TireIron, did he have his own software in a personal computer for this or did he have actual equipment used by the dealership? I am bringing this topic back up because I stumbled across one of these on Ebay.
The description is as follows.
"Hickok P-Squared Ford Quick Scan software package.
P-Squared Ford Quick Scan
Comprehensive Ford and Lincoln/Mercury Diagnostics Right in your hand!
Easy To Use
P-Squared for PalmTM and Pocket PC based handheld computers is simple and easy-to-understand.
Up To Date
Supports 1996-2005 Ford and Lincoln/Mercury cars and trucks, including CAN. Affordable annual updates!
Broad Diagnostics Coverage
Displays and clears fault codes, runs self-tests, displays freeze frame data, and retrieves PIDs for over 40 different electronic systems (including airbags, ABS, and instrument cluster) on Ford and Lincoln/Mercury vehicles.
The P-Squared v2.0 software release contains the folowing new features:
Support for Active commands for CAN and non-CAN modules.
PATS key programming support added. This includes both PATS I & PATS II support for years ranging from 1998 - 2005 for both Non-CAN and CAN based modules.
Medium Speed CAN now supported*, including modules: Drivers Front Seat, Rear Seat Entertainment, Audio Control, Driver Climate Control Seat, Liftgate/Trunk, Park Aid, Vehicle Dynamics, Vehicle Security
• All Ford L/M Models (96-Current) • Comprehensive Coverage
• Access All Parameters (PIDs) • Diagnostic Accuracy
• Ease of Navigation • Quick Response
• Read & Clear All Codes
• Quick Fault Identification
• Read & Clear All Codes • Including "Proprietary"
• Real-time Graphing Capabilities • Quick, Visual-based Diagnostics
• Update Software via the Internet • Readily Accessible
Model 90062 P-Squared Ford Quick Scan Kit Includes:
Vehicle Interface Module
PDA Interface Cable*
CD with P2 Software*
Quick Reference Manual*
* These items are shipped upon product registration.
The Model 90062 P-Squared Ford Quick Scan works on the following supported hardware:
PDA Manufacturer Supported Models
rz1700 is NOT SUPPORTED"
If I could program my own keys using this hardware/software I would. I hate paying someone else to do any kind of work on my vehicle even if it's just once that I'd ever have to do it.