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Anti-Theft I drove my 1997 Ford Exibition around the block it started fine and turned of ok. But now i went to start it and drive it the Anti-Theft light is on and flashing and my truck wont stay going, the RPMs wont go past 3000. How do I re-set it. Is it a fuze or battery

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Do your locks work on the SUV? Somethings the locks can set the anti theft off. But if your locks work then that means your the chip in the key is bad or its not reading the key at all. More than likely you will have to get a new key and have it reprogrammed. Dealer is the only place to get the key.

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