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Hello, Have a 04 explorer 6 cyl. I have 2 keys but it wont start with either, the security light is blinking fast. The gas pump is working but it will not turn over the engin, starter doesn't engage. I used a trouble scaner on it and it say code erased take to dealer. Can anyone tell me what might be wrong? Thanks, Tim

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Your going to need a professional scanner to look at the PATS System and whatever else may be happening,along with a trouble chart or shop manual

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