Ford Explorer Key Fob Battery Remote Replacement Years 1991-2019

The Ford Explorer key fob has 6 main variants since the vehicle’s first release in the early 90s. Here’s how to replace the key fob battery for each year / fob version of the Ford Explorer and what battery you will need to buy. Need another Ford key battery?

ModelTrimsGenerationYearsKey Fob TypeSubTypeRechargeable? Ease of changeBatteryBuy
ExplorerCologne V6, Modular V8, XLS, XLT, NBX, Eddie Bauer, Limited, Sport Value, Sport choice, Sport Premium, Sport Trac, Sport Trac Adrenalin3rd and 4th2002. 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010Square FobNo KeyNoCR2032
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ExplorerFord Explorer Sport, EcoBoost 2.0 I4, EcoBoost 2.3 I4, Duratec 35 V6, EcoBoost 3.5 TT V6, Sport, Limited, Platinum 5th2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015Rounded KeyCR2032
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Explorer5th2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015Slim Smart KeyCR2032
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ExplorerFord Explorer Sport, EcoBoost 2.0 I4, EcoBoost 2.3 I4, Duratec 35 V6, EcoBoost 3.5 TT V6, Sport, Limited, Platinum 5th2016, 2017Rounded RectangleFlip KeyNoCR2032
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Explorer5th2016, 2017Rounded RectangleInternal Valet KeyNoTwo CR2025
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Explorer5th2018, 2019Smart KeyPull Out Valet KeyNoCR2450
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I created a video to show how to replace every single key fob battery in the Ford Explorer since 2002. Here’s the video that shows how I replace the batteries in all 6 fobs:

Every Ford Explorer Key Fob Battery 2002-2019

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Okay, so in this video, we're going to change every single key Fob that the Ford Explorer has ever had. Alright, so let's start with the oldest model. This is from 2002 to 2010. There was a square key Fob. Now, the easiest way to change this one is right here at the top.

Where there's this bump, you can get some leverage. Take a small flathead screwdriver and just start to kind of work around where the keyring is there. And you'll be able to pop this one off. And the battery inside here is a CR 2032. This was used in most of the early 2000 to mid 2000 models.

You can see the negative side here. Pop that out. It's got a 2032 battery. Small, easy to buy. Go ahead and put a new one in there.

Positive side down. Pop that key Fob back together. Boom. That's how you change early models. This is for the third and fourth generation, 2002 to 2010.

All right, moving on. This is the rounded key. This has an internal key as well as unlock lock buttons. So for this one, you might need to score around. And by score, I mean take like a razor blade and score around the edges of this one.

This one can be really difficult to pry apart again. The key here is going to be at this top where this hole is. You can see there's kind of a corner in the upper right here. You can get a little leverage in there and start to pry apart again. The key here is separating these two sections of the Fob.

And this is for years, 2011 to 2015. They use this rounded integrated key in the Explorer. Work your way around again. You may need to score this a bit, but you can probably get on the edge there. And this one, if you take off the back, this little rubber part here, make sure you keep that in place.

And this gets you access to the CR 2032 battery. This one's easy to pop out. Make sure you put the negative side back in like that. So the words are facing you. You can line up the rubber part here, make sure that it covers the battery correctly, and then reseal the two parts here of the Fob.

And those will just click back together. All right, moving on. So from 2011 to 2015 they also had a smart key that they introduced. This one's an easy change. There's a little button here in the back.

Pull this button towards you. And it removes the valet key. Little key. You can take this key in the top right here. Get some leverage to pop off the back of this boom.

Now you have access to the battery there. Take small Phillips there. You can pop out this 2032 battery. And the positive side is away from us here. So we want to make sure that the letters here, lettering, CR 2032 goes down like this.

There's a little bit of Goo that they have in there. Make sure you get that back in.

Pop this back on the back. Easy. Valet key back in. That's how you change the slim smart key. This was in the fifth generation model from 2011 to 2015.

All right, next, rounded rectangle key. All right, so both of these came around the same time. One is a flip key and one has an internal valet key. Now, the flip key, if you got the flip key, we're still in a 2032. All right, so the gap access to this one.

