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I recently bought several vehicles at the local Sheriff

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I recently bought several vehicles at the local Sheriff Dept. Two do not have keys. The 1999 Taurus was $60...yes $60.
JA: Is the key stripped or worn?
Customer: No keys for it or the '93 F150. I have had about 150 cars over the years...many were Fords. None of the keys work.
JA: Are you fixing your Taurus yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I just want to know if it runs/shifts/drives. With the F150, all I ned to do is see if the 5.0 engine is. I have 2 V12 BMW, a Corvette, and a Mercedes SL500.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: I just don't want to put much money in the cheap auction rigs.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Joe replied 5 months ago.


Thank you for allowing me to assist you, my name is Joe and I will be happy to help you with your concern today. Please bear with me for just a min while I form my reply to you.

Expert:  Joe replied 5 months ago.

These are very easy, since you purchased and now own them in your or the business name all you have to do is go directly to the dealer in this case Ford it seems, and you prove ownership and they can cut you new keys for both vehicles by the vin numbers. The 1999 is going to be more of a pain since it most likely has a transponder key and not having the old key means the dealer will have to program it for you.

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Customer: replied 5 months ago.

I have done that in the past and been successful. I called the dealer about both of these junkers, and was told that theI r computer does "not go back that far."

I am asking if there is a practical way to bypass the ignition switch.

Expert:  Joe replied 5 months ago.

Not really no, you can sometimes have a tune written to eliminate it but nothing you can do on your own.

Try this which most likely won't work but is worth trying:

If you do not have a scan tool with PATS
programming capability, then you can use
the following procedure. Just insert the
new key into the lock cylinder and turn the
cylinder to the “Run” position. After you
do this, the “Theft” indicator light will
begin to flash. It will take approximately 15
minutes for the light to stop flashing.
Within 5 minutes after the light has
stopped flashing, Turn the ignition switch
to the “Off” position for one second, and
then back to the “Run” position. After
doing this, the “Theft” indicator light will
begin flashing again for another 15
minutes. When the light stops flashing for
the second time, turn the key to the “Off’
position for one second, and then back to
the “On” position for the third and final
time. The “Theft” light will flash for
another 15 minutes. After the third time,
which will be approximately 45 minutes
from the start of the process, the PATS
control module will have erased any of the
keys that were programmed into its
memory, while programming the new key
that you have just used into its memory.
This key will now start the car. Any
additional keys can now be programmed
using the Spare Key Programming

If that does not work then you have to have the dealer or a locksmith for instance program it for you.

And by the way that dealer is incorrect, they just don't seem to want to do it.