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In an attempt to steal my car an individual broke the ignition switch. Result, though I was able to jerry-rig exposed wires to start and move car, when the battery lost its charge, the alarm came on. Now, I can not engage starter.Alarm light flashes; cannot get beyond that stage to start!

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This is normally the alarm switch which is attached to the key barrel on the door. You will have to remove the door trim to get at it.
When the alarm is activated, there is an Anti-Theft device (Starter Kill Relay) which prevents anyone from starting the engine using the key (about 5 minutes). If you place the key in the ignition and turn the key to the "RUN" position, wait 5 minutes (approx), the engine should then be able to start. If not, the problem may be the ETACS (Electronic Time & Alarm Control System) module. If it does start, the problem may simply be that the battery in the keyless remote is weak/dead, or the remote needs to be programmed again for that vehicle. Only the remote can 'DEACTIVATE' the alarm. in that case the Best solution, take/tow the vehicle into a ford Service Center (dealership), pay the diagnostic fee. They will tell you EXACTLY what the problem is and what's needed to fix it (parts, labor, tax, time-frame, etc.). even if u manage to start ur car... i wud recommend this since u stated the car was tried on to be stolen... its always good to ensure no more damages are done to ur car coz of that unfortunate event.....
before taking ur car to the dealer ... try this one last thing....
Pull the battery cables, hold them together for 3-5 minutes, this resets the cpu in the car. That should fix it.
jumping the batteries or disconnecting the batteries most of the times rectifies the issue.....
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have a nice day and good luck

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