Flip the flip key open, and there's two indentations, one right here and one right here. Take a small Phillips screwdriver and kind of pry in both of those indentation spots. Okay. See, both of those spots just kind of loosen the back of this key.

You'll be able to pop off the back, get access to the 2032 battery, pop that guy out easy. Make sure the lettering is facing you. Positive side up, pop a new one back in. Boom. Okay, that's the flip key.

Changing that. Okay, that's the end of the 2032. No more 2032. After 2015 or so, they moved to well, they still had this next key. This is a smart key.

Hasn't the value key, but it's actually kind of hidden. So this one, you look at this like, how do I open this thing? There's a small, little button here that you can push down. See that? And it releases a bit of the top.

Okay, so one trick on this one, if you can get a little bit of leverage here on the side, even before you push down the button that we're going to depress here, that'll allow you to more easily open it. So now we can hold that there and then depress this.

All right, so now we've gotten a good amount of leverage underneath there, and now we've actually got a gap we can work with. Okay. So once you get that, this will come apart and you can see the internal valet key here, you want to take this end here. There's kind of a middle base here. There's these two prongs.

We got to separate this section here from the bottom of the key. So you can take coin. You could take another key and just take at the bottom here. Small fly head screwdriver probably be better size and just kind of work this bottom part out here. And this will pop out from the base.

If you can see, I'm still just kind of working this back and forth a little bit.

Use another small key here. Actually, it works pretty well. So maybe a full size Phillips screwdriver would work. Well, there just at the base. Again, we're trying to separate this part here, and we're starting to get that separation.

And again, we're trying to remove these two prongs here to get access to internal battery section here. So kind of leveraging bottom part here. Okay. So now we've separated this. It's basically three different parts in here.

Now on this one there's a two CR 2025 batteries. So there's this little white part here. Kind of separates the two batteries. You can leave that in. Take like a small flathead here and you can pop out the first battery and it shows you the direction.

So this top one you want the positive side facing down. Then you can kind of pull this up and get access to the other one. This one you want the negative side facing down and it shows you here in the thing. Put a new one in here. We want the negative side facing up as it's shown in the diagram there.

So you need two of these CR 2025 batteries and then now we've got these two prongs that we need to line up with these two silver markers here at the top of the key and get those lined up and then attach the base here back in. And now we can reattach top key here you want to watch out for is make sure base here lines up correctly so it's got the two tongs here. Make sure you put that side in first and then you'll clip together and then this top part of okay. So that's the CR 2025. And lastly there's a newer smart key.

This one has an easier key to get access to. Just press the button here and then you can take the key itself and there's a hole right where you took it out and just use that to get some leverage on the back of the key.

You can pop off the back. This one comes pretty easily. Pop that out and there's a larger CR 2450 battery in there and I like a small flathead to kind of get in one of these little holes right here on the left. Pop that out positive sides toward you so you want the lettering towards you. Pop a new one back in and this back just kind of slides back in.

But this is base part in first.

Pop that back in. Okay. And now we've changed every modern battery for every Ford Explorer key Fob since 2002. That's how you change them all.

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Every Ford Explorer Key Fob

Also, you can click your Explorer model year or battery picture to jump to a specific tutorial for that Ford Explorer key fob:

Square Fob: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010


Rounded Key: 2011,2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
F-150 2009-2014 Remote Rounded Key Fob

Slim Smart Key: 2011,2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

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Rounded Rectangle Flip Key: 2016, 2017


Rounded Rectangle w/Internal Valey Key: 2016, 2017

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Smart Key w/Pull-Out Valet Key: 2018, 2019

How To Replace the 2018, 2019 Ford Explorer Smart Key Fob Battery

This newer smart key fob with a pull out valet key was used in newer ford Explorer models in 2018 and 2019 years for the 5th generation of the Explorer. This key will remote unlock the Explorer and contains an easy to change CR2450 battery.

