Ford Keyless Entry Keypad Not Working: What do you Do?

Driving a Ford vehicle can make a car owner proud. Ford has been around for many years and they make some attractive, practical, and very dependable, cars, SUVs and trucks. Unfortunately, every vehicle of every make and model is going to experience malfunctions at times, and it’s simply something that can’t be avoided. As long as you quickly diagnose the problem and then quickly repair it, whatever malfunction that may arise shouldn’t hinder you too much. If you have a Ford vehicle that has a keyless entry pad, then this device is likely very easy and convenient to use. However, if yours has recently stopped working, you may have no idea what you should do to regain access. Here is how you should handle things if your Ford keyless entry keypad stops working.

Ensure That Your Key FOB is within Range

If your key fob is not within three feet of the vehicle while you’re attempting to gain access, then the keyless entry keypad may fail to work. Since you need your fob once you enter your code anyway, it makes sense to have it with you in the first place to avoid any problems with the keypad failing to work.

Check for Radio-Frequency Interference

Sometimes, radio-frequency interference can prevent your keypad from working properly. If your remote control key fob is too close to your cell phone or metal or electronic devices, then it could cause your keypad to fail to work. In most cases, you should keep your cell phone at least one inch away from your key fob in order for your keypad and fob to properly communicate with one another.

Did You Enter Your Code too Rapidly?

It may seem silly that the speed at which you enter your code could affect whether it responds or not, but it does. Take your time and enter the code slowly so you give the system time to recognize the code that you entered. If you enter the code too rapidly, the system can’t determine what you entered, which could cause it not to work.

Check your Batteries

Your keypad can fail to work properly if the battery on the keypad itself is dead, or if the battery in the key fob is dead. If your keypad isn’t working, you should check the batteries before you do anything else, because it’s such a quick and easy fix that you will be angry at yourself if you miss this chance to easily reverse your problem. One indication that your keypad’s batteries need to be replaced is that it’s not lighting up like it usually does.

Reprogramming your Ford Keyless Entry Keypad

One thing that might fix your problem with your Ford keyless entry keypad not working is to reprogram it. While it’s pretty quick and easy to reprogram your keypad, you must remember that any key fobs programmed for the vehicle must also be reprogrammed.

Does the Unit Itself Need Replacing?

Sometimes, it’s not worth the hassle if you have a keyless entry keypad failing to work and the batteries are fine. After conducting an adequate amount of troubleshooting, if you’re still unable to use your keypad, then you might be better off simply replacing the entire unit. Even if you contact tech support, you might still have to spend some money out-of-pocket, so why not just spend that money on a new keypad? These devices are extremely easy to install, and they’re also quite easy to install. You can expect to pay $100 or less for a replacement unit, and installation is not complicated at all.

Installing your Replacement Keyless Entry Keypad

If you have opted to replace your entire keyless entry keypad, then you will obviously need to install it. You could always pay a professional to install it, but the process is so easy that you can do it yourself and save some time and money. Don’t worry about it being too complicated, because installing and programming your replacement keyless entry keypad is so easy that just about anyone can do it, even a child.

First of all, after removing your new keypad from the box, use some alcohol pads to clean the surface where you intend to place the unit. The unit will be attached to your vehicle with the adhesive tape that it comes with. Cleaning the area with rubbing alcohol ensures that no residue is present that could prevent the keypad from adequately adhering to the surface.

Next, peel off the adhesive tape cover and firmly attach the keypad to your vehicle. Hold for a few minutes to be sure it’s properly adhered. That’s it! Now it’s time to program the device, which, again, isn’t complicated at all. The instructions are pretty straightforward, and you should be done and ready to go in about five or ten minutes.

Activating and Programming your New Ford Keyless Entry Keypad

It’s simple to activate your Ford keyless entry keypad, and you will need the master key code, which will come inside the packaging with the unit. Once the unit is activated, you can complete the programming process. To program it:

  • Using the keypad, enter the 5-digit, factory-set code that came with your vehicle. (If you’re not sure what this code is off-hand, then you can check inside the owner’s manual, which should be inside your glove compartment.)
  • Press the 1-2 button on the keypad within a five-second period of time.
  • Create and enter your new 5-digit code (You will only have a five-second time limit in which to enter each number)
  • Press the 1-2 button on the keypad, which will save your new 5-digit access code.
  • You will know that you’ve successfully programmed your new access code when the doors proceed to lock and then unlock, which is confirmation.

Having a Ford vehicle with a keyless entry keypad can be a very handy thing to have, if it works. Your Ford keyless entry keypad not working can be very frustrating, because when you have somewhere to be, you need your vehicle to cooperate. However, by remaining calm, it’s usually not difficult to figure out what the exact issue is, so you can quickly regain access to your vehicle. If it turns out that your keypad needs to be reprogrammed or replaced, then hopefully doing so will fix the problem, so you won’t have to contend with it again.

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Meet our senior writer and content manager of Automasterx. He has worked in several mechanical garages and mastered different vehicle diagnoses and parts repair. He never stops until finding out the ultimate solutions for any vehicle fault code. However, ensuring the only solid solutions for each vehicle malfunction is his core part of the duty, alongside analyzing fault codes and signals.

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