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Started fine-running well until it was cut off for a short period then when started it up it would not start until several attempts-then riding down road it cut off but then started up after stopping

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I have a similar problem in my truck, same make and model. I took it to a mechanic and he told me that the Theft Deterrent Module needs to be reprogrammed by the Ford dealer. I think he said it was part of the Body Control Module - GEM.
I'm going to see what that costs today and if the price is unreasonable I'm going to see if connecting the positive and negative terminals together for 20-30 minutes will fix the problem. It might fix it, it might total it, it might do nothing; I'll post back what happens. If anybody thinks this is a bad idea, please speak up, I'm totally open to suggestions.

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    Dealer said that without looking at the truck and knowing what the exact problem was the cost could be somewhere between $300 - $600. The KBB puts my truck at about $3k so I can't justify the risk of really screwing up the GEM and other components with the "terminal trick".

    One can certainly question the morality of requiring customers to come to them to fix and replace parts that WILL eventually break down and then forcing them to pay exorbitant rates. This just might be enough to make me look exclusively at Mazda or Toyota.

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