Ford Thunderbird Lost Car Key Replacement – All the Information You Need to Get a New Ford Thunderbird Key. Tips, Costs, Your Options, and More.

Ford Thunderbird key replacement - All you need to know

Ford Thunderbird key replacement – All you need to know

 

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In this article:

Ford Thunderbird Replacement Car Keys – Introduction

Ford Thunderbird Keys Replacements by Year – Not sure which key you had: regular, transponder chip, or remote key fob? Find out here

Automotive Locksmith Coding a Ford Thunderbird Key

Automotive Locksmith Coding a Ford Thunderbird Key

Have you lost your Ford Thunderbird car keys? – How do I get a replacement key? What options do I have?

Ford Thunderbird Key Replacement Near Me – Things to remember before calling a locksmith

Ford Thunderbird Car Key Replacement Cost

Key Coding and Programming Machine for Ford Cars

Key Coding and Programming Machine for Ford Cars

Can I get a replacement Ford Thunderbird key by VIN?

Ford Thunderbird Key Programming – Which keys can you program yourself? How to program & more.

Keyless Entry Information Ford Thunderbird

Transponder Chip Key for a Ford Thunderbird

Transponder Chip Key for a Ford Thunderbird

 

Introduction:

Ford Thunderbird Car Key Replacements

Ford Thunderbird Car Key Replacements

The Ford Thunderbird was introduced in 1955. This model has three versions (Ford Thunderbird, Ford Thunderbird (Non-Turbo), Ford Thunderbird (Turbo)) and seven types of keys.

Transponder Chip Keys: 2002 to 2005.

Non-Transponder Keys: 1985 to 1997.

Coding a New Ford Thunderbird Key by an Automotive Locksmith

Coding a New Ford Thunderbird Key by an Automotive Locksmith

    • Please keep in mind that while some keys or key fobs may look the same, they have different capabilities/frequencies/keyways. Therefore, having the right key or key fob is essential.
    • Already have your key? Need information to guide you through programming your Ford Thunderbird transponder key? Click here for more information.
Ford ignition cylinder

Ford ignition cylinder

 

Quick access or go to FAQ

 

Click on the type of key you had or your year model below to get the most accurate information:

 

Ford Thunderbird:

 

2003, 2004, 2005: (H92-PT)

2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Ford Thunderbird Transponder Key Replacement (H92-PT)

2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Ford Thunderbird Transponder Key Replacement (H92-PT)

Already have a key? Click HERE for programming information.

 

2002: (H74-PT)

2002 Ford Thunderbird Transponder Key Replacement (H74-PT)

2002 Ford Thunderbird Transponder Key Replacement (H74-PT)

Already have a key? Click HERE for programming information.

 

1996, 1997: (1196FD/H75

1996, 1997 Ford Thunderbird Non-Transponder Key Replacement (1196FD/H75)

1996, 1997 Ford Thunderbird Non-Transponder Key Replacement (1196FD/H75)

 

1994, 1995: (1193FD/H67)

1994, 1995 Ford Thunderbird Non-Transponder Key Replacement (1193FD/H67)

1994, 1995 Ford Thunderbird Non-Transponder Key Replacement (1193FD/H67)

 

1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995: (S1167FD/H50)

1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 Ford Thunderbird Non-Transponder Key Replacement (S1167FD/H50)

1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 Ford Thunderbird Non-Transponder Key Replacement (S1167FD/H50)

 

1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993: (1184FD/H54)

1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 Ford Thunderbird Non-Transponder Key Replacement (1184FD/H54)

1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 Ford Thunderbird Non-Transponder Key Replacement (1184FD/H54)

 

Ford Thunderbird (Non-Turbo):

 

1985, 1986, 1987: (1184FD/H54)

1985, 1986, 1987 Ford Thunderbird Non-Transponder Key Replacement (1184FD/H54)

1985, 1986, 1987 Ford Thunderbird Non-Transponder Key Replacement (1184FD/H54)

 

1985, 1986, 1987: (S1167FD/H50)

1985, 1986, 1987 Ford Thunderbird Non-Transponder Key Replacement (S1167FD/H50)

1985, 1986, 1987 Ford Thunderbird Non-Transponder Key Replacement (S1167FD/H50)

 

Ford Thunderbird (Turbo):

 

1985, 1986, 1987: (1185T-P)

1985, 1986, 1987 Ford Thunderbird Non-Transponder Key Replacement (1185T-P)

1985, 1986, 1987 Ford Thunderbird Non-Transponder Key Replacement (1185T-P)

 

 

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FAQ:

 

Q: I lost my Ford Thunderbird car keys, have no spare, and need a replacement. How and where can I get a replacement key?

How to Get a Ford Thunderbird Replacement Key

How to Get a Ford Thunderbird Replacement Key

 

Generally speaking, you have three options:

  1. Call an automotive locksmith that offers a mobile service for Ford Thunderbird cars. We can help you with that.
  2. Tow the car to the dealer.
  3. Order a key online and have the dealer or locksmith cut and program it for you (if necessary).
Transponder key on a computer operated cutting machine

Transponder key on a computer operated cutting machine

A word of caution: The type of key you need depends on the year and model of your Ford Thunderbird. Therefore, the options for getting a new key made and programmed depend on whether you need a remote, an intelligent fob, push to start button, a transponder, or a regular key.

A: For a more detailed explanation, including tips on SAVING TIME AND MONEY, please visit our blog post: How to get a replacement key.

