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HOW TO add factory remote start to 15-18 Edge

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***EDIT: This guide will cause DTCs related to the TPMS system, the TPMS sensors also read at a certain Mhz range and changing the module will cause them to lose communication with the car. To regain functionality you will need new TPMS sensors, for me it took 24hrs for this DTC to appear, there is a light on in the dash for it*******************************************

***EDIT/ UPDATE: My issues with TMPS resolved when I started the car up later in the day, this could be an isolated incident, there is not an inherent frequency incompatibility. 

 

After doing some experimentation on my own vehicle and pulling information from other fords and the factory workshop manual I have successfully enabled the factory remote start system in my edge for less then a plug and play kit.

Things needed*******************

-A 902mhz Radio Transceiver Module (I will refer to it as "RTM") (https://parts.ford.com/shop/en/us/transceiver-7847223-1)

-1 or 2 new keyless fobs with the remote start button (https://www.ebay.com/itm/2018-2019-Ford-Expedition-Explorer-Edge-Remote-Start-Prox-Smart-Key-Factory/114158633715?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649)

-A working knowledge of Forscan

-Tools to operate Forscan

-General knowledge of taking apart interior trim

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Explanation of how this works:

Basically the ford edge is able to be programmed to any intelligent access key that is from the same era, although not all of them will work correctly out of the box. While you can buy and program a remote start key at any time, it will not work without being inside the battery backup slot (found in the center console) and the buttons on the fob will not work. This is because Ford uses 2 different frequencies for their remotes on the Edge. The keyless remote that you likely have without the remote start button operates in the 300mhz range and the key with remote start operates in the 902mhz range. This is the only thing that makes the keys incompatible with each other. The ford edge uses the RTM to communicate with the body control module to perform all of the functions of the keys. Luckily for us ford sells the upgraded 902mhz RTM on their parts website and it uses the same mounting and wiring harness as the already equipped 300mhz module. This makes adding remote start as easy as plugging in a new module and programming new keys to work with this module. Once the 902mhz RTM is installed it will begin communicating with the BCM and all the functions of the new key will work.  

 

How to:

 1. The first thing to get out of the way is by far the hardest and most annoying part about this process: key programming. The best-case scenario is that you have the 2 keys that came with your car and no others; in this case, you will be able to program 2 new remote start keys yourself without paying any extra for the process of programming. The worst case is to have more than 2 keys programmed to your car OR to have only one key because the other is lost. If you have only one key you will not be able to program any others without a locksmith or dealer. This is especially annoying because the locksmith I called said that a remote start key would never work with my car so he refused to program one for me. Unfortunately, you will either have to win that argument or buy a key without remote start so that you can program the others (note: keys without remote start will no longer work after this process). If you have more than 2 keys programmed the max you can have on a Ford is 4, so if you are at the limit then you cannot add another without paying a licensed locksmith to delete your other keys. If you have 3 keys programmed you will be able to add another but that will be your only working key at the end of the process, so you will be without a spare. No, you cannot do key programming with edges on forscan, and no you cannot even do it with a VCM 2 and IDS. Ford just recently made it a requirement that you have an online locksmith login to program keys, so even if you have advanced tools you will have to fork over cash to get the keys programmed.  If you really like this guide please join me in raising hell about this stupid anti-consumer policy. This step is by far the most complicated. If you have only 2 keys programmed and you still have both of them then the cost of this will be less then an aftermarket solution; if you have the worst case I am sorry but because of Ford logic this will be as expensive if not more than an aftermarket solution. To program the keys on your own there are a ton of other guides out there about it, so I would recommend watching a youtube video on the topic.

2. Once you have gotten the keys programmed the next step is to enable remote start in Forscan. To do this you will need to enable it in the BCM and the IPC modules. These modules both have a gui format that will allow you to simply select these options. If you like to do AS-BUILT then you might have to find the codes elsewhere because there is not a ton of information on edge forscan atm. In both modules, though just enable the option, there is no need to configure it now since you will be able to in the cluster later on. 

3. Next, you will need to remove the old RTM module and replace it with the new 902mhz module. This module is located in the headliner right by the trunk in the Edge. I will attach an image of the service manual for reference. I was able to access mine without removing any pillar trim, but if you don't want to risk putting any pressure on the liner, this may be a more involved process. 

