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Old 11-29-2014, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Think about it like this....

Right now you have ONE key. Imagine how much you will have to spend if / when you lose that key? $$$$ plus the dealer might be your only option and car downtime.

Having to spend $70+ to prevent that from happening will be very worth it.

On my 2004 Focus it had the PATS key system. I bought the key on Ebay and had it cut at a locksmith. I think I took it to the dealer to program.
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Old 11-29-2014, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Usually these procedures require you to start with a known good key.
True. I hadn't figured on needing ALL the keys to make another, just one of the remaining keys.

But if they can "clone" a new key that reads just like one of the old ones, the car won't be any wiser.

Losing ALL the keys is always bad news.
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Old 11-29-2014, 03:17 PM
 
Location: NJ & NV
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You are all talking about "transponder" keys that have an electronic element built into the plastic part of the key that a sensor near the ignition switch reads. Many older keys just have regular mechanical keys that any hardware store or key place can dupe.

And yes for about $70 or so Homey Deep and others, Lowe's, will make a duplicate key with the correct electronic code programmed into it. Make sure you test it correctly. I had a Dodge Intrepid and several Homey D's and an Ace tried but could not dupe the electronics right. One Homey D finally figure out the key pod needed to be slightly closer to the steering wheel for it to work, cut the key down slightly about 1/8" or so and then it worked.
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Old 11-29-2014, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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It would be nice to combine the remote and the key like this. Not sure if it is doable. This thing looks to be just a shell.

Amazon.com: New 3 Button Uncut Modify Keyless Remote Key Shell Case For 1998-2012 FORD Expedition/Explorer Sport Trac/Taurus No Chips Inside: Automotive
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Old 11-29-2014, 07:24 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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It would be nice to combine the remote and the key like this. Not sure if it is doable. This thing looks to be just a shell.

Amazon.com: New 3 Button Uncut Modify Keyless Remote Key Shell Case For 1998-2012 FORD Expedition/Explorer Sport Trac/Taurus No Chips Inside: Automotive
The original stock key/remote for my Ford Fusion looks like this.

The shell from Amazon works if you only need a new blade. (broke, worn, whatever) You would swap the little circuit board from the old unit into the shell, and have the blade cut to match the old.
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Old 11-29-2014, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, TX
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How much would a second key cost at Napa advance o'reily or autozone?
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