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When i changed ignition on '01 ford explorer I had to replace steering column&it wont turn over&the theft light flashes&wont stop.The locksmith said antenna dont match Can i reprogram so it'll start?

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The theft light flashes when the is off If it is flashing when the key is on I would think you don't have power in the correct position in the ignition.Check fuses and wiring.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015

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