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Key Programming Ford Focus 1997-2013

Ford Focus 1997-2013 Key Programming Procedure

The following are the key programming procedures for the year 1997, 2000 and 2013 Ford Focus.


Ford Focus 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 Focus 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 Focus

Ford reunited both international and North American models for the third generation by releasing the international Mk3 globally. The prior North American version was withdrawn, and the replacement model was released in North America and Europe at the same time in early 2011, both having begun production late in 2010.

A group of young designers used what’s known as the Third Age Suit to replicate the physical constraints of an elderly person when creating the Ford Focus. The suit, which restricts the wearer’s motions, provided insights that were incorporated into the design of the car.

The Ford Focus was debuted during the 2010 North American International Auto Show. The vehicle on display was a five-door hatchback with a new 2.0-litre direct injection inline-four engine. At debut, a five-door station wagon was also available. The new generation was released in North America and Europe at the same time in early 2011, with production beginning in late 2010. Production in Asia, Africa, Australia, and South America was planned to begin later, but the plan for Australian production was eventually scrapped, and that market, as well as New Zealand, were supplied from a new factory in Thailand, where production began in June 2012. This latest Focus generation features a renovated cabin with new materials and entertainment technologies. The appearance of the Focus has been modified to reflect a more modern style, but using the same chassis as the LW MKI Focus.

A considerable number of new vehicles from the first year had rust underneath the front bonnet, due in part to problems with the seam sealant used between the structural component of the bonnet and the skin, which enabled water to leak in and cause corrosion (similarly to other Ford models of the period). Other difficulties included rust forming on the hatchback model’s trunk lid due to vibrations of a plastic insert causing friction and wearing down the paint on the lid’s metal surface. Later models have a relocated park brake lever, a revised adjustable front head rest, and a more ergonomic auxiliary 12v plug.

At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Ford previewed the third generation facelifted vehicle. The new version has a revamped front end that incorporates Ford’s new family grille and slimline headlights. The ST and RS versions, the latter of which boasts an enhanced version of the Ford Mustang’s 2.3-litre engine, will round out Ford’s performance lineup. The RS now comes with all-wheel drive. The new 2015 model year update Focus line will have a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder “EcoBoost” powertrain with 110 and 132 kW (148 and 177 hp) outputs, replacing the current older 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre options. A redesigned 2.0-litre turbo-diesel TDCi engine with 110 kW (148 hp) output will also be available. Another new feature is the 2016 Ford Focus RS’s “Drift Mode,” which allows the driver to drift the car more simply and safely.

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