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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Fords have a chip in the keys and a reader in the ignitions switch, when you insert the key and the theft light stays on solid then the key has passed. If the light flashes quickly then the key didn't pass the check and the vechicle will not start. This can some times be a key problem and some times a reader problem . But the keys can only be programed with a computer in this situation. The dealer or most lock smiths have these computers.
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Posted on Mar 11, 2009
I'm assuming its an original alarm or system that came from factory or dealer. When the light blinks is because the alarm is activated. Look underneath the radio the alarm brain might be there. There will be a label on it saying alarm or security system etc. Disconnect the harness to it and try operating your vehicle.
Posted on May 06, 2009
V6 ? 4CYL? Have you verified SPARK? Did anyone check the "fuel pump inertia switch?" Its in the right front kick panel. If it was a "Anti-theft Issue" the light would be on or flashing.
Posted on Nov 03, 2009
The theft light blinking indicates a PATS (perimeter anti-theft concern.It means that the computer has not recieved a signal from your key when trying to start the vehicle. A few things could be wrong.
1...The key you are using to start the vehicle is not programmed to the vehicle or broken internally. So try a different key(one that you know is programmed to the vehicle) if you have more than 1. If the theft light goes on and flashes when you try to start the vehicle, you must wait about 5 minutes before trying the second key because the computer goes into antiscan or theft mode and wont let any keys start the vehicle.
2... There is a small transciever ring located arount the key cylinder which recieves the key signal. The wiring for the tranciever runs down the steering column into the dashboard wiring. Sometimes these wires break. If you have a tilt steering wheel, move it all the way down and try to start, then try moving it all the way up and try to start. Keep in mind the antiscan that I mentioned in #1. If this works then you need to check the wiring at the base of the steering column. A white connector with 4 wires. Pull on each wire to see if any are broken.
3... Check fuse #30 on interior fuse panel. If it is blown then you will have to trace down the cause of the short. The ignition coils are on this fuse also so one could be shorted. Disconnect all ignition coils(you may have 8 located on each plug if 5.4l engine or 2 located on l+r front of engine if 4.6l engine) and see if the short is gone. If the short is still present disconnect the radio noise supression capacitors( small black box approx 1" x 1" square with a single wire coming out) that are located on the left and right front of the engine. Pay close attention to all the wiring around the coils, look for any areas that may have rubbed thru and shorted.
These are things that I would look for first and are the most likely causes. This should get you started in the right direction. Be patient and post your findings if you fix it or not.
Posted on Apr 10, 2010
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