Jus thought I’d give a write up on my 2007 Ford Fiesta 1.25 with normal keys (not keyless entry).
I bought the car to replace a very similar 2008 reg fiesta that I wrote off. When I bought this replacement car it only came with one key but I still had an old key with key fob etc from the old car which I wanted to try and make use of.
After a bit of research I found out that there’s basically 3 parts to the key:
Key horseshoe - connects to the end of the key fob
Key fob - containing circuit board for the buttons etc
Transponder Chip - glued in to the end of the key fob
Basically the key fob is the only part that is reprogrammable/reusable, also the most expensive part.
I took the old horseshoe key off the end of the fob and got a new one cut at Timpsons for £18.
I then took the old key fob and drilled out the old transponder chip (little thing sticking out of the remote) and bought a new chip online from Hickleys.com for £6 it’s the HVTP5 chip that’s needed for Fiestas up to 2015. By doing this I knew I was getting the real thing and avoiding bad clones on eBay.
I put the chip in the key fob and then ran Forscan with the PATs licence obtained already.
When I ran PATs, the ECU knew of two programmed keys but I only had 1. As I wasn’t at all worried about the missing key remaining on the system (god knows where it is!) I didn’t use the erase keys function, I just clicked on programme keys. It ran with coded access so I let Forscan generate the incode and then Once I had access it said to remove the key put the new key in, turn ignition on and click ok within 10 seconds. After this the key count showed 3 and the new key could start the car.
After disconnecting Forscan I then cycled the ignition on and off 4 times in 6 seconds to enter programming mode for the actual fob, pressed a button on the remote and then removed the key, the fob buttons then all worked.
So to confirm.
* You don’t need to erase all keys to add a 3rd key even if you only have one programmed key in your possession. I hated the thought of risking erasing everything and not having any working key!
* You can reuse old key fobs as long as you change the chip inside (£6 for a genuine one) and obviously get a knew key horseshoe cut.
Thanks so much to the Forscan team for the amazing software. I can’t believe how quick and straight forward it all was. The key (pardon the pun) as they said is to buy genuine chips and keys etc.
I can definitely recommend www.hickleys.com