Question about Code-Alarm Code Alarm Transponder

Open Question

2002 Ford Windstar won't start. Theft light flashes. We don't have remote but do have 2 programmed keys. For the past 9 months the car wouldn't start early in the morning but would start between 9 and 10 am. Now the car won't start at all.

Posted by on

  • mrspy721 Sep 10, 2012

    I know what is wrong.

×

6 Suggested Answers

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

  • 625 Answers

SOURCE: anti-theft won't deactivate

does the luck and won't start come at same time?
actually there is not way to get rid of the antitheft but if you have two keys for htis car try using only one key some time copies just disprogram the system and if you can't do anything i will recomend you to call a mobile locksmith guy they have the machine to reprogram your key and it is so much shiper than towing it to dealer and pay their crazy prices

Posted on Jun 03, 2008

  • 373 Answers

SOURCE: 2005 ford taurus. Remote entry wont work theft light keeps blinking when key is engaged

HI, I'm reading your problem,
Let me explain something about your car.

2005 Ford Taurus, The key on that car has Chip inside of the key and receiver on the ignition switch,
Check if the key you are trying to use is Black and has a plastic head.
If not you need a key with that characteristics.
But if you have the right key, Remenber if you had drop on the floor, or hit with something,
Because some times they come damaged, with insignificat thins.
Remenber if you left the key close to a magnets like speakers.

If nothing aply at your case, you need to call a place Aloha Smith, they have the computer to program or reprogarm your key. IF not you can't start your car.

OK.. I hope this information work for you.

Thank's for submit yous question on fixya.com

Posted on Jul 10, 2008

lobsterman72
  • 91 Answers

SOURCE: 1996 ford explorer anti theft system

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.

Posted on Jul 10, 2008

chuck943
  • 783 Answers

SOURCE: 2000 ford windstar anti theft light flashing vehicle won't start

This means that your key is not being recogonized.Ethier the chip in the key is bad or the patts transciever at the lock cylinder. Do you have a spare key? If not you will have to get 2 new keyss cut and programmed.

Posted on Feb 16, 2009

  • 13 Answers

SOURCE: 2003 Ford Windstar won't start

does it have an autostart? if you have two keys (this will only work if you have two) turn the key to on in the ignition and wait till the theft light goes out do this for each key this may fix your problem.

Posted on May 11, 2009

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

2 Answers

Bought 02 ford ranger got home next morning won't start theft light flashing theft light. Read manual re programmed keys. Looks and un locked doors no start


You have two options , have it towed to the dealer or a moblie lock smith . Takes special tool's to see what is wrong .

Jan 26, 2017 | 2002 Ford Ranger

1 Answer

I cannot get the Pats system on a 1999 Ford Taurus to reset to learn a new remote fob. What could be the problem.


Ford Passive Anti-theft System (PATS) - KCSS ...

https://kcss-transportation-technology.wikispaces.com/share/.../61579706
The passive anti-theft system (PATS) uses radio frequency identification .... This hasreset instructions when you get to the point where she turns over but won't ... Took the truck to a Ford dealer and they recommended replacing the ... http://www.f150forum.com/f6/1999-f150-4-6-wont-start-anti-theft-light-flashing-129601/Missing: learn

Reference: - Ford Anti-Theft (PATS) ' FordForumsOnline.com

www.fordforumsonline.com > Ford Tech Forums > Sound & Security

Oct 26, 2010 - 16 posts - ‎3 authors
Ford SecuriLock Overview PATS is a vehicle security feature ... be noted that PATS is not your Remote Keyless Entry (Key Fob). ... The PATS Control Modules flashes the "Theft" lamp to show system ... keys are currently qualified for the 2000/1Taurus/Sable, 2001 Windstar, ..... 1999 Taurus DOHC 145,000.Missing: learn

Reprogramming procedure for Mercury, Ford and Lincoln ...

www.autorepairinstructions.com/?p=171

Jan 14, 2016 | Ford Cars & Trucks

2 Answers

My 2002 Ford Explorer won't start after a diagnostic test was performed. Mechanic is stating it's due to the anti-theft device system, but they have no idea how to fix it.


