ajolley
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How to replace a lost key

Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:39 pm

I lost one of my keys, so I only have one.
I asked the dealer how much it would be to replace and they quoted me $400. Which is INSANE, right?
Does anyone have any recommendations on how to replace a key without paying so much???

triangles
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Re: How to replace a lost key

Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:35 pm

I think I've seen people post before that it cost them in the neighborhood of $250. I want to say the key was like $120ish and they charge 45min to an hour of labor because they have to hook up the car to their computer and then "pair" all the key fobs you have to your car. They will need both of your fobs because the process wipes out all keys that are "paired" to the vehicle. Some of the cars you can program a 3rd fob if you have 2. I tried to do this only to find out at after buying a spare fob from ebay that on the '14 and earlier it's impossible for an owner to program a 3rd key. I don't know about the newer ones. Anyway that's useless for you anyway since you only have 1 key. FORScan had the ability to program keys on earlier Fords. Might be worth checking if they've updated the software to allow programming fobs for our FFEs.
2014 Blue Candy FFE
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ajolley
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Re: How to replace a lost key

Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:21 pm

Thanks. They said that the new fob is a couple hundred, and since I don't have two keys, they have to reprogram them both and set the car to recognize it. And that's why it's $400 instead of $200. I'll call a locksmith to see if that's something they can do.

campfamily
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Re: How to replace a lost key

Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:55 pm

ajolley wrote:Thanks. They said that the new fob is a couple hundred, and since I don't have two keys, they have to reprogram them both and set the car to recognize it. And that's why it's $400 instead of $200. I'll call a locksmith to see if that's something they can do.
A good locksmith can do this for you. We needed a replacement proximity key / fob for our Nissan, and the locksmith did it for under $200, including hardware, cutting the blade, and re-programming the existing key.

Keith
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triangles
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Re: How to replace a lost key

Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:00 pm

BridgerRufus wrote:
Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:54 am
But how do you come to know that the locksmith you have hired can do the replacement or not.
Simple, you ask them before hiring them.
2014 Blue Candy FFE
http://www.fuelly.com/car/ford/focus/2014/triangles/303811 (since this forum doesn't allow BBcode in sigs)

kalel14
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Re: How to replace a lost key

Sun Feb 09, 2020 4:07 am

Someone had to say it.

EddieOckenden
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Re: How to replace a lost key

Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:30 am

Which locksmith firm you have chosen to replace key, please share the name?

Heima
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Re: How to replace a lost key

Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:24 pm

For my Fiat 500e, I had to order the key assembly from Fiat Chrysler, because they were the only ones who could cut the key blank. They requested the VIN, did a lookup of the profile, cut the key and shipped it off. I bought the key from a part wholesaler (cheaper than a dealer) had to provide proof of ownership (faxed registration) and Fiat Chrysler shipped the key directly to me. I then took the key to the dealership and paid $100 for the programming. What a ripoff, the guy only took 20 minutes. Anyhow, after taxes and shipping and such, it was a total of $270.

True that registration is not proof of ownership, but rather operation. Still they did not need the title.

As for the FFE, consider that the metal key is only used if you have a 12V battery problem. So cutting the key isn't the highest priority. The programming is. So if Forscan could do the key fob programming, then it could be fairly reasonable (cough, cough) to get another "Key".

A quick look on ebay finds for the FFE under $27:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/For-Ford-Focus ... SwfzJdymcO
or
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Smart-Remote-C ... SwhEtd7jcv

If you still want to cut a metal key, the one included with the above fobs might not work in your particular vehicle. I believe the 2012-2016 used a different type of blank than the 2017-2018.

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