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My 99 windstar cranks but won't start. The theft light blinks a code 16. Help Please!!

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Try using spare key. the chip in key could be de magnetized

Posted on Nov 22, 2013

Testimonial: "Hi John, Unfortunately I already tried that and it didn't work. Code 16 states that there is "No Data between Modules. Check wiring and connectors between ECU and PATS Module." My question would be does my 1999 Ford Windstar have a Separate PATS Module or is it incorperated in the PCM? And if so where can I locate the PATS Module? I was also suspecting possibly a bad PCM power relay if the latter is true. Any Thoughts?"

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SOURCE: 2000 Windstar rebuilt engine won't crank theft light comes on

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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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.

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SOURCE: 2000 windstar anti theft system

un hook battery and wait about an hour or so and use factory key if wont fix dealer has to reset.

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The theft light keeps blinking on and of indicating pcm 16. the car wont start until the light stops blinking though it only cranks. do you know how too reset it with the original factory key?


The PATS - passive anti-theft system light does not flash codes . Your best bet is to have your vehicle towed to a qualified repair shop or have a lock smith come fix it . You don't have the knowledge or tools to fix this problem,
The factory Passive Anti Theft System (PATS) has been activated.If the light is blinking fast, it means that the key is no longer recognized. If you have another key try that one. If not, you will have to call a locksmith or have it towed to a Ford dealer. Worst case you will need a new key. Make sure you get a spare.
The first thing to do, in just about all cases on a modern vehicle, is to scan the computers. they have lots of software that is designed to help you figure out what the problem is and there are literally thousands of trouble codes that trigger when some part of a system is failing. the people at auto zone are not trained technicians. it is like asking a clerk at a **** store to treat an illness. take your Ford or tow it to a sharp shop that knows how to do electronic/computer/anti-theft diagnosis, or you will just be wasting your time and money Good Luck!

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