How is that possible,they should have a data
base, such as AllData or Mitchell, etc or
they can not work on any product & may as
well close their doors and go out of business

Your owners manual will explain the system as
far as using it

Any repair shop, should have 15 years experience
with an Explorer,there are a million out there

You need to move on to another shop,don't pay that
one anything

Jun 17, 2012 | 2002 Ford Explorer

2 Answers

Seek your advice for ford winstar model2002 lost the make duplicate key but not acepting please advice


Hi, I found this on a ford forum for you, procedure to program a new key to your car's anti theft system computer.:
Please rate this answer if helpful! Thanks, Mike
How to program a replacement PATS key patskey_small.jpg

Please keep in mind....
This and other how-to articles are provided for informational purposes only. Perform the procedures at your own risk. FordF150.net is not responsible for any damage that may occur as a result of performing procedures outlined in any article. Please be sure to read and understand the entire article before doing this.

These instructions will save you a lot of money. The dealer wants at least $50 just to do this simple procedure.....

To start off, I'll explain a bit about what a PATS key is, what it does, and why this might concern you.

PATS is an acronym that stands for Passive Anti-Theft System (Ford also calls this SecuriLock). It is also called a transponder key. It is a security feature found on most (if not all) new Ford products, and what it does is disable your vehicle's starter unless your specially programmed key is used to start the vehicle. There is a computer chip inside of the key, and without that you will NOT be able to start the vehicle -- even if you have a regular (non-PATS) key with the correct cuts, it will not work.

For convenience, I'm also including a list of other vehicles that these instructions apply:

Ford Contour '98-up
F-150 '98-up
Ford Crown Victoria '97-up
Ford Escort 99-up
Ford Excursion '00-up
Ford Expedition '98-up
Ford Explorer '98-up
Ford Focus '00-up
Ford Mustang '96-up
Ford Ranger '98-up
Ford Taurus '96-up

Ford Windstar '98-up
Lincoln Continental '98-up
Lincoln LS '00-up
Lincoln Mark VIII '98-up
Lincoln Navigator '98-up
Lincoln Town Car '98-up
Mercury Grand Marquis '97-up
Mercury Mountaineer '98-up
Mercury Mystique '98-up
Mercury Sable '96-up

NOTE: These instructions may apply to more or less vehicles than those listed above. I cannot confirm that these procedures work for every year and model listed. See your dealer if to confirm this.
On-Board Programming Method "B"

for Ford keys (1996 -early 1998 Ford, Lincoln, Mercury)
If you want to initiate a new master key....

1. Insert new key into ignition cylinder and turn it to the ON (RUN) position. The security light on the dash will flash for fifteen minutes.

2. When the security light stops flashing, you have FIVE minutes to start the next step. Turn the ignition cylinder OFF and then back to the ON (RUN) position. The security light on the dash will flash for fifteen more minutes.

3. When the security light stops flashing, you have FIVE minutes to start the next step. Turn the ignition cylinder to OFF and then back ON (RUN) position. The dash will flash for fifteen more minutes.

4. After the security light stops flashing the third time, the new key has been programmed into the vehicles computer and will operate the car. It has replaced ALL the previous electronic key codes and is the ONLY key programmed into the vehicles computer.
If you want to add a key....

1. Insert an existing key into the ignition cylinder.

2. Turn the ignition cylinder to ON (RUN) and back to OFF.

3. Remove the existing key and, within 15 seconds, insert the new key and turn it to ON (RUN).

4. The security light will light up for two seconds to indicate success in programming the key into the vehicle.

5. Don't attempt to start the vehicle with any key for at least 1 minute.

Please rate this answer if it is helpful! Thanks, Mike

Jun 14, 2011 | 1999 Ford Windstar

1 Answer

HAVE A PRESTIGE APS686T REMOTE START ON A2003 FORD FOCUS.HAD 2 NEW KEYS PROGRAMMED. THE REMOTE START FLASHES MY THEFT LIGHT AND WILL NOT START. HOW DO I PROGRAMM THE PRESTIGE TO MY KEYS.


