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try another key, if you install another key with ignition in the on position for 3 seconds warning light off, then turn off ignition switch, then start engine.if engine still dont start and the pats warning light keep flashing and dont turn off in 3 seconds.you need have vechicle pats system scan at dealership, you need diagnostic equipment to trouble shoot the PATS SYSTEMS.many things will cause you problems like fault to ecm to the immobilizer control module,could have worn transponder on key or faulty read coil in the ignition switch lock cylinder.
Go to the dealer and for I think $60 they will make a new key, trying to remove the cylinder without the key just tears things up and never works right after that, you will need the VIN code, a lock smith is around $150 - $300
Before going to get it fixed. Spray some WD-40 into the ignition cylinder where you put the key in and let it soak. The lock tumblers may just be stuck and need lubrication. If thet fails then call a ford dealer and ask how much for a coded (this means the key will match your existing key and also open your doors) and an uncoded ignition cylinder ( key will turn the ignition but you will need your old keys to open the doors) The Ford keys were designed where one half of the key operated the locks and the other half operated the ignition. If you buy a new ignition key and cylinder it will only be half cut to operate just the ignition. The cost of all this differs dealer to dealer, and don't forget that there are locksmiths in you yellow pages that will do this also
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If the key minder dings when the key is out, try wiggling the switch to see if it is loose and the sounder comes and goes. If so, replace the ignition switch, there was a problem with these on Fords for years. Some of them got to the point where you could turn the switch without the key in it.
Let me suggest that you try any other key that you have for that car if you have one, sometimes a key can be bent or twisted & no longer work properly. Secondly, you could just have the steering wheel "pinched" into a tight position so you need to turn it left or right to relieve the pressure while you are attempting to turn the key.(it's just a 1/2 inch of movement or so that you're looking to move it while it is locked) If this fails to release the ignition switch & allow you to turn the key on, then there is something either wrong with the ignition cylinder or the ignition switch. good luck
you dont have to remove the steering wheel on a most Ford car and trucks you insert the key turn to the on position and there is a small pin under the ignition switch that you push and it comes right out.you have to remove the steering wheel cover above and below the ignition switch.
first of all is the key chipped.if so there is a small round coil around the ignition which reads the code off the chip in the key.replace this reader coil and see will it start.the alarm if u open the bonnet will the alarm stop buzzing if it does dissconnect the bonnet switch on the slam panel above one of the headlights.