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Ford Escape MyKey Setup and How to Use After Programming

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Ford Escape MyKey Setup and How to Use After Programming

Ford Escape MyKey Setup
Ford Escape MyKey Setup and How to Use After Programming - Ford MyKey allows you to program keys with restricted driving modes to promote good driving habits. Learn Ford MyKey here: how to create, setup, reset, disable, settings speed limit and more.

Ford Escape MyKey Setup and How to Use After Programming

MyKey is a motor vehicle security system designed by the Ford Motor Company that allows the controlled use of a car with a configurable key. You can program the Ford MyKey restrictions to all keys but one. Any keys that you did not program are administrator keys or admin keys.
With MyKey Admin, you can use to:
  1. Create a MyKey with certain vehicle restrictions.
  2. Program certain MyKey settings.
  3. Reset MyKey restrictions.
After you program a MyKey, you can view the following information through the information display:
  1. The total number of admin keys and MyKeys for your vehicle.
  2. The total distance a MyKey driver traveled with your vehicle.
Every MyKey receives the same restrictions and settings. You cannot program them individually.
For vehicles equipped with a push-button start switch: When both a MyKey and an admin key are present when you start your vehicle, the system recognizes the admin key only.

Ford MyKey Settings
Ford Escape MyKey Setup and How to Use After Programming

Not every vehicle includes the features listed below. If your Ford Escape vehicle has this equipment, then you cannot change the following settings when using a MyKey:
  1. Seatbelt reminder or Belt-Minder.
    • MyKey mutes the audio system until drivers, and in some instances, passengers, fasten their seatbelts.
    • If your vehicle includes an AM/FM radio or a very basic audio system, then the radio may not mute.
  2. Earlier low-fuel warning. The low-fuel warning activates earlier for MyKey drivers, giving them more time to refuel.
  3. Certain driver alerts, stability systems or parking aids turn on automatically when you use the MyKey system. For example, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), cross traffic alert, lane departure warning or forward collision warning. Note: MyKey drivers may be able to turn the lane departure warning feature off, but this feature turns back on automatically with every new key cycle.
  4. Restricted touchscreen operation in some markets. For example, MyKey may prevent manual navigation destination input while the vehicle is in any gear other than park (P) or when the vehicle reaches a certain rate of speed.
  5. Satellite radio adult content restrictions, if this feature is available in your market.
Optional MyKey Settings

You can configure certain vehicle feature settings when you first create a MyKey. You can also change the settings afterward with an admin key. Not every feature applies to every vehicle in every market. When they are available for your vehicle, then they appear in your information display, providing choices to switch them on or off, or to select a more specific setting. Various vehicle speed limits so the MyKey driver cannot exceed certain speeds. The information display shows warnings followed by an audible tone when the MyKey driver reaches the set speed. You cannot override the set speed by fully depressing the accelerator pedal.

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Do not set MyKey maximum speed limit to a limit that will prevent the driver from maintaining a safe speed considering posted speed limits and prevailing road conditions. The driver is always responsible to drive in accordance with local laws and prevailing conditions. Failure to do so could result in accident or injury.
  1. Various vehicle speed reminders so MyKey drivers know when their vehicle speed approaches the limits. Warnings appear in your information display and a tone sounds when the MyKey drivers exceed the set vehicle speed.
  2. The audio system's maximum volume limits to 45% so MyKey drivers can concentrate on the road. A message appears in the information display when MyKey drivers attempt to exceed the limited volume. MyKey also disables the automatic volume control.
  3. If your vehicle includes an AM/FM radio or a very basic audio system, then the radio may not limit.
  4. Always on setting. This setting forces certain features to remain on and active for MyKey drivers. For example, E911 or emergency assistance and the do not disturb features stay on even if a MyKey driver uses the feature's control to switch it off.

Ford Mykey Manual

Manual instuctions to create a MyKey.
  1. Switch the ignition on using the key or the transmitter you want to program.
  2. Access the main menu in the information display and then scroll through the menus to begin programming MyKey.
  3. Follow the instructions in the display.
  4. A confirmation message appears in the display after you finish programming your MyKey.
The programmed restrictions apply when you restart your vehicle with the programmed key or transmitter. Make sure you label the programmed MyKey so you can distinguish it from the admin keys.

Ford Main Menu Information Display Controls

Various systems on your vehicle can be controlled using the information on main display controls on the steering wheel. Corresponding information is displayed in the information display.
  1. Press the up and down arrow buttons to scroll through and highlight the options within a menu.
  2. Press the right arrow button to enter a sub-menu.
  3. Press the left arrow button to exit a menu.
  4. Press and hold the left arrow button at any time to return to the main menu display (escape button).
  5. Press the OK button to choose and confirm settings or messages. The OK button may also be used to reset some Trip values.

You can also program the optional MyKey settings

Programming or Changing Configurable Settings. Use the information display to program or change your optional MyKey settings.
  1. Switch the ignition on using the key or the transmitter you want to program.
  2. Access the main menu in the information display and then scroll through the menus to change the settings of your MyKey.
  3. Follow the instructions in the display.
  4. A confirmation message appears in the display after you finish programming your MyKey. The programmed restrictions apply when you restart your vehicle with the programmed key or transmitter.
You can clear or change your MyKey settings at any time during the same key cycle as you created the MyKey. If you switch the engine off, you must use an admin key to change or clear your optional MyKey settings.

The symbol icon on MyKey settings gives you the ability to switch a feature on or off. A check in the box indicates the feature is enabled, and unchecked indicates the feature is disabled.

Menu Structure is the information display all vehicles
You can access the menu using the information display control. Some options may appear slightly different or not at all if the items are optional.

Reset MyKey
Reset Ford MyKey

When you clear your MyKeys, you remove all restrictions and return all MyKeys to their original admin key status at once. To clear all of all MyKey settings, here how to reset MyKey:
  1. Switch the ignition on using an admin key.
  2. Access the main menu in the information display and then scroll through the menus to begin clearing your MyKey programming.
  3. Follow the instructions in the display.
  4. A confirmation message appears in the display after you finish clearing your MyKeys.
Ford MyKey reset without admin key

When you clear your MyKeys, you remove all restrictions and return all MyKeys to their original admin key status. You cannot remove the MyKey restrictions individually.

Ford MyKey Tutorial

You can find information about your programmed MyKeys by using the information display.
  1. MyKey Distance
    • Tracks the distance when drivers use a MyKey. The only way to delete the accumulated distance is by using an admin key to clear all MyKeys. If the distance does not accumulate as expected, then the intended user is not using the MyKey, or an admin key user recently cleared and then recreated a MyKey.
  2. Number of MyKeys
    • Indicates the number of MyKeys programmed to your vehicle. Use this feature to detect how many MyKeys you have for your vehicle and determine when all MyKeys have been deleted.
  3. Number of Admin Keys
    • Indicates how many admin keys are programmed to your vehicle. Use this feature to determine how many admin keys you have for your vehicle, and detect if an additional MyKey has been programmed.
MyKey Remote Start

MyKey is not compatible with non Ford-approved, aftermarket remote start systems. If you choose to install a remote start system, see an authorized dealer for a Ford-approved remote start system. Advertisement