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I have always kinda wanted a keyless entry pad, but my 08 Escape lacks one. Such as...



Is it possible to add one of these? I haven't seen anything about it online or in this forum. I know that if they come factory they have a master "factory code", that any authorized dealer can look up, so does that mean that this feature can only come factory or that only a dealer can install it after the fact? Are there perhaps third party aftermarket kits that accomplish the same thing?
 

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The one in the picture is the "last generation" keypad. It does not require any wiring, drilling, or holes. Instead, it operates just like your remote keyless, with a battery, and it sticks to the exterior with the double-sided 3M emblem tape that's already applied. You can change the code at any time, and the battery lasts for a LONG time. I had that exact model on my '05 Limited for almost three years.

Ford has since redesigned the accessory keypad to include two faceplates (one pebble-grained black, and the other smooth and primed for paint-to-match), and the profile is lower and smaller. I like the new model, since it's much less conspicuous.



Ford's part number is 7L2Z-14A626-BA, and you can find this keypad at almost all Ford dealers and online stores for as low as $68.
 

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Oh, and the buttons light up a dim green when you touch them. The lighting goes out a few seconds after the last button press.
 

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Good question!

There are big differences between the factory-installed keypad and the accessory keypad.

The accessory keypad is a stand-alone device operated with batteries and mounted to the sheet metal using double-sided emblem tape.

The factory keypad actually fits in a hole already stamped in the door when the door is stamped (before priming and painting), and it's hard-wired into the Smart Junction Box, so it can't run low on power unless the car battery dies.

So, if you have a factory keypad, you can't really swap it for the accessory keypad.

You can always change the LEDs inside the factory keypad, like I did in my Edge. The former dim green LEDs are now bright amber LEDs. I also have the lighting diode-separated to light with the puddle lamps or when a keypad button is pressed.

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