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Thanks lifewitlooie for the response but I decided to put the option of setting a Sawzall loose under my hood towards the bottom of the list of possibilities.
After a grueling anxiety attack about carpooling after work I finally calmed down and (swallowing my pride) called the Ford Service Department at another dealership. Here's what I've learned over the last few hours:
The anti-theft system cannot be disarmed without a remote. The Ford Service “Specialist” told me that my remote may have lost my program. Apparently sometimes this just happens. Use the following procedure to reprogram your remote(s). If you’re stuck, like I was, you can reprogram the one you have, but you must program all the ones you want in the same session. So when you get home you’ll need to reprogram all the ones you want since they won’t function now. You can have up to 4 programmed for a vehicle at a time (also, I read when you do this make sure that all of your locks are either up or down when you start).
I don’t know what years this is good for (I have a 2003 F-250), but the Ford guy didn’t ask me what year or model I had so I assume this would work for a wide range of years. Here’s how you reprogram your truck remotes:
1. Insert a key in the ignition and turn from OFF to ON eight times in rapid succession (within 10 seconds) with the eighth turn ending in the ON position.
2. The doors will lock/unlock to confirm that programming mode has been entered.
3. Within 20 seconds, program a remote transmitter by pressing any button on a transmitter. The doors will lock/unlock to confirm that the remote transmitter has been programmed. (If more than 20 seconds pass before pressing a remote transmitter button, the programming mode will exit and the procedure will have to be repeated.)
4. Repeat the previous step to program additional remote transmitters. The doors will lock/unlock to confirm that each remote transmitter has been programmed.
5. When you have completed programming the remote transmitters, turn the ignition to OFF or wait 20 seconds. Again the doors will lock/unlock to confirm programming has been completed.
If that doesn’t work, check the battery. Use something strong and thin (like a knife blade or flat-bladed screwdriver) to pry open the remote. Make sure the battery looks like it’s in good condition and that the tabs are making contact with the battery. Since a new CR2032 battery is only a couple of bucks you might as well replace it while you’ve got it open.
Snap the remote shut and try it again. If that fails, try to program it again. If that fails I can’t help you, you’re more screwed than I was (I had a dead battery).
An interesting piece of info I also learned is that if you cycle the ignition switch from OFF and ON three times that puts the anti-theft system in valet mode (disabled). To return the system to normal (enabled) all you have to do is cycle the ignition switch from OFF to ON three times again.
Sorry it’s so long-winded and I hope this helps the next person who gets stranded at work so they won’t have to mooch a ride home with a co-worker!
'03 F-250 Lariat FX4 CC/SB (7.3L of course!)
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