I'm looking for the steps to find and/or re-program the code used with the keyless entry system. In other words, I don't know the code for my vehicle's keyless entry system. What should I do?

  • Could you give us the year of the car, to be sure? I'm not sure about the Excursion, but other FoMoCo vehicles with a keyless entry pad typically had the master code printed on a label somewhere on the inside of the trunk lid.
    – Iszi
    May 8, 2011 at 3:57

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Please also note that the entry code cannot be reprogrammed. It is more-or-less burned into the module. This is true of all fords. This module is called a GEM or RAP, depending on your model and vintage.

GEM - Generic Electronics Module

RAP - Remote AntiTheft Personality SJB - Smart Junction Box

Early 90's fords, anti-theft and Keyless entry was a feature. The RAP was created to augment a vehicle model with existing electric locks. This is kind of like what aftermarket Keyless entry / Alarms modules were. You won't find RAPs in them much more. This lead the way to GEM's.

A GEM is like an engine management computer for all the non-power-train systems in the car. It does communicate with the power-train system. A GEM controls the Lights (autolamps), wipers, rear window/mirror defrosters. It control the Locks, and the keyless systems too now. This module is what would need to be-replaced if you wished to change the Keyless entry code. This has also been replaced in later-models with the SJB.

The SJB is marriage of the GEM with the internal Fuse panel in to one, inseparable unit. As, always there are exceptions.

As an alternative. If you merely wish to disable the keypad, that is also a possibility. These, use a combination of 8 - 6 wires to send the key presses to the GEM/RAP. An inclined DIYer can examine the wiring charts available on AutoZone's Member site. This would involve cutting of one or two wires to disable the keypad.


Ford's factory 5-button keypad systems have a factory code, which is always active, and also can be programmed with a personal code.

The factory code is on the "owner's wallet card" and is also printed on the computer module. In the '01-02 Expedition, the computer module is buried up in the dash behind the radio, though people claim you can read it with a mirror and a flashlight.

Once you've got the factory code, you can program a personal code using the instructions in the owner's manual, e.g.: [PDF] http://www.motorcraftservice.com/pubs/content/~WO5HDW/~MUS~LEN/41/05hdwog3e.pdf#page=91


If you want to find the code but cannot find any documentation of it, if you take it to your local Ford dealer they can hook up their computer to it to let you know what the code is. Unfortunatly it has to be the Ford computer system so even if you have an after market one it will not work.

  • Heading to the dealer is always a good first step on these type of issues that are very make/model specific. Despite the bad rap that dealers are often given, I've found them to be the best resources out there! Mar 16, 2012 at 18:57

I don't know about recent Fords, but they used to put small white stickers in the trunk area (ie: hinge of trunk lid or rear hatch) with the code. It will be a five digit code and that's all that will be on the sticker. Very innocuous, but if you know what you're looking for, will stand out quite readily.

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