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Enabling the RKE option- Indpls, IN area


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#1 OFFLINE   88_pacifica

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 04:34 AM

Hello all, I am obviously new to the board and I am looking to get some help/advice...

I have a background in cars and mechanics(former MOPAR tech yrs go), but don't have many connections in the Ford world. I am wanting to enable the RKE option on a recently purchased 2006 XLT(5.4) truck I bought. It does have the power options and also the flashing LED dash security light, but after attempting the 8 turn key test, the truck locks do nothing. Therefore, it leads me to believe that this is not enabled as of right now.

From my research I've done, I know that it can be turned on with the FORSCAN program/computer, but I really don't want to download the program, fiddle with the codes, and hope that I get it right. I am not looking for much else at this point, as it's really just a beater truck with 300K, but a solid body. I am wondering if somebody in the Indianapolis, IN area would be willing to help me out to get this done. Ford dealers here want about $90 or more to just go in and activate this code.

I do have the five digit number on the body module and a set of fobs to make sure that we did it correctly. Is there somebody out there that would be interested in helping me do this for a couple $$? thumbsup.gif









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Posted 02 August 2017 - 06:18 AM

Press the unlock button on door once then cycle the key 8 times ending to run and see if the locks cycle. There shouldn't be any enabling required of it's factory equipped.

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 07:54 AM

If it's a factory keypad and you have the 5 digit code then it should work already.   Doesn't need to be enabled.   If it's an aftermarket stick-on type just throw it away and get a new one.



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Posted 02 August 2017 - 09:16 AM

Press the unlock button on door once then cycle the key 8 times ending to run and see if the locks cycle. There shouldn't be any enabling required of it's factory equipped.

 

It's not factory equipped/enabled. It is all factory programmed into the BCM already, just not activated.

 

One turn per second- all well under 10 seconds I have tried it numerous times to be sure(fast and slow). I don't know if that's the issue. When I called th dealer, the confirmed it was not 'sold' as having any RKE option, so that leads me to believe it's not enabled. I don't know of any other way to confirm at this point on whether it is active or not. While the security light does flash(typical of a security system), I have'nt been able to get the information to confirm if that means the system is enabled....

 

If it's a factory keypad and you have the 5 digit code then it should work already.   Doesn't need to be enabled.   If it's an aftermarket stick-on type just throw it away and get a new one.

 

It does not have a factory key fob or keyless entry handle. The RKE was not enabled on this vehicle from the factory, but I believe it is present.

 

I was under the impression that, based on my internet surfing, this was integrated into all the body modules that had the five digit code, but just had to be enabled. I do know that there is a 5 digit code on mine for the keyless door-handle entry(removed seat and confirmed). As a matter of fact, I had even toyed with the idea of replacing that handle as well to have another keyless option. I mean, if the vehicle already has keyless entry, adding another factory 'remote pad' is really just plug and play with that RKE enabled.

 

Enter your vin into this and search for "With Keyless Entry System"
https://www.etis.for....QO.eccvas1900e

 

I can see exactly what this thing had. I don't think ChryCo has one this easily accessible for their cars. Here's what it says:

  • With Central Locking System
  • With Door Entry Remote Control Unit
  • Less Keyless Entry System

I know the later gen F150's are more difficult and require a different module, but I thought this was the last gen to be 'all inclusive.' I believe the module is tied into the VIN nd all that stuff or I'd just switch modules. However, based on my car 'experience,' usually the ECM(or ford equivalent) has the basic allowances.

 

This confirms that it was not unlocked when the vehicle was built. However, I believe that the architecture is still designed into the module to allow it to be turned on. The dealers locally that I did call advised this could be 'turned on' but wanted to charge $90+ to hook it up and enable it.

At this point, I think it is fair to say that it is not easily turned on with 'non-Ford' software. I was hoping that some out there had the ability to 'flip the switch' to enable this feature. If nobody else chimes in that they can help, I'll likely have to pony up the $$ to have this done.

I will also try to reach out to other Ford forums(Crown Vic, Mustang, etc) and see if anyone else might have the ability to enable this feature. This may be more challenging than I initially thought to do outside the dealership. Here are examples of those that say it can be done on this generation of Ford products.

https://www.justansw....ess-entry.html

Look at the programming screen at 1:04 on this video. This is the IDS system I'm thinking is used to enable the various options/features a ford vehicle might have. While this is for key programming, I believe it is for all options on the BCM.



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Posted 02 August 2017 - 09:54 AM

So I'm confused - what exactly are you trying to enable with the "RKE" option if you're not adding the door keypad?   The remote keyfobs should be available on all vehicles - they just need to be programmed to the vehicle.  You don't need to turn the feature on or off - just program the fobs.   Is that what you were trying to do with the 8 key turns?

