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Re: help1/9/2017Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: I don't know if you can help me or not, and I will explain the situation as best as I can. I had a ...
  A: Yes, you are in a situation all too common in America. Trust me when I say that you are not alone, ...
Box Truck Security System12/1/2016Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: I have just purchased a new 2015 GMC Savannah box truck. It has a rear roll up door, and a small ...
  A: You didn't state what type of work you do and how often you will use the mandoor in conjunction with ...
Truck stolen11/28/2016Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: Mr. Painter, I have a 2015 GMC Sierra. It has a transponder key and factory remote key fob. I ...
  A: See, this is the problem, so many people think they are secure with this factory junk referred to by ...
steering column cts cadillac 0311/20/2016Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: what do I have to do after replacing column cause nothing happened when I tried to start it
  A: You did not say as to why you had to change the steering column. I assume you installed a junk yard ...
're: Factory anti theft on 2001 Deville10/28/2016Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: I bought this car used in 2003 from a Cadillac dealer. This car came with a factory installed device ...
  A: It sounds like what you have is not a factory installed device, but a dealer installed device. Years ...
2004 Silverado pass lock8/18/2016Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: Replaced steering column now truck won't start. Can u help me
  A: Yes, I can help and it costs you nothing to fix. There are 10 different codes built into the ...
www.allexperts.com say:7/21/2016Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: I have a 97 expedition I lost my key finally got the old cylinder lock out and the new in but it ...
  A: What makes you think the engine will start with ).chpped key? You say you finally removed the ...
're:2009 stolen suburban7/4/2016Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: I have a 2009 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ that was stolen. The insurance company has demanded a lot from ...
  A: There are a lot of issues in questions here, but what you are going through is quite common. I want ...
ignition switch4/27/2016Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: I have a 1997 Oldsmobile Achieva SL and am having a problem with the ignition switch. The car will ...
  A: The absolute first thing I would check is make darn sure the vehicle is in park. When these vehicles ...
Triggers alarm4/11/2016Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: I drive a 2008 Elantra and a few times I have set off my alarm that before then didn't know my car ...
  A: The reason that opening the door from the inside triggers the alarm is because the dome light comes ...
1998 ford explorer sport anti theft no start4/1/2016Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: I've had this truck for just a few months. I have a "no tilt" steering wheel. Since day one, the ...
  A: For some reason, I just got the question and it came in as if I had not sent my answer. The most ...
Ignition3/16/2016Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: I am looking into the theft/fire of a 2014 Nissan Sentra. Is this a vehicle that has an ignition ...
  A: There are many things that have to be ruled out and you tell me it is burned. You did not state the ...
2005 Ford Escape random alarms2/16/2016Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: I hope you can help with this issue! 2005 Ford Escape randomly the alarm goes off. All hours of the ...
  A: You said I didn't answer your question because no one can without you responding to me to determine ...
urgent. help2/2/2016Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: am i missing anything thanks and godbless ;)
  A: I was just following up to see i you had any luck contacting a locksmith to help you with your ...
2002 Ford Ranger Lost Only Key How Can I Hotwire It1/31/2016Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: I have a 2002 Ford Ranger I lost my only key it has the antitheft system in it. I need to know ...
  A: Hot wiring the old Pats was not designed for someone that lost keys. It was designed to prove Ford ...
2000 dodge stratus anti-theift system1/27/2016Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: My husband bought this car from an older couple that just didnt want to deal with it anymore. The ...
  A: Just so you are aware, a 2000 Stratus did not come with the SKIM (Factory chipped key) standard. In ...
car wont start12/16/2015Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: I have a 2003 Pt was running change the map sensor the crankshaft sensor because the car was cutting ...
  A: Well, if you have power going to the starter and nothing is happening, the most common reason is ...
95 mustang gts wont crank12/5/2015Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: i have a 95 mustang that wont crank but wiill run if you pop the clutch, What is my problem, ...
  A: Without being at the vehicle, it is hard to say. I can give you some idea as to what to check. You ...
honda pilot factory stereo & factory alarm11/4/2015Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: might you have any information about car security systems as they relate to the car stereo? more ...