Here’s a video on replacing the battery in the 2018, 2019 Ford Explorer smart key fob:

2018 2019 Ford Explorer Key Fob Battery Replacement

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This is a short video on how to replace the battery in a Ford Explorer. This is for the fifth generation Ford Explorer is going to be model year 2018 - 2019 Ford Explorer. And this is their smart key. It has an internal valet key, which I'll show you how to remove so we can get access to the battery right now. So press this button here to remove the internal valet key.

And this will give you access to two holes here. You can see in this top one here, there's a nice little slot. If you take a little flathead Phillips screwdriver or even another key itself, kind of gives you some leverage to pop off this back in these two slots here. And just a little bit of working around the edge in the back of this Fob. And you can pop this right off.

And the battery inside here is a CR 2450 and pop this out. There's two little kind of pieces of plastic here that kind of hold it in place. If you can just kind of pull those back and you can get the battery itself out once you depress those and put in a new 2450 battery to make sure that the tech side here is facing you as you push it back in. So when you put the battery back in, you're able to see the text there. That way you've got it on the right spot.

Then go ahead and put the backing back on. It just clicks right back into place. And there you go. This is how you change the battery. This is the smart key fob for the Ford Explorer generation.

Five models, years 2018 and 2019. And again, the battery type for this one is the CR 2450.

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How To Replace the 2015, 2016 Ford Explorer Smart Key Fob Battery with the Internal Valet Key

This key fob contains two internal CR2025 batteries and can be difficult to replace. Here’s my video on changing this key fob. It contains an internal valet key:

Ford Explorer Smart Key Fob Battery Replacement (2016 - 2017)

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Alright. So in this video, I'm going to show you how to change the key Fob battery actually batteries. And this is for Ford Explorer. This has an internal valet key. So it's not the flip key version of this.

So if you have a flip version like this, go ahead and check out the other videos I've got on changing Ford Explorer here. But this one has an internal valet key. And this was from years 2016 and 2017 for the Ford Explorer. Okay, so the key on this battery is on the back side here. So not the buttons on the back side here.

There's a little lever depression thing that you can push down. So what I've found handy is take a small screwdriver, push this down, and this allows you to separate these two parts. So the key Fob has kind of two sides to it and you can see how it lined down the middle. So if you're able to push that, press that down. This one can be a little tricky.

Sometimes I use my finger and then get something in between, get some leverage. There you go. And then you're able to pop this apart. Now that once you've pressed this and get access to the internal part of the key Fob here. So here's your internal valet key.

But what we actually need to get access to is below this. And so there's the spot here. You can get some leverage underneath. So we need to break apart this inner section of the key Fob away from the rest of the Fob here. So if you can get some leverage here, we got to get it separated from these two points here.

I do use like a flathead screwdriver works well, I've got another key fob here that can also do. And you just kind of leverage it. So we're starting to get some separation here. Just kind of slowly work your way around. This one can be a bit of a beast, but.

Okay.

All right. So now we've got the separation there and this middle internal piece comes apart. And then you can see actually where we have the two batteries that we'll need to replace. So the battery types here, let me pop these out here. Actually two of them.

And there's a little it's kind of plastic almost that shows you exactly what battery types it takes and also the direction that they need to go in. So let's take a look at this. It says CR 2025. That's the battery type. It's actually two of them.

They're real thin. So you can see it shows you change both batteries and it has the plus side up facing up on this first one. So you put that one in there and then between the two, you keep this little plastic point there. And then this next one is the negative side up. Negative side doesn't have any lettering on it.

Like. So put your new batteries in there like that then go ahead and reattach this middle part to the base of the Fob here. Make sure you get these two points there and that's broken a little piece here so that's not good. Make sure you don't do that. Put those battery back in and then you're going to want to connect these two points here.

Damn, I think I actually broke this thing so when I took this out oh, yeah, I broke the connectors here.

This is quite a conundrum here. I have to look at some of my past videos and figure out what I did here. I think I can fix this but I see what happened.

Okay. Interesting. Okay. So make sure to watch out for that little piece there. Get our batteries back in.

