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Experience:  Auto Trans, Drivability and Electrical Specialist
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I got a replacement key and tried to program it myself. The

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I got a replacement key and tried to program it myself. The dealership warned me that if I did anything wrong at might go into lockdown mode for 20 minutes Seems as though it's in permanent lockdown. Is there anything I can do ? It's the weekend and I really need my car I have a 2008 Ford Taurus X
JA: Is the key stripped or worn?
Customer: The key that I was replacing had broken out of the black remote part I was having to turn it with the pliers to start the ignition when I was trying to program it
JA: What is the model/year of your Ford?
Customer: 2008 Ford Taurus X
JA: Are you fixing your Taurus yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I can't do anything it's in total lockdown I can't even lock the doors
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: No
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Kenny Z. replied 10 months ago.

Hello, my name is***** and thanks for your question.

Not to be the bearer of bad news but at this point a dealer IDS scan tool will be needed to erase the keys and program them from scratch. Many locksmiths also have IDS software that can erase and program also.

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Expert:  Kenny Z. replied 10 months ago.

Your welcome and best of luck

Expert:  Kenny Z. replied 9 months ago.

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