  A: I wasn't saying anything to disparage engineers, it just I have successfully opposed them in court ...
Immobilaizer10/18/2015Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: I have dodge ram 1500. 1996.year.have this car had a immobilaizer.
  A: It would have been better if you would have told me the problem you are having to ask if the truck ...
1999 durango9/27/2015Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: bought 99 durango last year. no transponder key or fob, just an ignition key is all i recieved. hit ...
  A: The very first thing blamed for vehicles that don't start is the vehicle security by most. This is ...
not starting9/25/2015Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: I have an 01 Dodge Durango. My car wouldn't start, so I had an fuel pump, and a computer box ...
  A: You need to start at the beginning. Why did you replace the fuel pump and then the computer? What ...
my car will not start the anti theft is blinking9/20/2015Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: So I have been driving my car with no issue for forever last night I go to the store turn the car ...
  A: Your question is somewhat difficult to understand. You told me it is a Mazda, but you did not state ...
No start8/27/2015Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: 93 lincoln mark viii. Just randomly didn't start..everything worked.... waited a few turned it over ...
  A: You are describing a symptom that can have many different causes and to accurately diagnose on the ...
Conlog imobilizer.8/19/2015Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: I bought a used Toyota Carina E 1996 model with a conlog security system, do not understand how it ...
  A: Conlog was very popular in the 90s, and I don't even know if they are on business anymore. Trying to ...
2000 expedition pats8/13/2015Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: My son has a 2000 Ford expedition that he only had 1 key to and he lost it. He has another ...
  A: No, will not work. The bypass was meant for a court case that proved that Ford lied and the system ...
Chrysler Alarm8/1/2015Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: I have a 2001 Chrysler Sebring and wondering why the alarm goes off every time one of the doors gets ...
  A: Many people that have alarm issues and believe they are factory installed. From my 30 years of ...
2004 Chevy venture remote unlock7/16/2015Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: I hope this is in your area of expertise. I bought a used 2004 Chevy Venture Base Cargo model with ...
  A: Yes you are in luck and you came to the right guy. There are various places on the web to find ...
Chevy Venture6/14/2015Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: About a. cpl wks ago i was driving and low coolant light popped on and then after tbere was this ...
  A: Not sure what you mean by noise that sounded like the engine was running hot. I am familiar with no ...
2000 mercury sable6/5/2015Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: So my car was running fine. I parked it. Turned it off. Popped the trunk. Shut the trunk. My ...
  A: You will not "Reset" your way out of this. I don't even know what we are dealing with here. This has ...
1998 jeep grand cherokee reset alarm5/22/2015Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: I towed my jeep and now it thinks its been stolen every so often the car alarm goes off. Is there a ...
  A: The first thing to determine if it you are dealing with the optional factory installed alarm or an ...
anti theft system not working right5/19/2015Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: My 2005 dodge Durango key fob doesn't want to reset correctly. We have tried everything to get the ...
  A: In most cases, the key fob was not for the optional factory alarm and was meant merely for conveince ...
1999 ford explorer5/13/2015Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: how to reset code with new steetering cloum
  A: Let's be specific here. It is not a new steering column, but a junk yard column. First, I ask why ...
lost original key4/2/2015Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: Hi there I need help I have little knowledge on pats system I have a 1998 ford expedition my kids ...
  A: The bypass was never meant for people that lost all their keys. The bypass was formulated by me to ...
pats3/31/2015Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: I lost all the keys to my 2003 ford expedition how do I bypass the pats system so I things start my ...
  A: The bypass was never meant for people that lost all their keys. The bypass was formulated by me to ...
1999 chevy suburban security light flashing on and off3/29/2015INSTALLSUPPORT
  Q: 1999 chevy suburban security light flashing on and off.vehicle wont start have to put in start to ...
  A: It's most likely your truck is experiencing a PASSLOCK 2, fuel rail inhibitor failure. Very common ...
