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1996 ford explorer anti theft system

The truck turnes over but never starts and the anti theft light keeps flashing on and off.sometimes if you un hook the battary and waite 10 minutes and hook it back up it will start . and sometimes you shift the gear shift up and down real hard it will start know nether things are working tell me what to do. I have almost the same problem. I just bought the truck and i can"t get it started. It will crank forever,but it won"t start. the theft light constantly flashes. Could it be the chip in the smart key? both the fuel and electrical systems are working properly

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  • Anonymous Dec 10, 2008

    Same Problem, 1998 Ford Explorer: Cranks, good fuel, good spark, just wouldn't start and Theft Light Flashes constantly

  • bruno_rhodin Dec 13, 2008

    HI i have a 96 but the fuel pump dont get any electricity so ido not get any fuel to the engine and i have a alarm box to turn it on and off what shuld i do.!!

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    the idoit lights come on then most of them go off if i turn the key to the on position but the engine won't crank and the theft light flashes after a while it flashes once then 5 times and does this repaetidly

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    Truck wont start cause theft light keeps blinking

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Yes I agree it's the 'smart key'. Normally when you buy an explorer new, you will get 3 keys. 1 of the keys is a valet key.
If you were to copy another key that has a smart chip (transponder) in it, the new key won't work until you 'program' the third (new) key. To program it you need the original 2 keys that work.
The only other thing could be that there was a remote start in the vehicle and there could be something wrong with the module that bypasses the transponder. If there is a remote start in the vehicle you might be lucky to some extent if it still works.
If you move the shifter hard and it worked before, like you said, there could also be damage to the wires that goto the key cylinder, the reciever for the transponder in the key. Try having someone hold the key in start and use the tilt wheel, that too will tell you theres damaged wires if it starts.
Unfortunately you probably will have to bring the vehicle to a ford dealer to get additional keys programmed or the damaged part replaced.
It shouldn't cost too, too much. Just be glad you don't have a Saab, replacement key's are $145 Ea!
If your inclined, you can dissassemble the plastic shroud around the steering column and look for damaged wires coming from the black ring around the key down the the connector under the dash.

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What you need to do it un lock you doors from the in side. so push lock and then un lock from the in side. Then you should have no problems.

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