There are two types of codes associated with the keypad. There is the computer (master) code, which is the code it was given from the factory and cannot be changed or erased, even if you disconnect the battery. Then there is the personal code. This code is programmed by you. It's advisable that you never give the master code out to anyone, and it's probably a good idea to use your personal code. It's not a bad idea to keep the master code as the "backup" code. Just in case someone happens to figure out your personal code, you can always change it!
To find the code, you should first check in your glovebox. Many people have found the code written down on a piece of paper or inside the owner's manual. You may have lucked out and found the code on the official Ford card, as shown below, slid in the owners pouch:
If it isn't there, you now have a fun chore ahead of you.
For finding your code, it's advisable you bring some tools such as a flashlight and a small mirror (ie. Dentist mirror). A digital camera might help as well if you want to take multiple pictures of the area so you don't have to strain your body looking for it.
For ALL 1986-1995 Models:
Sedans: Ford stamped the code on the trunk lid bar or the code may be on a sticker on the inside of the trunk lid.
Wagons: For wagons, look on the hatch itself and the frame around the opening. The sticker may be white with pink numbers. The module inside the rear hatch, driver side should have the number as well, written on a white label.
In my vehicle, which is a 1995 Sable Wagon with the third seat option, the code was found under the carpet in the rear passenger side corner of what would have been the spare tire well.
Here is the location of the module:
Note for sedan models: If you go into the trunk, you can see the black, cardboard-looking board that is behind the rear seats. If you pull that back (from the left-hand/driver side) you should see the computer, which should have the code printed on it as well.
For ALL 96-99 Models, look at the three pictures:
Depending on your year, you may or may not have electrical tape covering some or all of the numbers. Be warned if you remove the tape, more than likely the numbers will be removed with the tape. If you have access to something like a hairdryer, you might have better luck at leaving the numbers on the box if you heat that area up a bit before removing the tape.
2000-2001 and some 2002 Sedan models: The keyless entry module was moved, and is now located above and to the left of the brake pedal. You will find it located on the very top of the module itself, almost behind it, on a white piece of paper that is removable. It may come off in pieces, but it is removeable. If you choose to leave the paper in place, you will need a mirror to get up underneath the module and read the numbers. Remember you're reading them backwards!
2002 models: You will find the code stamped on the inner side of the passenger compartment fusebox. It will be in a lighter color writing with 5 digits, possibly yellow. If your 2002 model is equipped with the fusebox above and to the left of the brake pedal, please follow the instructions just above.
2003-2007 models: You will find the code embosed on the right side of the module.
On all 1986-2007 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sables: Press anytime the 7/8 and 9/0 buttons at the same time, all doors will lock. Type your code then: 3/4 to unlock all doors, 5/6 to open the trunk. Press any button will illuminate the keypad, door locks and interior lights.
Programming private code for the Gen 1996-2007 models:
Step 1. Think of a new code.
Step 2. Enter the Ford factory code.
Step 3. Press 1/2 within five seconds of entering the factory code.
Step 4. Enter the first digit of the new code within five seconds of pressing 1/2. Enter each remaining digit with in five second of the last digit entered. Wait 20 seconds. Try new code.
Aftermarket keypads: The factory keypad is hardwired to the electrical system.
Ford has a new aftermarket keyless entry keypad that uses double sided tape to stick to the cars body. These modules run on the same frequency as the remotes to your car so no wires are needed. They are available for purchase all over the internet and at your local Ford Lincoln-Mercury dealer. Please note, your car must be a 1998 model or newer, and be equipped with factory remote keyless entry for this keypad to work.
And of course…if you can't find it, the dealer can pull the code out of the module with a scan tool. Some may charge for this service, but please remember when the Ford or Lincoln/Mercury dealer sells you a Taurus or Sable, they should provide you with the factory code along with 2 keys and 2 remotes, as that was the way it came from the factory.
Each vehicle with keyless entry has its own factory code
Keyless entry will have a keypad built into the driver's door handle.
the batterys in your keyless remote may need to be changed
No , just the factory code and a personal code if it has been entered
Your Sable will have keyless entry if there is a numbered access keypad mounted under the driver's door handle on the outside of the door. Your owners manual will have the default code for using the keypad and will also have instructions on how to program a personal code.
It is printed on the computer which is normally under the kick panel or mounted against the rear seat in the trunk.
The 1995 Mercury Sable would have come from the factory with ( 5W-30 ) oil in the engines
Mercury Sable was created in 1986.
On a 2002 Mercury Sable : Open the drivers door and on the latch pillar is an information sticker . One of the things it shows is the original size of tires on the vehicle from the factory
According to the 1999 Mercury Sable Owner Guide : The 6 disc CD changer is in the trunk ( or if it is a wagon , the passenger side storage compartment in the cargo area )
On a 2002 Mercury Sable : Open the drivers door and on the latch pillar you will see an information sticker . One of the things it will show is the original size of tires on the vehicle from the factory