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Key Programming Lincoln Aviator 1997-2005

Lincoln Aviator 1997-2005 Key Programming Procedure

The following are the key programming procedures for the year 1997, 2003 and 2005 Lincoln Aviator.

Lincoln Aviator 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.


Lincoln Aviator 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 Lincoln Aviator

The Aviator was introduced for the 2003 model year, following the Navigator. A three-row seating configuration was standard, as with the Explorer and Mountaineer; however, unlike the Explorer and Mountaineer, a six-passenger layout was standard, with bucket seats and a center console in the second row (a second-row bench seat was available as a no-cost option).

Alongside the availability of four-wheel drive (4WD) configuration and towing packages, the Aviator was supplied with relatively few options. In addition to all the standard amenities, options included heated/cooled front bucket seats, xenon (HID) headlights, 17-inch chrome wheels, and a DVD-based navigation system. These options were available late in 2003 on the premium model and in 2004 (Ultimate), 2005, and 2006. (Elite). Shared with the Mountaineer, the Aviator was equipped with dual front/side airbags, side-curtain airbags, and stability and traction control.

The Aviator is based on the body-on-frame Ford U1 platform, which it shares with the third-generation Explorer. The Aviator has four-wheel independent suspension and shares its 2,888 mm (113.7 in) wheelbase with the Explorer/Mountaineer.

All 4WD Aviators came standard with a towing package, with a heavy-duty towing package available as an option on either RWD or 4WD models.

Instead of the SOHC two-valve version of the 4.6 L Modular V8 used by the Explorer/Mountaineer and other Ford trucks, the Aviator received the DOHC four-valve version shared by the Mustang Mach 1 and Marauder.

The DOHC V8 engine in the Aviator produced 225 kW (302 hp; 306 PS) and 407 Nm (300 lbfft) of torque, which was two more horsepower than the 5.4-L V8 in the Navigator (but with 75 Nm (55 lbfft) less torque). As with the Explorer/Mountaineer, rear-wheel drive was standard, with all-wheel drive available as an option; all models came with a five-speed 5R55S overdrive automatic transmission.

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