The Ford GT, which stands for Grand Touring, is a great sports car. When you think of the GT, you think of speed.
With a top speed of over 200 mph, it is also one of the fastest cars manufactured by Ford.
The Ford GT is an impressive asset to have. Unlike most cars that depreciate quickly, the GT’s limited production makes it a classic.
Explained below are all you should know about the Ford GT and its keys.
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Ford GT Key Fob Buttons, Functions and Tricks
The Ford GT has a smart key fob and an emergency key inside it.
The key fob has great proximity sensors that enable it to have an extended range of operation.
It has replaced the conventional transponder chip key. This is because it can do anything a regular key can do and more. It is used to start the car’s engine via the remote start button.
Early GT models like the 2005 model use a transponder chip key and that doesn’t have buttons.
The GT key fob can also roll down the car’s windows while you’re away from it. This is helpful for hot weather where you’d want some cross ventilation in your car before you get in.
The trunk button opens the trunk by sending a signal from the key to the car’s system. The system then sends a message to the hydraulic struts to lift the trunk open.
How Much Does An Extra Key Cost?
The cost of replacing a key fob remote can range from $100 to over $220 depending on the complexity of the design. All key fobs need to be programmed.
If you drive a 2005 or 2006 GT, you probably use a transponder chip key.
Transponder chip keys also have to be programmed to your car. However, they’re less expensive to replace if we’re comparing them with a key fob.
Many dealerships charge you for their work hourly. Make sure the dealer isn’t deliberately wasting time so he can charge you more.
A locksmith can also cut and program you a new key and can even get it online.
My GT Car Key Is Not Detected
There are some major reasons why your car key might not be detected; the battery inside the fob might be dead.
The fob might be broken, or no longer programmed to your car. The keyless operation system might also be faulty.
The solutions to the problems stated above include changing your fob battery and having your fob checked for damages.
Note that you would have to pay the locksmith for reprogramming if the fault isn’t from them. If they made an error while programming your fob the first time, they’d probably reprogram it for free.
It almost never turns into a case where you need a new key.
Please also read our article about the Ford GT in snow and winter driving.
Which Batteries Do Ford GT Keys Use?
The most common types are 3-volt CR2025 and CR2032 3-Volt batteries. You can find the exact type in the owner’s manual.
The 3-volt Lithium-ion batteries are sold at large stores, dealerships and online. Make sure you buy the same type as the damaged or weak battery you’re planning to replace.
Can You Change the Key Battery Yourself? (Dead key)
Changing your car’s key fob battery is easy and can be done yourself by following these steps:
- Press the release button and get the key blade out. For some models, you will need to pull the blade out manually. Next, use a flathead screwdriver to get the fob open.
- Once you can see the inside, hold everything in place with your thumb while you get the weak battery out.
- Place the new battery in but be sure it’s placed the same way as the old one.
- Make sure the new battery is secured firmly in place.
- Close the fob and reinsert the key blade.
Do not wait till the battery is dead, try to replace once you find out that it’s getting weaker.
A good indicator to note is a reduced range and functionality of your key fob.
Do You Have To Reprogram A Key Fob After Changing The Battery?
No, you do not need to reprogram your key fob after changing the battery. The battery is simply the fuel of your fob.
Your key fob will only need to be reprogrammed if the initial programming was faulty or develops a fault over time.
If there’s a problem with your transmitter, your key fob can be fixed but should be replaced in extreme situations.
What to Do When Key Is Stuck In the Ignition?
The most common cause of this problem is a locked steering wheel. To release the key, wiggle your steering wheel in both directions until you can pull out your key.
Adjust your gear shifter to park if it’s set on any other gear. Next time, do not turn off your car’s engine if the gear is in another mode other than Park or Neutral.
Although there are many reasons for a stuck key, we’ve pointed out just these two. That’s because major problems involving a stuck key do not happen overnight.
If your key is stuck due to a major reason attributed to wear and tear, you’re better off replacing it.
Make sure to also read our article about how long the Ford GT lasts.
How to Find the Key Codes for Lost Keys?
The key code can usually be found in the car’s owner’s manual. It is sometimes found on the key or on a metal plate in the glove department or elsewhere in the car.
Key codes can be obtained from your Ford dealer or an automotive locksmith. Protocol requires that you provide proof of ownership. Your VIN may also be required.
What to Do If the Key Won’t Turn?
A common reason the key won’t turn include attempting to use a different key for your car.
Just because keys are from the same manufacturer doesn’t mean a different key would work with your car. The reality is that no other key would work with your car.
A locked steering wheel is also a likely cause. You can unlock it by turning the steering wheel from side to side while simultaneously turning the ignition key on.
A dead or weak car battery and faulty ignition cylinder can also cause this problem.
My Key Won’t Go in the Ignition
If your key refuses to go into the ignition, do not try to force it in as that might result in a broken key, or a stuck key in the cylinder.
A damaged anti-theft system can malfunction and see a threat when there really isn’t one.
You might need to call your mechanic and have him work on it.
Make sure you’re using the correct key and the ignition is not clogged with debris.
Also read our article about 11 Ford GT statistics you should know.
What to Do If Keys Are Locked Inside a Ford GT?
We assume you use an older model, say 2005 for example. This is because in newer models, your car senses your smart key in the car and will not lock.
Your locksmith can open your car for you or you can call Ford road assistance.
You can also have your locksmith make you a new key.
Your new key becomes a spare key-we advise keeping your spare key in a safe place afterwards in case you lock your keys inside again.
What Is A Remote Keyless System?
The keyless entry system functions by transmitting radio signals to your car. Your car receives the signals and unlocks the doors.
This helps get you into your car without using a conventional key when you press the unlock button on your fob or your door opens automatically immediately it senses your key fob.
In the past, a keypad on the outside of the driver’s side was referred to as a keyless entry system. The key fob of a Ford GT is an example of a remote keyless system.
What Happens If You Drive Off Without Your Key Fob?
Driving off without your key fob wouldn’t stop your car’s engine. It makes no sense for a car to stop abruptly on the road.
However, if you drive off without your fob, you’d get a message on your car’s screen. It’ll inform you that your key fob is no longer detected in your car.
If you stop driving and the fob isn’t in the car, your car’s engine would automatically stop after some minutes.
Note however, that if your car’s engine stops, it would not come back on without your fob.
Ford GT MyKey Explained
The Ford GT MyKey feature helps you to limit some functions in your car.
These functions include maximum speed, maximum radio volume, seat belt minder, radio content filter and others.
Whoever you give a MyKey to will be subject to these limits while driving.
The primary purpose of a MyKey is to train inexperienced drivers to drive safer.
The technology can be utilized by programming a key to function as the MyKey while the other remains the administrative key.