How to program your 1998 Ford Windstar pickup truck remote keyless entry fob alarm by yourself at home without going to the dealer.

Turn the ignition from OFF to RUN 5 times within 10 seconds, with the 5th time ending in
All doors will lock then unlock to confirm programming mode.
Within 20 seconds,
press any button on 1st remote transmitter. Door locks will cycle to confirm programming.
Within 20 seconds, press any button on 2nd transmitter (up to 4 transmitters total possible).
Turn the ignition OFF. Locks will again cycle to indicate end of programming mode.
**If you have remotes with Memory 1 and Memory 2 be sure to program Memory 1 remote first and Memory 2 remote second.
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  • Joseph Cote

    I feel like I tried this and my 1998 Windstar locks do not engage after the turning on and off 5 times? Are ther some instances where it doesn’t work. I had a 1998 Ford Windstar that the fob worked and I want to program them for another 1998 Ford Windstar. Please advise.

    May 10, 2016 at 6:46 pm
    • admin

      If you still aren’t having any luck, you can try rebooting the keyless system by doing an electrical reset on the vehicle.
      To do this you would simply disconnect one of the car’s battery cables for about 15-20 minutes, reconnect and then try the programming again.
      Sometimes this will solve any ‘bugs’ that may be keeping the remote from programming.

      May 12, 2016 at 2:51 pm