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Key Programming Lincoln Navigator 1998-2002

Lincoln Navigator 1998-2002 Key Programming Procedure

The following are the key programming procedures for Lincoln Navigator for the year 1998 to 2002.



Except Lincoln LS before 2002 (must use OEM Programmer or aftermarket programming tool)


To reprogram the remote entry transmitters:

1. Ensure the vehicle is electronically unlocked.

2. Put the key in the ignition.

3. Turn the key from the LOCK position to RUN.

4. Cycle eight times rapidly (within 10 seconds) between the LOCK position and RUN. NOTE: The eighth turn must end in the RUN position.

5. The doors will lock, then unlock, to confirm that the programming mode has been activated.

6. Within 20 seconds press any button on the remote entry transmitter. NOTE: If more than 20 seconds have passed you will need to start the procedure over again.

7. The doors will lock, then unlock, to confirm that this remote entry transmitter has been programmed.

8. Repeat Step 6 to program each additional remote entry transmitter.

9. Turn the ignition to the LOCK position after you have finished programming all of the remote entry transmitters.
10. The doors will lock, then unlock, to confirm that the programming mode has been exited.

Focus 2000-2007 Close doors, buckle seat belts, off to on 4x, tone, then depress remote button



About Lincoln Navigator

This is without a doubt one of the best vehicles we’ve ever owned. We bought our 2000 Nav with 90k miles in 2010 to use as a family backup vehicle (it replaced a Suburban). We had planned to keep it for only a few years, but we now intend to keep it for much longer. This car never fails to deliver. It has tows like a champ and has been on long distance trips all over the country. It’s still in good condition for its age and has plenty of creature comforts to keep everyone happy. We currently own two newer Porsche SUVs, an Audi, a Lexus SUV, and a BMW, but family members always seem to find reasons to drive the old Lincoln! It’s surprisingly easy/good on tires and brakes, and oil changes are inexpensive, even at the dealership ($40). We’ve discussed replacing it with a newer model Navigator, but we just can’t seem to let this one go, it’s that good! Do yourself a favor and look for a well-maintained used Navigator.

The Navigator is a country club version of the Ford Expedition. The Navigator is less agile than the Expedition, despite the fact that the ride is reasonably comfortable. Its brakes are only marginally effective. Getting in and out of this massive SUV requires agility, and parking and maneuvering it can test your patience. On the plus side, the 5.4-liter V8’s 300 hp provides strong acceleration, and towing heavy loads is a breeze.

This should come as no surprise to long-time Lincoln fans, as the company has been producing some of the best large cars in the world since 1920. What was surprising was that they would have the foresight to recognize that by grafting their badge onto an SUV, they would be able to redefine how consumers viewed the once-staid carmaker, imbuing it with a new sense of sex appeal and cool that most of their competitors could only dream about.

Nonetheless, the Navigator now faces increased competition, most recently from long-time rival Cadillac in the form of the newer Escalade, as well as Japanese and European luxury carmakers such as Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz, and Lexus. In some ways, the bloom has fallen off the rose: when a radically new car is released, customers rush to buy it for the novelty value and bragging rights. Now that the Navigator has been around for a few years, it is on the verge of transitioning from the status that comes with being unique to becoming an established brand that can stand on its own.

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