Overview of Ford Keys

Ford keys are the most reliable amongst all the makes we cover. This is simply because the quality of build and design are very good compared with many other makes. As well as this, when a new Ford car key is needed, the prices are below the market average and, they are the simplest for us to supply, cut and programme.

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There are two types of blade that can be fitted to Ford keys.

‘Tibbe’ Blade.


This type of key was fitted to most Ford keys from 1992 – 2006, and later than that on the commercial vehicles. The style of key was ground breaking when it first came out, described as ‘unpickable’! For the remote central locking keys, there is only one style available, being a static blade that does not fold down.


Flat Blade


Ford keys

The later type of blade is flat with a groove cut into one edge. This style of key is similar to all new cars and in considered very secure, compared to the older Tibbe keys. With the remote central locking keys, there is the option to have either a flip out blade, or one that is static.




Problems with Ford Car keys

The most common problems affect the following models

Ford Mondeo 1999 – 2006


The ignition becomes very worn and a sharp edge inside the ignition scratches the key blade and ‘files’ away every time the key is used in the ignition. Eventually the key does not turn in the ignition. If a new blade is cut, then normally the key becomes stuck inside the ignition, due to the sharp edges.



Our Solution

The only answer to this problem is to fit a new ignition. We recommend a new ignition, built up to the original key shape, along with a new blade. The advantage is that the same key will fit all around the car.

Ford Transit 2006 – 2014


These vans have a blue coloured remote central locking fob. Unfortunately they suffer from several problems. Firstly, the key loop that they have molded, is thin and not very strong. As a result, we see many that are broken.

This is compounded when the owners try to drill a hole through the remote in order to hang their keys. In most cases, this damages the important electrical components meaning that sometimes the van will not start.


Along with this, the batteries are rechargeable and  cannot be easily replaced. We see lots that have been opened by force and the damage caused by doing this often stops the van from starting.

Our Solution

The only solution is a new blue remote, which then will need programming to the van. We can do this while you wait.

Ford Fiesta 2009 – Present


These cars have the new, flat blade type of Ford keys. The most common problem we see is where the blade becomes very worn and thin. When this happens, it will not work in the ignition, leaving you stranded.


Ford Keys

Worn Fiesta blade

Our Solution

This can usually be easily fixed by cutting a fresh new blade to code and we can do this while you wait.

With all these problems, free advice is always at hand, just call or drop in to show us what problem you are having and we’ll see if we can help.



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12 replies
  1. rocket
    rocket says:

    Ok, so I thought starter was going on 09 focus because it was taking 2-3 times to crank over yesterday. Starter and battery are fine. It wouldn’t start at all until hubs pushed the key in really hard and turned it really hard and it finally started. I was running to pick up pizza and I left it running so I wouldn’t get stranded. What is going on? Is my ignition bad or my key?

    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Do you have another key? When the car won’t crank, what does the security light do? On your car I think it is a red adlock on the dash

    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi Nick, yes the key chain holder splits into two pieces, which is a bit of an odd way to make it. It sounds like you just need a replacement case and swap the parts over. How many keys have you got?

  2. Paul
    Paul says:

    Have a 2010/60 plate fiesta. Had problems with the lock in the recent cold snap. Wonder if the car should have a remote central locking fob (it is central locking).
    Appreciate your help

    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi Paul, there are a few Fiesta models that do nve a remote option, these are the cars previously purchased for the MOD etc I believe. The dealer will be able to tell you if a remote part is available


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