When you had the new keys programmed, the bypass was erased. More than likely, it was a key. Try this: put the first of the two new keys into the ignition, turn the ignition on. The theft light will light up, then go off. Immediately remove the key and put the second key into the ignition. Turn the ignition on, the theft light will come. When the theft goes out remote start the vehicle with the remote, quickly remove the key from the ignition. If the vehicle starts let it run for a few seconds and then shut the remote starter down with the brake. Wait a few seconds before testing the system.
If the above programming does not work the first time, try it again. It may take a few attempts because the process is time sensitive. You CANNOT allow too much time to pass between switching the keys.

Jun 01, 2011 | Prestige APS686T Remote Start and Keyless...

2 Answers

It won,t start . Theft light is flashing.


GONNA HAVE TO TAKE IT TO THE DEALER, SORRY

Apr 13, 2011 | 2002 Ford Taurus

2 Answers

I have a99 mercury mountier with anti theft problems some times it won't start with out resting the system through the door lock click 3 times what's up?


are you using a copy of the original key

you need to use the original key for the car

Antitheft and Alarm Systems: Description and Operation
ANTI-THEFT
The passive anti-theft system (PATS) uses radio frequency identification technology
to deter a driveaway theft. Passive means that it does not require any activity from
the user.
The PATS uses a specially encoded ignition key. Each encoded ignition key contains a
permanently installed electronic device called a transponder. Each transponder
contains a unique electronic identification code, with over 72 million billion
combinations.
Each encoded ignition key must be programmed into the vehicle powertrain control
module (PCM) before it can be used to start the engine. There are special diagnostic
procedures that must be carried out if new encoded ignition keys are to be
configured.
The encoded key is larger than a traditional ignition key. The key does not require
batteries and should last the life of the vehicle.
The transceiver module communicates with the encoded ignition key. This module is
located behind the steering column shroud and contains an antenna connected to a
small electronic module. During each vehicle start sequence, the transceiver module
reads the encoded ignition key identification code and sends the data to the PCM.
The control functions are contained in the PCM. This module carries out all of the
PATS functions such as receiving the identification code from the encoded ignition
key and controlling engine enable. The PCM initiates the key interrogation sequence
when the vehicle ignition switch is turned to ON or START.
The PATS function uses the PCM to enable or disable the engine. All elements of PATS
must be functional before the engine is allowed to start. If any of the components
are not working correctly, the vehicle will not start.
PATS uses a visual theft indicator located on top of the instrument panel. This
indicator will prove out for three seconds when the ignition switch is turned to ON
or START under normal operation. If there is a PATS problem, this indicator will
either flash rapidly or glow steadily (for more than three seconds) when the ignition
switch is turned to ON or START. PATS also "flashes" the theft indicator every two
seconds at ignition OFF to act as a visual theft deterrent.
The PATS is not compatible with aftermarket remote start systems, which allow the
vehicle to be started from outside the vehicle. These systems may reduce the vehicle
security level, and also may cause no-start issues. Remote start systems must be
removed before investigation of PATS-related no-start issues.

The PATs key is used on the following Ford family trucks and suvs:

FORD: 1996-2001 MUSTANG, TAURUS
1998-2000 CONTOUR
1998-2001 CROWN VICTORIA
2000-2001 FOCUS
2002 THUNDERBIRD
1997-2001 EXPEDITION
1998-2002 EXPLORER
1999 F-250 LD
1999-2001 F-150, RANGER, WINDSTAR
2000-2001 EXCURSION
2001 ESCAPE
LINCOLN: 1997-1998 MARK VIII
1998-2001 CONTINENTAL, TOWN CAR
2000-2001 LS
1998-2001 NAVIGATOR
2002 BLACKWOOD
MERCURY: 1996-2001 SABLE
1998-2000 MYSTIQUE
1998-2001 GRAND MARQUIS
1999-2001 COUGAR
1998-2002 MOUNTAINEER

Additionally, PATs can be found on the follow Ford family cars and mini-vans:

1998-up Contour
1997-up Crown Victoria
1999-up Escort
2000-up Focus
1996-up Mustang and Taurus
1998-up Windstar
1998-up 2000-up Lincoln LS
1998-up Lincoln Mark VIII, Lincoln Continental and Lincoln Town Car
1997-up Mercury Grand Marquis
1998-up Mercury Mystique
1996-up Mercury Sable

Following are the instructions for programming a blank key (you must have at least one working key for this procedure).