 

As fordtech1 pointed out you must hit the unlock button before starting the 8 key turns and you must complete the 8 key turns within 10 seconds or so.



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Posted 02 August 2017 - 09:55 AM

From the f150 forum:

 

I had a problem with my '04 Lariat Supercrew not entering programming mode.
After reading this list of suggestions I was successful by doing the following:

1) unlocked with remote, closed door and locked/unlocked with button on door
2) I also turned the headlights off of Auto On to just off
3) left the drivers door open
4) when turning the key on 8 times I did it much faster than previous times and it worked,
programmed 3 FOBs with no problem

Not sure which of the items above did the trick, I have a feeling it was the lights turned off from AUTO or combination
that and drivers door open.



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Posted 02 August 2017 - 10:29 AM

So I'm confused - what exactly are you trying to enable with the "RKE" option if you're not adding the door keypad?   The remote keyfobs should be available on all vehicles - they just need to be programmed to the vehicle.  You don't need to turn the feature on or off - just program the fobs.   Is that what you were trying to do with the 8 key turns?

 

As fordtech1 pointed out you must hit the unlock button before starting the 8 key turns and you must complete the 8 key turns within 10 seconds or so.

 

The whole keyless fob/doorkey enabling is what I'm shooting for.

 

Yes, I was trying to enable the fobs with the key turning sequence. The locks never 'cycled' to indicate that it was ready to be programmed, I do not think that this would all be enabled as a default or then anyone could have added in the feature without having to 'pay' for the keyless option when they purchased the vehicle originally. However, I could be wrong. I will try the stuff from the post below to see if that works in triggering the programming sequence.

 

From the f150 forum:

 

I had a problem with my '04 Lariat Supercrew not entering programming mode.
After reading this list of suggestions I was successful by doing the following:

1) unlocked with remote, closed door and locked/unlocked with button on door
2) I also turned the headlights off of Auto On to just off
3) left the drivers door open
4) when turning the key on 8 times I did it much faster than previous times and it worked,
programmed 3 FOBs with no problem

Not sure which of the items above did the trick, I have a feeling it was the lights turned off from AUTO or combination
that and drivers door open.

 

I will try all these things this evening after work and see if they work. Thanks....



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Posted 02 August 2017 - 10:38 AM

RKE was standard on 2006 XLTs.   The fobs just got lost at some point.



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Posted 02 August 2017 - 10:47 AM

RKE was standard on 2006 XLTs.   The fobs just got lost at some point.

 

Really? This was originally a fleet truck, so I assumed it was not there. Since it said it was not on the vehicle according to the Ford VIN query link above, I assumed it was not on this one. Thanks.


Edited by 88_pacifica, 02 August 2017 - 10:50 AM.


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 11:19 AM

I think RKE is the door entry remote control unit which ETIS says you have.

 

I think keyless entry system refers to the keypad on the door.



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Posted 02 August 2017 - 11:59 AM

I think RKE is the door entry remote control unit which ETIS says you have.

 

I think keyless entry system refers to the keypad on the door.

 

Gotcha... Thank you sir! I'll play with it till I figure ot all out. This is the first newer ford I've had, so it's a learning curve yet.



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Posted 02 August 2017 - 06:16 PM

From the f150 forum:
 
I had a problem with my '04 Lariat Supercrew not entering programming mode.
After reading this list of suggestions I was successful by doing the following:

1) unlocked with remote, closed door and locked/unlocked with button on door
2) I also turned the headlights off of Auto On to just off
3) left the drivers door open
4) when turning the key on 8 times I did it much faster than previous times and it worked,
programmed 3 FOBs with no problem

Not sure which of the items above did the trick, I have a feeling it was the lights turned off from AUTO or combination
that and drivers door open.

 

We have a winner! This man knows his stuff. I was able to program the remotes easily once I turned off the automatic headlight switch and moved it back to the off position. Thank you sir and you have a fabulous evening! I should buy you a beer.....



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Posted 02 August 2017 - 06:42 PM

Stupid Question!  Is this information in the owner's manual? :worship:

 

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 07:07 PM

I think the key was hitting the unlock button first as was previously suggested and doing the key turns faster.

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 07:20 PM

Stupid Question!  Is this information in the owner's manual? :worship:

 

Welcome to the Forum Pacifica! :)

 

Thanks. I look forward to learning more about this truck as time goes on...

 

I think the key was hitting the unlock button first as was previously suggested and doing the key turns faster.

 

I tried all that previously and no bueno(45 min worth of testing MANY different ways). The manual didn't say anything about the headlight switch. :thumbsup:










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