Another does anyone know?
I have a 1999 Ford Explorer and I have lost the only key. I called the dealership here on St. Croix and was told that I would have to have the car towed in and they would have to take apart the ignition and reprogram it in order to get a new key. They said the keys have an electronic chip in them and it must be matched to the ignition. That sounds crazy to me. Does anyone know of a good locksmith I could call?
try D&V One Stop 7785211 or Sam Dowdye at 778-1099 or maybe Mr. Jackson at 2445052
I had a key made for my 99 Expedition and all that was required was the VIN. It was also the key used for the ignition with the chip in it. The car was never even brought to the dealer, just the VIN. What you were told may be true but sounds a bit fishy... Did cost about $80 though!
Thanks Bombi and sheprd. Sheprd did you have this key made on island? I called a stateside Ford dealer and they said that they don't keep records over 10 years but some locksmiths had the information and could make and program the key. I believe hubby has called every locksmith on island and no one can do it.
Well, you can pop the lock but the switch will be ruined. Drive a large screw into the key hole and if you have a slide hammer attach it to the screw and pull. Then just use a screwdriver for a key. The junk yard across from gas and Go near Tide village has a 98 or 99 Explorer there
maybe they have a key for the ignition switch in it.
Maybe give Jeff and Terries a call 7783325 or James Henery 6268909/6925755
No, had it made stateside a couple years back...
There are places online (eBay in particular) where all you need to do is send VIN and some sort of proof or title/registration by fax and they'll send you a key via express mail.
shepard, Is it the case that if one knows the VIN, one can get a key made for the vehicle? Isn't the VIN right up on the dashboard on the corner of the driver's side so anyone can see it? :S
Tammy, what's going on? Did you find some help?
Not yet Bombi, Still haven't found keys and have had no time to work anymore on figuring it out. Got a bunch of stateside mess going on.
that reminds me....i need to have another key made. only have one and if that is lost.......will be talking to tami for advice.
Edward, your vehicle's VIN number is located in the lower lefthand side of your dashboard. All you have to do is look through the windshield and you can read it. You have to show proof that you are the registered owner of the vehicle to get a ke made for it (at least you are supposed to have to show proof)
Info from the Ford website:
If your keys are lost or stolen and you don’t have an extra coded key, you will need to have your vehicle towed to a Ford, Lincoln or Mercury Dealership. New coded keys will be programmed.
1998 and Newer Model Year Vehicles
Key codes for 1998 and newer model year vehicles may be obtained from your dealership.
For security reasons, this information can only be provided to you in person by visiting the dealership. Once at the dealership, you will be required to produce two pieces of information:
Personal Identification such as a valid Driver's License or a state-issued picture I.D.
The vehicle's documentation with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and the name of the person seeking the key codes. Examples could include: a current Vehicle Registration, current Certificate of Automobile Insurance, Vehicle Title, or Bill of Sale.