How to Turn Off MyKey on a Ford Without the Admin Key

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The Ford MyKey system is designed to provide more protection and security with your vehicle. Yet, there are times when you find yourself in a jam, wondering how to turn off MyKey on a Ford without the admin key. This is a puzzling situation, but there’s a simple solution.

In this guide, we discuss your next steps. We also look at the purpose of the MyKey system and show you what cars it is installed in. At the end of our guide, you’ll also get some answers to your top MyKey questions. 

Can You Disable MyKey Without The Admin Key?

Yes, while it is easier to change the settings and disable MyKey with the master key, you can still accomplish what you need without it. You will need to use a third-party program to disable the MyKey system. 

We recommend using FORScan, but it’s not your only option. Additionally, you want to read the service manual to make sure you aren’t doing anything opposed to what’s recommended by the manufacturer. 

There’s also the option to visit a Ford dealer. You can get help from a local Ford service department if you give them your VIN and model information. They can disable the old admin key and get you a new one. However, you may need to pay around $350 for this service. 

For this reason alone, it’s best to guard the MyKey carefully. This is the key given to you when you purchase the vehicle. It’s the only one that cannot be programmed or restricted by you. 

How To Disable MyKey Without Admin Key

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Once you have the FORScan program, you are ready to disable MyKey. Here are some general steps to follow.

  1. Turn the vehicle on.
  2. Connect your vehicle to the FORScan software with the compatible adapter of your choice.
  3. Start the PCM KOER (Key On Engine Running) program. This process may take a few minutes, so be patient. It may look like it gets stuck at times, but keep waiting. 
  4. For keyless systems, remove the MyKey that’s programmed into your vehicle.
  5. For standard key systems, wrap foil around the fob to block off the transponder.
  6. Turn off the car engine.
  7. Wait a minute and turn on the ignition, but don’t start the car.
  8. With the buttons on the steering wheel, open up the main menu. 
  9. Navigate to “Settings.”
  10. Select “OK.”
  11. Navigate to the “MyKey” options.
  12. Select “OK.”
  13. Find the option that says “Clear MyKey” and select it.
  14. Hold down “OK” until the message appears saying, “All MyKeys Cleared.”

Once you’ve seen that message, all of the MyKeys currently configured are now cleared. These MyKeys won’t function any longer. From here, you need to set up a new MyKey or have one reprogrammed. Again, a local dealership can help with this step. 

What Is Ford MyKey?

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Ford MyKey is a safety system used with the manufacturer’s vehicles, created by MyKey Technologies. With this system, owners can lock and unlock vehicles remotely through an app on compatible smartphones.

The MyKey system also serves several other purposes. You can set driving restrictions on the car, which is helpful if you have younger drivers using the vehicle. Set a top speed to ensure that your child isn’t going too fast or keep the stereo sound at a certain volume. You can also screen explicit content from the Sirius Satellite Radio.

There are also hazard alerts and theft prevention technology used to keep the vehicle safe. With the alerts coming directly to your smartphone, you always know what’s happening.

As the system continues to be upgraded, new features are added all of the time. For example, there’s now the ability to keep the car from starting if you aren’t buckled. This technology is working to prevent injury during an accident and it’s keeping you from getting a ticket.

The MyKey System continues to be hailed as a top safety measure. Even the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed studies on the system. 

How Does MyKey Work in Ford?

The Ford MyKey system works through the onboard diagnostics (OBD) port. This is the same port used to read trouble codes with your compatible scanner when the Check Engine Light comes on. The port is found below the dashboard on the driver’s side of the vehicle. 

The vehicle telematics system is physically accessed by taking a cover off. With most Ford vehicles, the cover is found in the engine compartment, located near the car battery. You will see multiple metal plugs running behind or under a rubber seal.

Ford MyKey integrates this telematics system to control vital aspects of the vehicle. In some cases, it will tighten the seatbelt or prevent the vehicle from moving without the seatbelt connected. It also can regulate speed limits or adjust the settings on various electronics. While these systems are handy for using with a teenage driver, they can also be helpful for yourself. If you tend to speed because you aren’t paying attention, you can set a maximum speed limit that helps you avoid tickets.

However, you are always in control of the system. If you have the vehicle key with you and the car is started, you can disable the functions at any time. Simply push the MyKey button on the key to turn it off.

The MyKey system isn’t just helpful while driving. It’s also used to enable or disable the door locks, just like your typical key fob would. It also doubles as your car’s security system, putting multiple functions into one package for a more convenient option.

The MyKey system goes a step further by allowing you to set your driving preferences. Adjust the engine block heater, seat positioning, mirrors and volume on the radio, all with the button. You can opt from four restriction levels for complete customization. However, to unlock the top level, you must push on the accelerator and the brake pedal at the same time. 

Finally, the MyKey system can be monitored from anywhere. You don’t need to be in the car to see what’s going on. Simply use the interface provided on Ford’s website to interact with it remotely. While your teenager is out in your car, you can track it and change the rules as needed. 

MyKey is activated when you purchase your vehicle. It remains registered for the life of the vehicle. If you need a new admin key, you must contact a local dealership for help. The service department will take your VIN to get a new admin key created for your model. 

What Models Have Ford MyKey?

The MyKey system was first introduced in some 2010 model vehicles. It wasn’t standard technology at first but was considered an optional feature.

Now, the MyKey system comes standard in every new Ford vehicle. It can also be found in the Lincoln lineup too. 

Additionally, other auto manufacturers are using similar software programs. Here are a few examples.

  • BMW: Digital Key technology
  • Chevy: Teen Driver technology
  • Hyundai: Digital Key technology
  • Volvo: Care Keys

Every manufacturer has a little something to offer, although none are exactly the same as the Ford version. While you may be able to lock and unlock the cars with some of these or monitor your teen’s driving, none of them offer all of the functions that the MyKey does. However, that could change in the future as technology continues to advance. 

How do I get a Ford Admin key?

You are given the key when you purchase a car from the Ford dealership. If you need to get a new admin key made, you will need to contact the dealership with your vehicle information. A new key might cost you around $350 and the old MyKeys can be cleared at this time. 

Can I disable MyKey with an OBD2 scanner?

You can use an OBD2 scanner with the FORScan software to disable MyKey. FORScan lists the compatible scanners to use with the software. For the best results, we recommend choosing the adapter provided by FORScan to ensure a stable connection. 

How do I bypass the MyKey volume limit?

To remove the volume restriction, start your vehicle and wait for the display screen to turn on. Press the controls to reach the main menu. Choose “Settings” and “OK.” Select “MyKey” and “OK” once again. Once you find the Ford MyKey volume limit feature, turn it off. 

How do I override Ford MyKey?

To disable the system, you must have the admin key. Through the settings on the display, navigate to the MyKey function. From here, you can disable the settings. You can also clear MyKey. You should get a message on the screen that says, “All MyKeys Cleared” once you are done. 

If you are thinking of buying a Ford vehicle, you want to check out what the MyKey system can do for you. Just remember to carefully guard the admin key, as you can deal with a lot of headaches if you don’t have it. Even in an emergency, we’ve shown you how to get around the admin key requirement, but the process does take a little work.

As professional technicians, we see people need workarounds for all sorts of problems. The MyKey solution is just one way to ease the pressure until you can get to a dealership for a new key.

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