Yeah, there we go. Okay.

All right. So make sure that piece is in there. You have your connection points then you can reattach this here, make sure those two points attached there in the base click that back together and then you can reattach the top part there and boom, that's how you change the CR 2025 battery and I'll put a link to those here as well so watch out for those little tricks and hiccups that hit there.

How To Replace the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Ford Explorer Slim Smart Key Fob Battery

Replacing this smart key battery is easy. There is a small latch on the back of the key. It takes a CR2032 battery. Here’s a quick video I made on how to change this fob for your explorer:

Ford Explorer Smart Key Fob Battery Replacement (2011 - 2015)

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In this video, I'm going to show you how to change the battery in a Ford Explorer key Fob this is for years 2011 through 2015 for their smart key. So you may have one that has kind of a rounded key. This actually doesn't have a physical key to it at all. So it's just for unlocking and locking the car.

And it's a really easy battery to change. So if you flip over on the back here, you can see there's a little latch and you can pull this latch. And as you pull this, you can kind of remove see this back here? So I push it down. This releases this backing here can be a little tricky.

So sometimes if you maybe use something else to like a finger to pull it and then a little small screwdriver to separate the back makes it a little bit easier. Okay. So once you push this down, separate the back here. That will pop off and you can get access to the internal 2032 battery. So you need a CR 2032.

Pop this thing out. Just get a small flathead screwdriver is probably the easiest way. And the positive side in this case is facing down. So the positive side is the side with the lettering on the battery. So you can see this is a CR 2032.

And to pop a new one in, make sure the positive side, the lettering is that way. Make sure it gets in there correctly. You can see there's kind of these two prongs here. Make sure you get underneath those and then that will set in there and then just go ahead and reattach the back here. And this thing will just kind of pop back together.

And that's it. You've changed the battery on the Ford Explorer for 2011 to 2015 Smart key here. Again, this is a CR 2032 battery.

How To Replace the 2016, 2017 Ford Explorer Flip Key Fob Battery

This key fob contains a flip key, and would be considered more of a “dumb” key vs the “smart key”. It can still unlock the car, but doesn’t contain more of the fancy unlock in your pocket type features, you have to actually press the button.

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Here’s a video on replacing the battery in the 2016, 2017 Ford Explorer Flip Key fob:

2016 2017 Ford Explorer Flip Key Fob Battery Replacement

How To Replace the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Ford Explorer Rounded Key Fob Battery

This key fob contains the key integrated into the fob, there is not hidden valet key. It doesn’t have an easy pop off back, but the key itself is fairly easy to pry apart. You may want some superglue once the battery is replaced to secure the two pieces of the fob back together more permanently.

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This is a quick video on how to replace the battery in a Ford Explorer, 2016 or 2017 model. And this is for a flip key Fob This actually has a key here internally that you can depress here and clip. So it's not one of the ones that has an internal valet key. This key is actually built into the key itself.

This is Ford Explorer. This is for the 2016 - 2017 flip key model. There's another one that has an internal valet key, but for this one to get access to the battery, we're going to want to flip the key out here and on the side at the base here, away from the buttons, there'll be a few notches. And if you take a small flathead screwdriver, you can kind of get into those notches and get a little bit of leverage to pop off this back. This back would come off pretty easily the first time you do it might require a little bit of pressure.

Make sure you get in those notches there and flip off the back of this here. And this gives you access into the replaceable CR 2032 battery. This is commonly known as a watch battery, so you can easily just kind of flip that out either with a flathead screwdriver or pair of nail Clippers and kind of get in there and pop that watch battery out again. This is the CR 2032. Go ahead and pop in a new battery, then pop on the backing here and that'll just pop right together.

And that is how you replace the battery in the Ford Explorer 2016 - 2017 Flip key model.

Here’s a video on replacing the battery in the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Ford Explorer Rounded Key Fob Battery:

2011 - 2015 Ford Explorer Rounded Key Fob Battery Replacement

How To Replace the 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Ford Explorer Square Fob Battery

This square fob does not contain a key at all, just a remote unlock/lock/alarm/4th button (possibly to open trunk). This 4-button remote fob is easy to replace the battery in, but does require some pulling part of the fob that can be a bit tricky.

