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One Key 2002 SES can I program myself?

Looked at the link in the FAQ Spare Key Programming

Seem like it can be done with the 45 minute method with only one key OR is that ONLY for pre 1998 taurus? I bought two keys online before seeing in multiple posts I need two keys or locksmith? Or do I?

If I have to go to go to locksmith so be it, but thought I would ask for advice here first!

thanks in advance
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As far as I know you need 2 working keys to program another one, otherwise you would need to go to the dealer to have it programed, not 100% sure though
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Looked at the link in the FAQ Spare Key Programming

Seem like it can be done with the 45 minute method with only one key OR is that ONLY for pre 1998 taurus? I bought two keys online before seeing in multiple posts I need two keys or locksmith? Or do I?

If I have to go to go to locksmith so be it, but thought I would ask for advice here first!

thanks in advance
No. The first version of PATS allowed programming of duplicate keys with only one original. By 1998, all Ford PATS vehicles require two programmed, working keys for the owner to add duplicates (up to six, for a total of eight). In addition to the dealers, most established locksmiths have the programmer as well and last I knew, charged far less for the programming. I used to get $35 per duplicate key, cut and programmed.

Don't lose all of the keys - generating a first Ford key without a key code is a royal pain, and the price reflects it.
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You have a PATS II system, 2 keys are needed for DIY programming.


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Does anybody know: 1996 Sable LS - does it have PATS II?
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Looked at the link in the FAQ Spare Key Programming

Seem like it can be done with the 45 minute method with only one key OR is that ONLY for pre 1998 taurus? I bought two keys online before seeing in multiple posts I need two keys or locksmith? Or do I?

If I have to go to go to locksmith so be it, but thought I would ask for advice here first!

thanks in advance
you have two cheaper options.

1> Get a duplicate MASTER key from local locksmith.

2> Get a duplicate key from walmart, but they don't carry all makers/models
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you have two cheaper options.

1> Get a duplicate MASTER key from local locksmith.

2> Get a duplicate key from walmart, but they don't carry all makers/models
None of those options work on chipped keys.
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Does anybody know: 1996 Sable LS - does it have PATS II?
Doesn't even have PATS I. First-year PATS vehicles were the Mustang and the Continental. PATS II didn't hit the market 'til 1998.
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You can go to ACO hardware and have them make a CLONE key. They have keys with chips that aren't programmed. The take you original key and clone it on to the new key and then cut it. It worked with my 2002 taurus and I only had 1 original key. The car can't tell the difference between the 2 key cause they are identical. cost about $40 bucks i think. But you still can't buy a cheap key off of ebay and program that key yourself though.
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That's a good alternative, I suppose, but keep in mind for that money many locksmiths will program a genuine second key; and, since a clone is seen by the car's computer as identical to the first key you STILL can't program additional keys on your own should you wish to do so.
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