The PAT

1. Make sure you have both keys.
2. Turn on car but don't start. Watch "theft" indicator untils it goes out.
3. Turn off and repeat procedure with second key.
4. After "theft light goes out, insert new key and turn on.
5. Wait until the theft indicator goes off and then turn off switch.
6. Wait thirty seconds. New key is now programmed into security module. Repeat for any other keys.


1. Erase any old codes by entering the factory code.(buttons will light up)
2. Press 1/2 button within 5 seconds.
3. Press 7/8 and 9/0 buttons at the same time within 5 seconds.

To set new code:

1. Enter factory code (numbers will light up)
2. Press 1/2 button within 5 seconds.
3. Enter personal 5 digit code(decide beforehand) within 5 seconds of each previous one.
To unlock all the doors,press the 3/4 button within 5 seconds of the driver door unlocking.
To lock all doors and set alarm system,press 7/8 and 9/0 at the same time.
To disarm or reset a triggered alarm,just enter personal or factory code.

Do not set a code with five of the same consecutive numbers. It's too easy for thieves to figure out.

Deactivating and Activating Autolock

To deactivate the "autolock":
With all doors and tailgate closed but NOT locked,and ignition OFF.
1. Enter 5 digit code
2. While holding 7/8 button in, press and release the 3/4 button.
3. Release 7/8 button
The horn will chirp once if the "autolock" was deactivated
or two times if "autolock" was activated.

To reactivate the system,repeat steps 1 thru 3

Alternate Method To Deactivate And Activate Autolock

Do steps [1] through [5] (below) within 30 seconds or you'll have to do it over. If you have to do it over, wait 30 seconds between attempts.
Close all doors securely.

1.Turn the ignition key to ON.

2.Press the power door UNLOCK control THREE times.

3.Turn the ignition key from ON to OFF.

4.Press the power door UNLOCK control THREE times.

5.Turn the ignition key back to ON .The doors should lock and unlock.

6.Press the power door UNLOCK control. The horn should chirp ONCE to confirm successful switching of the autolock system

Troubleshooting:

The engine does not start and LED remains off.
1. Check PATS system fuses
2. If alarm is fitted check if LED functions for alarm: if not check cigar lighter fuse (also used for LED)
3. If not go to main dealer

Engine does not start: LED flashes rapidly Leave ignition on until the LED starts to flash a 2 digit code: (sequence- pause-sequence)
Check the following codes:
Code flashes:
1:3 Key code not received. Is key screened by other keys or objects? Try different key: if okay then first key is faulty. If not go to main dealer
1:4 Partial code only received. Try again. If not okay use different key. If not go to main dealer
1:5 Key not programmed into PATS. Program key as above using master
1:6 Faulty link between PATS module and EECV Go to dealer .

Dec 05, 2010 | 1997 Mercury Mountaineer

1 Answer

2000 ford windstar anti theft light flashing vehicle won't start


This means that your key is not being recogonized.Ethier the chip in the key is bad or the patts transciever at the lock cylinder. Do you have a spare key? If not you will have to get 2 new keyss cut and programmed.

Feb 15, 2009 | 2000 Ford Windstar

1 Answer

On start flashing theft light on 02 windstar


I just had this same thing happen with my Ford Taurus, and it turned out to be a bad key. The repair shop switched back and forth between two different keys we had with us 10 or 12 times, and it always started with the good key, never with the "bad" key. They said if the theft light is flashing quickly, that means the anti-theft system is engaging. If the anti-theft light just lights up, that is normal.

Jul 28, 2008 | 2004 Ford Taurus

Not finding what you are looking for?
Code-Alarm Code Alarm  Transponder Logo

Related Topics:

505 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Ford Vehicle Parts & Accessories Experts

xxxxxx xxx

Level 3 Expert

4844 Answers

Thomas Perkins
Thomas Perkins

Level 3 Expert

14333 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22114 Answers

Are you a Ford Vehicle Part and Accessory Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...