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What can i do to get my 2001 F150 XLT 4.6l TO START. THE anti-theft light keeps flashing and wont allow thwe truck to start.

Had a blow out on passenger side and anti-theft light came on and now my p\u wont start, cranks but willl not start

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Best to check out Web photos for the Inertia switch which has a reset button on it. This safety device is suppose to cut power to your fuel pump when the truck is bumped in an accident. It is a no cost fix. The part is usually around the floor kickpanels.

Posted on Nov 08, 2014

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SOURCE: 1996 ford explorer anti theft system

Yes I agree it's the 'smart key'. Normally when you buy an explorer new, you will get 3 keys. 1 of the keys is a valet key.
If you were to copy another key that has a smart chip (transponder) in it, the new key won't work until you 'program' the third (new) key. To program it you need the original 2 keys that work.
The only other thing could be that there was a remote start in the vehicle and there could be something wrong with the module that bypasses the transponder. If there is a remote start in the vehicle you might be lucky to some extent if it still works.
If you move the shifter hard and it worked before, like you said, there could also be damage to the wires that goto the key cylinder, the reciever for the transponder in the key. Try having someone hold the key in start and use the tilt wheel, that too will tell you theres damaged wires if it starts.
Unfortunately you probably will have to bring the vehicle to a ford dealer to get additional keys programmed or the damaged part replaced.
It shouldn't cost too, too much. Just be glad you don't have a Saab, replacement key's are $145 Ea!
If your inclined, you can dissassemble the plastic shroud around the steering column and look for damaged wires coming from the black ring around the key down the the connector under the dash.

Posted on Jul 10, 2008

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SOURCE: 1996 ford explorer anti theft system

What you need to do it un lock you doors from the in side. so push lock and then un lock from the in side. Then you should have no problems.

Posted on Nov 29, 2008

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SOURCE: 2001 ford taurus wont start and anti-theft light is blinking

Either you may be using a key that you had copied from the original or your chip went bad in your original key. Most of cars now a days have the key censor in the key so if it is the incorrect key it will not start your car or if it does not read that chip it will not start

Posted on Feb 05, 2009

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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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SOURCE: Truck won't start something to do with Anti-Theft tried removing positive cqble to reset alarm nothing, possible wire off Anti Theft Unit Truck drove fine parked for one hour and went to leave, the en

not positive but look in owner manual for a fuel pump reset button i had this problem at one time and that fixed it it is usualy under the dash area somewhere on the drivers side or in a kick panel (decorative cover on the side firewalls inside the cab)....good luck i hope this helps!

Posted on May 15, 2009

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