Ford Flex 2009-2013 Key Programming Procedure
The following are the key programming procedures for the year 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Ford Flex.
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 Flex
The Flex was introduced in 2009 with three trim options. As with other Ford vehicles, there was a base SE trim level, a mid-level SEL trim level, and a top-of-the-line Limited trim level. It was offered with a six- or seven-passenger seating layout, with the latter featuring a second row bench seat. Ford provided three roof paint colors as part of the roof design: black, white/cream, and body color.
In 2010, a second engine option was provided, with the addition of a 355 horsepower twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 for all-wheel drive vehicles. In the United States, reverse cameras were only available on Limited-trim cars.
Automatic parking was included as an option for upper-trim cars in 2012.
The Flex underwent a mid-cycle facelift for the 2013 model year, which was unveiled during the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. While the roofline and doors remained, the front and back were significantly altered. The former featured a new grille design devoid of the Ford logo; the model name was instead displayed on the hood above the grille. The Ford symbol was reduced in size and relocated to the bottom right corner of the tailgate. The dashboard has been overhauled on the inside, with a new three-spoke steering wheel.
The 2019 model year Flex received very modest updates and was the vehicle’s final year.
Since its 2009 debut, the Ford Flex has been available in only three model levels:
The base SE trim level comes standard with the following features: a 3.5-liter “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 seating surfaces, aluminum interior trim panels, keyless entry, power windows, and power locks.
The mid-level SEL, available with front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), 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,