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How do I relearn my key to my anti theft system

My Mother in law incorrecty hooked up her van to a battery charger and fried the battery. we have replaced the battery, but now the key won't work to start the van. the anti-theft light blinks rapidly when turning the key, the owners manual states that the key is not being recognized and it needs to be reset. HOw is this done?

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SOURCE: 2001 Explorer; anti theft light steady; no power to car

take the positive side of the battery off for about 3 seconds and then put it back on to see if this will reset the security code

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Yes I agree it's the 'smart key'. Normally when you buy an explorer new, you will get 3 keys. 1 of the keys is a valet key.
If you were to copy another key that has a smart chip (transponder) in it, the new key won't work until you 'program' the third (new) key. To program it you need the original 2 keys that work.
The only other thing could be that there was a remote start in the vehicle and there could be something wrong with the module that bypasses the transponder. If there is a remote start in the vehicle you might be lucky to some extent if it still works.
If you move the shifter hard and it worked before, like you said, there could also be damage to the wires that goto the key cylinder, the reciever for the transponder in the key. Try having someone hold the key in start and use the tilt wheel, that too will tell you theres damaged wires if it starts.
Unfortunately you probably will have to bring the vehicle to a ford dealer to get additional keys programmed or the damaged part replaced.
It shouldn't cost too, too much. Just be glad you don't have a Saab, replacement key's are $145 Ea!
If your inclined, you can dissassemble the plastic shroud around the steering column and look for damaged wires coming from the black ring around the key down the the connector under the dash.

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SOURCE: anti theft device for 97 ford expedition

I have 2007 expedition XLT and the interior light blinking all the time what the solution ?

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The chip is in the key. Either the key has lost it's program or the transceiver is not recognising the key. Try another key if you have one.

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try using a spare key first

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