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Alright. This is a video on how to replace the battery in a Ford Explorer that has a rounded key like this that was used in the 2011 through 2015. So 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015. Ford Explorer 2011 through 2015. So to get access to this battery, it is a replaceable battery.

And what it requires that's really handy is actually a box cutter. Because what you'll need to do is score is just kind of making small cuts on this line here that cuts key in half. So you can see all the way around the entire key. There's kind of an indentation. And if you kind of score around and just slowly pry apart that key, you'll be able to get into the internals of the battery here, which I'll show you in a second.

Let me get this here. Okay. So you can see right around the edges here. If you take a small flathead screwdriver and just kind of slowly work your way around, prying this apart. There's actually a really good indentation here right at the upper.

If you're looking at the key like this kind of in the upper right here, you'll see a little indentation. If you can get your flathead screwdriver in there, can really start to pry this key apart and just kind of slowly work your way around and eventually be able to get this back off and separate these two pieces on this Ford Explorer key and just keep working it. And eventually this will pop off. And you may see there's a small lining here, maybe covering the battery that may come off. That's fine.

You're going to need to take that off to get access to the battery here. And now you can see, we can see the battery, which is a CR 2032. And this will just kind of pop right out. If it doesn't just put your small flathead screwed over just right in here, pop that guy out, pop this out, and then pop in a new 2032 battery. Place that in there and just make sure you get that right in there.

And make sure you line up this rubber mat piece that kind of separates, adds a little buffer between the key and the rest of the back. And then if you really want to make this secure, you might take some super glue around the edges of the key here. So that way when you put it back on and pop it in, it's really going to stay into place there. You shouldn't need to replace this too often. Make sure you get the backing here in the right spot.

So line up the battery here, make sure that it kind of has a place for it to sit there. And the Ford logo will be actually upside down here and pop that back in and then just kind of depress it all the way around. Like I said, if you wanted to add some super glue to the edges. That's how you do it. But that's how you replace the battery in a Ford Explorer.

Again. This is model year 2011 through 2015.

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Here’s a video on replacing the battery in the 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Ford Explorer Square Fob Battery:

2002 - 2010 Ford Explorer Square Key Fob Battery Replacement

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Okay. This is a short video on how to replace the key Fob in a Ford Explorer that has a square Fob like this with four battery, four buttons on it. This was used from 2002 up to about 2010 and Ford Explorer. So Ford Explorer 2002 to 2010. So you have this key fob that can unlock the car.

Sometimes open the trunk, has a panic button on it. And it does have a replaceable key. And to get access to what we need to do is if you look on the sides here, there's kind of a line that goes all the way, kind of cuts the key Fob in half. And it's a little delicate. But what you want to do is maybe take a box cutter, just kind of slightly score the edges.

Scoring is just kind of a little bit of a cut here. Right. And as you do that, you can kind of start to give it a little wiggle as you're scoring the edges. And you'll start to notice that, okay, maybe this will give a little bit I'd say once you have a little bit of a gap in there, take a small flathead screwdriver like this and just start to work the edges, just giving a slight little bend as you kind of work around here. And eventually, as you keep working this, especially if you work at this top point here, you can really start to get some separation, start to see some separation in the two parts of the key here, and eventually keep working this.

Slowly work your way around. And voila, this will pop off. You'll see access here into the circuit board, and then this battery here, this battery, you want to make sure that it says even the battery size right there. This is a CR 2032. And you want the positive side that has the words on it to actually be facing this key.

So it tells you right there. But just as a reminder, make sure that the words are facing down at this point. If you have it in this position and then go ahead. And once you put a new battery in, pop that back on there. And if you wanted to put a little super glue, you could around the edges just to make sure that this stays nice and tight.

But as you pop this back in, it's got a pretty good hold and seal. And that's how you replace the key Fob battery for Ford Explorer 2002 through 2010. And this four button square fob.

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