Not ready to call for service just yet? Click here for some GREAT ideas on how to find lost car keys.

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Q: What should I tell the locksmith or dealer when I call for service?

Ford Thunderbird Key Replacement Service Near Your Location - Tips

Ford Thunderbird Key Replacement Service Near Your Location – Tips

A: First, make sure you have the exact year, make, and model, e.g., 2005 Ford Thunderbird.

Also, write down the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) of the car located on the left side of the dashboard near the mirror (Click here for more information). The VIN helps the locksmith or dealer verify the year, make, and model of the car and determine which key you had.

Finally, make sure you can show ownership of the car by having the necessary documents – title, ID, insurance card, etc.

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Q: Ford Thunderbird key replacement cost – How much does it cost to replace a Ford Thunderbird key without the original? What is the average price?

Ford Thunderbird Key Replacement Cost - Estimate only

Ford Thunderbird Key Replacement Cost – Estimate only

 

In short, replacing a Ford Thunderbird key can cost between $50 to $180. The cost depends on a few factors:

  1. Type of key
  2. The year manufactured
  3. Time of day & your location
  4. Where you get a key replacement (dealer, automotive locksmith, online, etc.)
  5. Availability of code to cut a new key
  6. Original ignition or not
Replacement Car Key Price Factors

Replacement Car Key Price Factors

The type of key you had and the year the car was manufactured are the most important factors (chip, intelligent fob, “push to start”, remote, regular “non-transponder” key). The newer the car is, the better the security features the key has. Therefore, you can expect to pay more than $250 for a replacement key. Click here to see the model and type of key you had for a more accurate price and additional information.

Also,

the price depends on where you get a key replacement. Did your replacement key come from the dealer, or an automotive locksmith? Or did you get it online? Click here to get a more detailed explanation of how to get a replacement key.

The dealer usually charges about 10% to 15% less for the replacement key than a locksmith would charge. However, you will likely have to tow the car there to program the new key or remote. Therefore, the total price is usually higher

New Transponder Keys Coded On-site

New Transponder Keys Coded On-site

Furthermore,

consider that if you have a locksmith come out and make you a new key outside regular business hours, the price may increase.

Finally,

in case your ignition cylinder has been changed, which is quite common in older cars, that probably means that the code for the key may not be useful. In these instances, the key will have to be cut manually by a locksmith, or you will have to change the ignition again, which in this case, the dealer can’t help.

For a more detailed explanation and GREAT TIPS on how to save money, please visit our blog post: Car keys replacement costs

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Q: Can I get a Ford Thunderbird key replacement by VIN?

Ford key fob - Inside look

Ford key fob – Inside look

A: That depends on the year model of your car and your key type.

The VIN allows the dealer or automotive locksmith to access the key code on file, i.e., to cut you a replacement key by code, which is a very fast and easy process. There are, however, two things to consider:

  1. For Ford Thunderbird vehicles that are older than ten years, there are no codes available. So, an automotive locksmith is your only option to get a replacement key.
  2. For Ford Thunderbird vehicles equipped with a transponder system and/or remote, intelligent key, or fob key, codes are available. However, programming is necessary. You will have to either tow the car to the dealer or have an automotive locksmith come and program the key on site.

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Q: Ford Thunderbird key programming – Which keys can you program yourself? Which keys require a programming tool? & more

Automotive Locksmith Programming a Ford Thunderbird Key On-site

Automotive Locksmith Programming a Ford Thunderbird Key On-site

A: The Ford Thunderbird has different types of keys. Some require programming, and some don’t. All transponder chip keys and/or smart key fobs need to be programmed. This process requires a special programming machine that only an automotive locksmith or the dealer has. There is no need to program non-transponder metal keys.

To make things simple, we divided all Ford Thunderbird keys into two categories:

  1. No programming needed (Non-transponder keys).
  2. Keys that needs to be programmed (Transponder or remote keys). These keys required the expertise of an automotive locksmith or the dealer.

 

No Programming needed:

Car Key Cutting Machine

Car Key Cutting Machine

Ford non-transponder keys are metal keys that have no chip in them. Therefore, no programming is needed.

1196FD/H75, 1193FD/H67, S1167FD/H50, 1184FD/H54, 1185T-P.

 

Ford Thunderbird keys that need to be programmed – You will need an automotive locksmith or the dealer:

Ford Thunderbird Car Key Programming Tool

Ford Thunderbird Car Key Programming Tool

These keys, also known as remote smart keys, intelligent keys or key fobs, and transponder keys, have a security chip. Programming is needed. Also, a special machine is needed to program them. An automotive locksmith or dealer should do it for you. This process must be followed for most models made after 1998.

H92-PT, H74-PT.

 

Q: I have a Ford Thunderbird key and would like to get a keyless entry system to unlock all doors as well. Can you tell me which one should I get? Will it need to be programmed and can I program it myself or not?

A: The Ford Thunderbird has a few keyless entry system options. For newer models, the key you have contains a built-in keyless entry system (a remote master key or key fob/smart key). Some need to be programmed by a professional locksmith or dealer and some don’t. Below you will find all the relevant information.

Ford keyless entry - Inside look

Ford keyless entry – Inside look

 

Keyless entry information for the Ford Thunderbird:

Keyless entry information Ford Thunderbird

Keyless entry information Ford Thunderbird

Ford Thunderbird has 2 different keyless entry remotes. Choose the year of your car:

1999-2006: CWTWB1U331 (Choose Method A)

1993-1997: GQ43VT4T (Choose Method B)

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