The dealer programming processes involves the use of IDS software to diagnose and program Ford/Lincoln vehicles. IDS is the OEM FORD programming software dealers use (as well as other licensed users such as myself). There are vehicle features that can directly be enabled by IDS such as Dark Car or Remote Start. Legitimate OEM IDS software and VCM2 (diagnostic tool) costs in excess of $2000. Any dealer or licensed IDS user can perform my programming changes.
The options that I have learned how to enable/change (such as enabling keyless entry, aux. audio, satellite radio, double horn honk elimination, etc) are not a direct features accessible in the IDS software. This can be corrected though through my process using IDS. I provide a required vehicle specific programming file and PDF instructions (via e-mail) for the dealer to follow using IDS software and when completed the options will now work. This process should take no more than 30 minutes from start to finish. Your dealer may tell you it can't be done and they are wrong. If your dealer has questions about the process have them watch the below instructional video. I even offer to do remote access assistance with them (if necessary) during the programming phase (they need to allow remote access). YOU SHOULD CONTACT YOUR DEALER PRIOR TO ORDERING TO MAKE SURE THEY WILL BE WILLING TO PROGRAM THE VEHICLE. While this process is simple some dealers do not like to think "outside the box."
I have no association with dealers (or Ford) so I can't answer questions about how much a particular dealer will charge. This is something you should discuss with your dealer ahead of time.
Larger government agencies may have their own fleet services and have access to the same tools and I will also work with them to get your PI up and going with it's new features.
If you are in Wisconsin I also have the equipment to accomplish this in person. Contact me at Jason@FLVPmods.com with any questions.
INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO FOR IDS PROGRAMMERS ON HOW TO ACTIVATE FEATURES
Do not contact me about using software that is made/used in violation of Ford/Bosch copyright and IP laws. I will not give out information or assistance for anything related to that. IDS and FDRS are copyrighted software programs which have annual license fees/agreements.
Please note Ford/Lincoln is migrating to new dealer software know as FDRS. IDS does not work on these vehicles therefore programming solutions offered on this site will not work with those vehicles. As of now these are the 18+ EcoSport, 18+Expedition/Navigator and 19+ Ranger. As I become aware of other vehicles I will add them to this list.