4. To remove the module from the mount on the headliner, I recommend using a pic or pry tool to lift on the 2 plastic retainers. Once you have removed them the old module should easily come up and out.

5. Now you will need to remove the wiring harness from the RTM. This can be done by pushing in on the little tab on the right side of the connector (again I recommend using a pic for this). With the tab pushed in the wiring harness should come off allowing the whole module to be removed.

6. Now take the new 902mhz module and reverse the steps for removal to install. 

7. After plugging all of this in your new remote start keys should begin to work while the older non-remote keys will stop working. It will be as if you had a 302A edge all along :)

Notes:

- I did this on a 2018 Ford Edge Titanium 300A and all of the wiring worked perfectly if you have an older model or an SE your mileage may vary. 

-The old keys will no longer function after doing this procedure, to regain their functionality simply replace the old module. 

-Before starting this process I would recommend checking your AS-BUILT data from  https://www.motorcraftservice.com/AsBuilt and making sure that block 751-01-01 reads "01FF 80DA" as this is what the new module will read, if yours is different you may need to program the new module to be the same as the AS-BUILT. 


 

 

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Do you think this could work on an european Edge? I believe here the remote works on a different frequency (433 mhz) but after being replaced, it should not be a problem.

Checking my as-built, I have the "01FF 80DA" value.

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On 6/28/2020 at 5:12 AM, papinist said:

Do you think this could work on an european Edge? I believe here the remote works on a different frequency (433 mhz) but after being replaced, it should not be a problem.

Checking my as-built, I have the "01FF 80DA" value.

 

It certainly should. You would need to use the vin for a European edge with remote start to generate the proper as-built data. And you woul need to use a European RTM.

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14 hours ago, papinist said:

Do you think this could work on an european Edge? I believe here the remote works on a different frequency (433 mhz) but after being replaced, it should not be a problem.

Checking my as-built, I have the "01FF 80DA" value.

The brand new module I got from the ford dealership came with the 01FF 80DA value so I never had to do any programming. Technically it would be a good idea to reprogram it through IDS, but in my case it was plug and play. If for some reason it came blank then there could be issues. With how easy these are to change out its worth a shot to see if its plug and play. 

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19 hours ago, onyxbfly said:

 

It certainly should. You would need to use the vin for a European edge to generate the proper as-built data. And you woul need to use a European RTM.

 

What do you mean? I already have an european VIN since my car is the Euro model. I vas referring to the as-built generated from my VIN for my car. About an european RTM, I'm not entirely sure that remote start is available somewhere in europe. I remember some time ago when I did some research about remote start, I found people trying to enable it on mondeo\fusion and they were searching for remotes with remote start button and 433 mhz frequencies. And I'm sure enough that EU models use 433 mhz for both remote and tpms data.

But if it works like colinc755 said, the main frequency is insignificant: US or EU, with remote start you switch to an entirely dofferent frequency.

 

6 hours ago, colinc755 said:

The brand new module I got from the ford dealership came with the 01FF 80DA value so I never had to do any programming. Technically it would be a good idea to reprogram it through IDS, but in my case it was plug and play. If for some reason it came blank then there could be issues. With how easy these are to change out its worth a shot to see if its plug and play. 

 

Do you have a ford part number for that RTM? The link you posted requires to choose an US dealer, that is a bit impractical for me from Italy :)

 

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2 hours ago, papinist said:

 

What do you mean? I already have an european VIN since my car is the Euro model. I vas referring to the as-built generated from my VIN for my car. About an european RTM, I'm not entirely sure that remote start is available somewhere in europe.

 

 

Apologies if this is incorrect and or does not apply to you.  I edited my post to reflect my original intention.  I meant that you will need a European vin from an edge that has the remote start feature to generate the as-built for your car. Since your edge does not have remote start you would not have that feature enabled.

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Ok understood :) But hopefully the changes in BPM and IPC modules listed by OP are the same I need to make to have it functional.

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I did all of this on my 2017 SEL. At first, tpms was fine and didn't get any errors. Now it is saying tire pressure sensor fault after about 30 minutes of driving and hasn't gone away in a few days. Also, when I try to remote start it the car lights flash but doesn't start and the remote blinks red. I enabled everything in forscan that I had to I believe. Anyone have an ideas on how to fix the tpms issues or get the remote start working?

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