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I have a 2000 ford windstar that I tore the ignition out of.now the theft light is on and wont start.can I change the steering column and the computer and get it to start without taking to dealer.

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Not exactly.
If you replace the key lock and the sensor is functioning, you should be able to start the van.
The computer and instrument panel are in sync, so if you replace either component they have to be reset by a Ford dealer. The sensor in the key lock sends a signal to the instrument cluster, and if the signal is right, the cluster sends the signal to the computer which then activates the necessary circuits to start the engine. The key code has to match the cluster and the computer.

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did you try rocking the wheel side to side while turning the key? will the key turn at all or just wont start the car? -jeff

Posted on Sep 02, 2008

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Refer to the owners manual for dis-arming procedure for the anti-theft, if you do not have the owners manual here is a link to Ford for a free PDF file of the owners manual.

http://www.motorcraftservice.com/pubs/content/~WOYWIN/~MUS~LEN/41/00winog1e.pdf

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it sounds like either the key is going bad (chip inside) or the PAT's immobilizer system is not detecting a key is inserted with the correct code. If you remove the column surround you will see connectors just make sure all of these are secure, watch the yellow one do not disconnect it as its the airbag and theres a chance of it deploying.
Also try your spare ignition key if you have one.

If all is ok i'm afraid you may need to make a trip to ford for them to diagnose, the pat's system works well almost too well sometimes. i deal alot with them while installing remote starts and when they go wrong its almost always the dealer to resolve it. They have the computer software to test the system.
Sorry,

Posted on Nov 28, 2008

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SOURCE: 2000 ford windstar anti theft light flashing vehicle won't start

This means that your key is not being recogonized.Ethier the chip in the key is bad or the patts transciever at the lock cylinder. Do you have a spare key? If not you will have to get 2 new keyss cut and programmed.

Posted on Feb 16, 2009

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