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Temp disable freestar pats

Wont crank

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    steve67686 Jan 12, 2013

    Red light on top of dash blinks rapidly when key is in on position. Has done this a few times over the lat several days

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What red light is flashing? is it for the alarm system? Is the battery fully charged? does the car try to crank click ect

Posted on Jan 12, 2013

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    steve67686 Jan 12, 2013

    Red light is on top of dash near windshield. Placed a charger on the battery an received a charge complete within 10 minutes

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    steve67686 Jan 12, 2013

    Doesn't crank, previous searches led me to PATS locking out the starter

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The passive anti-theft system (PATS) uses a specially encoded ignition key. Each encoded ignition key contains a permanently installed electronic device called a transponder. Each transponder contains a unique electronic identification code out of over 18 billion, billion combinations.
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  • damaged wiring.
  • a damaged transceiver.
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