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Key Programming Mercury Tracer 1999

Mercury Tracer 1999 Key Programming Procedure


The following are the key programming procedures for the year 1999 Mercury Tracer.

Mercury Tracer 1999


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.


Mercury Tracer 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 Mercury Tracer

The third-generation Mercury Tracer was introduced in 1997, and it shared a redesign with the American Ford Escort. While the chassis remained the same as the previous version, the powertrain and body were significantly altered.

The third generation is the only model that is completely assembled in the United States, with all assembly taking place at Wayne Stamping & Assembly in Wayne, Michigan.

The Tracer was discontinued after the 1999 model year (along with the Escort station wagon). A total of 23,146 copies were sold in 1999. On July 2, 1999, the final Mercury Tracer rolled off the assembly line.

The third-generation Tracer is based on the front-wheel-drive Ford CT120 chassis, which Ford has reintroduced, and has the same 98.4-inch wheelbase as the previous model. The only engine is a 2.0-litre CVH Split-Port Induction (SPI) inline-four with 110 horsepower (82 kW) with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.

The Tracer was available in four-door sedan and five-door station wagon body styles for the third generation (with the Escort hatchbacks withdrawn altogether). The front fascia and taillamps, as well as model-specific wheelcovers, set the Tracer apart from the Escort. The front fascia, sideview mirrors, door handles, badging, and dashboard were all carried over from the second-generation Tracer station wagon, with only minor changes to the front fascia, sideview mirrors, door handles, badging, and dashboard.

The third-generation Tracer was available in GS and LS trims, like with previous models, with the GS getting a Trio cosmetic package. Alloy wheels, leather upholstery, keyless entry, power windows and door locks, and a tachometer characterized the LS level.

Ford had planned to revive the Tracer model line shortly before the Mercury division was shut down. Mercury was to launch a compact sedan based on the 2012 Ford Focus as an extra sedan line when Ford finalized its 2012 model lines with dealers in early 2010. The Mercury Tracer nameplate was unofficially confirmed for the Focus-derived Mercury, which was slotted underneath the Milan (ending a 13-year hiatus). Following the Grand Marquis’ anticipated demise, a 2012 Tracer was supposed to give Mercury two sedan lines.

In the summer of 2010, Ford announced the closure of the Mercury division, therefore ending the possibility of a Mercury Tracer rebirth. Instead, Ford introduced the premium Titanium trim level to the Focus lineup.


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