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Ford vehicle wont start...cant figure out why?

If you own a late model ford vehicle with a computer chip in the key beware to never stick any other key in the ignition but the one that belongs to that vehicle. if you do you run the risk of having to have your computer reset by a dealer service tech. from experience i can assure this can be very pricey. my tip would be if you own multiple vehicles keep your keys on seperate keychains that are disquishable from car to car.

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is there a code for resetting the automatic key starter for starting the car


There is. The dealers have a small hand held computer that pairs the chip in the key/fob and the chip in the ignition lock. Once they are paired, the ECU recognises them both as belonging to the vehicle and releases power to the ignition system. It is the anti-theft system and immobiliser.

Or if you mean a Remote Starter, check the company website or the instruction manual.

Jan 04, 2017 | Cars & Trucks

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car won't run with new key


IF ITS IS A LATE MODEL VEHICLE THEY HAVE A SECURITY CHIP IN THE PLASTIC PART OF THE KEY.IF YOU DIDNT HAVE A KEY CUT WITH THE MATCHING CHIP CODE THEN THE VEHICLE WILL NOT START,VSS OR VEHICLE SECURITY SYSTEM GOES INTO "LOCK OUT" AND ENGINE LOSES IGNITION SPARK AND OR FUEL PUMP OPERATION.

Oct 10, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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Ive had my ford focus car keys stolen and it was my only key to my vehicle.. I need a replacement key how much will it cost me. my car is locked


You can get a new ignition cylinder plus keys from autozone ( $70.00).It has a comp. chip in it so the dealer must install and program it for you.Or you could have them cut new keys for you but the cylinder ends up sticking and going bad anyways, happened to mine at 112,000 miles.

Oct 18, 2009 | 2003 Ford Focus

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2002 Ford Escape, I can't get the key into the ignition, seems like the key and the steering column are out of alignment. Lately I've had problems locking the steering column after shutting the vehicle off. Also, harder to gte the key in the ignition- lot of play, have to jiggle the key to get into the ignition.


First, Never spray WD 40 in an ignition system, the petroleum based lubricant will allow all foreign objects such as dust and particles to stick together and cause you more problems. Secondly I worked for Ford for years in Service as Manager and in Parts as Manager as well as Parts and Service director. Ford Escapes and Ford Contours are notorious for Ignition problems. Make sure your key chain doesn't have an excess amountof clutter on it such as a lot of keys or added accesories because this adds weight to the system which is already mostly plastic.The best Lubricant to use on a key switch is a dry graphite spray lubricant that you can pick up at most auto parts. If you can't seem to get your key in or out and you need to go now then slow turn the wheel to the left and right while trying your key. The Ford Contours had numerous recalls on their ignition system. I would recommend calling your Ford Dealer and give them your Vehicle Identification number (VIN) and get them to check and see if you have a recall. This is free and the parts and labor are free as well. Hope this helps, Roger Talley, motorhead5769@yahoo.com

Aug 10, 2008 | Ford Escape Cars & Trucks

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