How to use FORScan to enable Automatic Door Locking on a Ford Fiesta MK7 (ST’s/Zetec’s/etc)


I’ve seen quite a few posts on car enthusiast groups about the popular software FORScan and how to use it to diagnose and enable certain features on the cars internal computer.

FORScan is a desktop application (also available for Android/iPhone’s albeit with limited functionality) that is used for diagnosis and configuration of the main cars computer.

It should be noted that if you don’t know what you’re doing, DO NOT guess as it can lead to unintended results!

Download & Install FORScan

FORScan can be downloaded from their website by clicking here.

(As of this article, the current version is 2.3.20 beta and will change in the future).

On your computer, you’ll need to click where it says “FORScan version 2.3.20 beta for Windows – free”.

Generate Licence

In order to use FORScan fully, you will need to generate a licence key. This is quite simple and you don’t need to pay a penny. Just follow the steps below and you’ll be ready to begin using the software.

  1. Click here to generate a licence key. You will need an account if you don’t have one already. Proceed to register than come back to this step.
  2. When logged in, and you’re viewing the “Generate Extended License” page, fill in the details accordingly.
  3. For the field that says “Hardware ID *:”, you will find this in the FORScan software by clicking the very bottom icon on the left hand side. (It looks like a wheel with a question mark in the middle)
  4. Click the “Copy to clipboard” button next to where it says “Standard licence. Hardware ID: XXXXXXXX-XXXX (where X is an alphanumeric character).
  5. Paste this back into the field on the web page and click Generate.
  6. You will then get a record in the table below. On the far right, click “Download” under the Action column.

Importing the licence into FORScan

Once you have downloaded the Licence, you can then proceed to import it into FORScan. You only need to do this once until the licence expires, then just repeat the steps above again.

  1. Click the “Load licence key” button on the same tab where you found the Hardware ID (step 3 above).
  2. Find the file and click OK.
  3. You should now have a valid licence within the software.

Activating Automatic Door Lock in the Main Car Configuration

At this stage, you will need your ELM327 USB device and your laptop. Follow the steps below to activate automatic door locking within the Main Car Configuration.

  1. Plug your ELM327 USB Device into your laptop.
  2. Plug the OBD end of the device into your cars OBDII port.
  3. Start the ignition on your car.
  4. Click the connect icon on the main screen (car icon with the yellow information symbol) which is in the bottom left and looks like two blue plugs connected together.
  5. Wait for the software to connect to your car. At this point you may get an additional dialog that asks if you want to save the profile of your current car, you can click “Yes” to this to stop it asking you in future.
  6. Once connected, head over to the “Configuration and Programming” tab (third icon from the bottom on the left hand side that looks like a computer chip).
  7. You will see a list of modules and their names identified by FORScan. You want to find the name “Central Configuration” and click the Play button at the bottom of the screen.
  8. You will be told to turn off the ignition. Turn it off, then click Ok, then turn it back on again.
  9. You will get another screen with a lot of  configurable items on. Make sure in the dropdown next to “Mode”, you have it on “Engineering 1 (+ all editable)” so you can edit the fields.
  10. Find where it says “Automatic locking by speed” and click on it. Then click the button at the bottom that says “Edit selected”.
  11. A window will popup with a selection. Click on “02 – Automatic Locking” and click the tick button.
  12. Click write and then follow the on screen instructions.
  13. Wait until it finishes writing the configuration back to the car. Your dials may make a funny sound during this process and the radio may change.
  14. Once complete, click the stop button down below and head over to the main tab again and click the disconnect icon down below next to the connect icon identified earlier.
  15. You may now disconnect your ELM327 device and unplug it from your laptop.

Activating Automatic Door Lock

In order to finish off the process of activating automatic door locking, you will need to perform a sequence on the car. Follow the steps in order and you should be good.

  1. Turn the ignition on.
  2. Press the power door lock control three times.
  3. Turn the ignition off.
  4. Press the power door lock control three times.
  5. Turn the ignition on. The module is now in programming mode (mine beeped on this final step).

Congratulations! You have now successfully activated Automatic Door Locking. Now, when you travel above 15MPH, the doors automatically lock themselves!

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7 Responses to How to use FORScan to enable Automatic Door Locking on a Ford Fiesta MK7 (ST’s/Zetec’s/etc)

  1. Tony Weavers says:

    I just wanted to say thanks for your very detailed instructions on enabling automatic door locking on my Fiesta. I asked the main dealer to set this up and was told it could not be done!

    Following your guide I have now completed this and am very pleased with the result. It really annoyed me not having this feature enabled before.

    Once again, thanks.

  2. Kevin Palmer says:

    Worked on 2016 Kuga which main dealer said they couldn’t do.
    Many thanks

  3. Steve says:

    Trying to do auto locking on fiesta at 2014 have activated in forscan, do you press the lock feature lock unlock lock, or lock unlock lock unlock lock unlock getting confused

    • Owen says:

      Hi Kevin,

      So the unlock/lock button is just a toggle switch, it doesn’t matter what side of the button you press.


  4. Prasert Rattanapornpradit says:


    My ELM 237 has toggle switch HS can and MS can which position I should leave it to while performing this process.

    Thanks in advance .

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