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Old 05-11-2004, 09:06 AM
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DO I have to get a replacement key at the dealer

Well on my way back from my honeymoon in Mexico my keys fell out of the baggage and of course it had my 2003 F-150 key on it.

Well it has the chip in it and after finding out my dealer wanted $130 to replace it I just about fell outa my chair.

Do I have to get the key from a dealer or is there a cheaper place to get one??

PS... I live in Louisville, KY and sorry if this is not in the correct forum section..

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The only other place it is cheaper to get the key is to search e-bay. I was able to get a key, and transmitter all shipped for 25 dollars.
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You can get a key other places as long as you have at least 2 keys that are already programmed. If you have only 1, you are stuck going to the dealer.
If you have 2 programmed keys already, the instructions to program new are in the owners manual.
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Not really the answer I wanted but thanks for the info guys..
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OK, perfect time for my first post here. I am speaking from experience on this…. We (my wife) managed to loose BOTH sets of "chipped" keys along with the keyless remotes. I called the dealer, and like you, fell out of the chair. You CAN get new keys, regardless of how many you have on hand, through a locksmith. You must have the key code, but it is easier if you have the dummy (non-chipped) key.

In our experience, the locksmith came to our house, cut the key from the code, and then programmed both new keys (2 total) to the vehicle. The programming takes time and is the costly part. There is actually a programmed wait time between keys of about 10 minutes; it just seems like an hour when you have to be somewhere. There in NO need to go to the dealership for this, nor do you have to have an existing key for the vehicle. I can tell you it is NOT cheap. It saved me money in that my time was saved. You probably won't save money by using a mobile locksmith, but it sure was quicker than the alternative....

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Moved to proper forum.

With the expense of the new keys you should probably program two new keys to your new fords then put the original keys in a household safe or safe deposit box. You can get a new chip key cut and program it yourself after that.

I got rid of the chip keys altogether for my 98. I hate carrying those huge plastic beggars on my key ring.
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Hi 10banger and welcome
You were lucky that you found a locksmith that could program your keys. It seems that most of them cant.
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