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How do I reset the ProLock system?

Replaced fuses & prolock locked up my car.

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  • mrvanwinkles Apr 17, 2015

    And if your Taurus is really a much newer one, and the security system has totally deactivated the vehicle - not sure. May have to call FORD dealership and ask. Ford might be able to reactivate the vehicle remotely by communicating with it.



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Not sure what you mean exactly. Is this really about a 1995 (?) Taurus? My 2000 Taurus had a feature which automatically locked all the doors - after a short time delay - as a personal security feature - with the key in the ignition, engine running, in drive - like 30 sec or so after driving down the road - and you are inside the vehicle - CLUNK ! all the doors would "auto lock" . But this started to become a bit of a nuisance. Vehicle would keep locking the doors, and then I would have to keep unlocking them, to let the passenger back in - and I did not like that "auto lock" feature - it was unnerving / annoying / bit of a nuisance actually.
So - I asked someone - they said there was a way to de-activate it - I don't remember exactly how I deactivated it on my car right now - but with a simple procedure that you yourself can do. Something like switching the key from OFF to RUN a number of times quickly - I forget exactly. BUT IT WAS IN THE CAR MANUAL. TRY TO READ IN THE CAR MANUAL WHAT THE EXACT PROCEDURE MIGHT BE ON YOUR MAKE AND YEAR OF VEHICLE - TO DEACTIVATE THE AUTOLOCK SECURITY FEATURE. OR GIVE A QUICK CALL TO A DEALERSHIP - MIGHT BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU A TIP. Maybe someone else here can remember the exact procedure on a 1995 (?) Ford Taurus - and let you know here.

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Hi Carol , do you mean PATS passive antitheft system ? Locked up your car ,do you mean it won't crank over an start ?
The passive anti-theft system uses radio frequency identification technology to deter a driveaway theft. Passive means that it does not require any activity from the user.

  • During each vehicle start sequence, the ignition key identification code is requested by the vehicle protection anti-theft electronics.
  • If the key's ID code has been programmed into the system, the powertrain control module (PCM) (12A650) is signaled to enable the vehicle to start.
  • If the key's ID code is not programmed into the system, or if no encoded key is detected, then the powertrain control module is signaled to disable the vehicle.
The passive anti-theft system communicates the state of the security system to the powertrain control module via the J-1850 communications network data link connector (DLC). The powertrain control modulebased on the communications from the passive anti-theft system, will determine if the vehicle's engine is enabled to start. The passive anti-theft system differs from the active anti-theft alarm system in that the passive anti-theft system enables/disables the vehicle from starting and only operates with the ignition switch in RUN/START position. The active anti-theft alarm system has perimeter protection capabilities and operates only with the ignition switch OFF. Refer to Section 13-11A for active anti-theft alarm system information.
Vehicle Disabling The passive anti-theft system will be activated and disable the vehicle from starting if any of the following conditions exist:
  • damaged encoded key
  • unprogrammed key
  • non-encoded key (key has no electronics)
  • wiring concern
  • transceiver concern
  • Passive Anti-Theft System (PATS) control module concern
  • J-1850 Communications Network concern
  • Powertrain Control Module (PCM)

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