auxiliary audio input jack (later, MyFord Touch or SYNC 3 became standard equipment on this trim level), a seven-speaker premium audio system with external amplifier and rear-mounted subwoofer, and a power front driver seat.
The top-of-the-line Limited, available with FWD OR AWD, added 19-inch chrome-plated wheels, a GPS navigation system (later with MyFord Touch or SYNC 3), leather-trimmed seating surfaces, dual power front seats, heated and ventilated dual front seats, a driver’s memory system, push-button ignition and remote start with keyless access (on later models ONLY), a dual-panel panoramic moonroof, and a dual-panel panoramic moonro
On 2011 and 2012 models, an extra Titanium trim level was available: the Limited, which featured blacked-out headlights, taillights, a rear appliqué, a three-bar grille sans the Ford emblem, blacked-out beltline trim, foglamp bezels, and mirror caps. It had a distinct interior trim and upholstery, and it was only available in Black, White, Red, and Silver.
On the SEL and Limited, a Sport Appearance Package was available, which included gloss black side mirrors, door handles, and fascia inserts, twenty-inch wheels, a two-tone black-and-gray leather-trimmed interior, and aluminum interior trim panels.
Between 2009 and 2010, a limited-edition Funkmaster Flex Edition was offered. It was based on the Titanium trim and had many of the same features, but it was only available in a special two-tone red and black paint scheme, special twenty-inch chrome-plated alloy wheels and tires, gloss black side mirrors and door handles, gloss black fascia inserts, a red-and-black two-tone leather and suede-trimmed interior with a serialized dash plaque, “FMF” exterior emblems and interior trim.