Is all anti theft useless?3/27/2015Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: I have read most of your answers pertinent to my subject. I have Silverado 2015 35000 diesel HC. ...
  A: Factory installed anti theft devices are worthless, but if the vehicle is stolen, your insurance ...
Ignition Key lock3/16/2015Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: I have a 1997 Lincoln Mark VIII that the Ignition Key lock cylinder is damaged to the extent that it ...
  A: Jerry, thanks for the positive feedback. Not my first rodeo--lol Rebuilt steering columns and locks ...
1998 ford explore sport3/10/2015Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: my daughter is in haiti. she has a 1998 ford explorer sport. she had a key fob that she used to stop ...
  A: Factory alarms were a $600 option and extremely rare. In most cases people think the fob is for an ...
passlock anti theft deterrent2/18/2015Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
  Q: I have a ,97 Pontiac sunfire gt 2.4l. I bought used..my son broke the ignition switch, I needing my ...
  A: You have the passlock ineffective anti theft system. It has no chip in the ignition key. That isn't ...

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My background in auto theft is extensive. I have been directly involved in the repair of over 10,000 theft recovered vehicles. I also do insurance investigation as to how a vehicle was last operated. My clients are insurance companies and attorneys. Was featured in the A & E auto theft documentary "Stealing Wheels" July 26, 2000. Has consulted with Daimler Chrysler steering column engineers to make their steering columns harder to defeat. Holds patent # 6,039,140 for 8 different variations to protect air bags from theft.

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ROB PAINTER, ASE, CFL, CFEI Forensic Vehicle Component Analyst Diplomate, Board Certified Forensic Examiner ASE Certified Auto, Collision, Med/Hvy/Duty Truck Technician Certified Forensic Locksmith Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator Certified Forensic Auto Theft Examiner Certified Auto Theft and Fraud Expert http://www.autotheftexpert.com Email-rpainter@wi.rr.com P.O. Box 190 Big Bend, WI 53103 Phone (414) 698-9696 Fax (262) 662-1352 As per federal court rules of evidence (702) (Daubert) my testimony has qualified me as: Auto Theft and Fraud Expert Forensic Vehicle Analyst Fire Origin and Cause Expert In the trial transcript of Holiday vs Progressive Insurance Company (March 12, 2002?Eugene, Oregon) with Holiday being my client-named ?the expert for experts.? BUSINESS EXPERIENCE Founder of the ?Forensic Institute of Auto Theft Analysis? (January 2002). This is the training school that will set the standards in determining the last operation of a reported stolen vehicle-burned or unburned. Much of my testing and procedures have been accepted as the guide for the forensic community. 1986 opened Auto Recovery Specialists Inc., providing exclusive repair of theft recovered and vandalized vehicles. The initial concept of the business was to return vehicles to their original shape before the theft, vandalism or fire. In 1987 bought the rights to the theft deterrent known as the ?Chicago Collar?. Duties include complete component replacement: dash, stereo system, interior, locks and coding, rebuilding steering columns, repairing and installing vehicle security system components (factory and after market), engine components, body repair, glass replacement, repair and service of air conditioning components, brake and suspension repair, and replacement, wiring harnesses etc. to return vehicle to pre-theft condition Complete reconstruction. During the past 17 years directly involved in the repair of over 10,000 theft-recovered and fire damaged Personally examined and rebuilt thousands of steering columns on both import and domestic vehicles Internationally acknowledged as expert in auto theft including court, consulting with insurance companies, attorneys and law enforcement. Consultant on steering columns, locks, stereo systems and vehicle security for Special Investigation Units for many large insurance carriers during the past eight years. Consulting services include but not limited to: How a vehicle was last operated (with or without keys in burned or unburned vehicles), Origin and Cause of vehicle fires, and vehicle defects. Provides services as a consultant and researcher to attorneys and insurance companies, and private industry throughout the US in cases related to vehicles. Has worked with crime prevention officers throughout the US establishing training programs designed to protect the public from becoming victims of auto theft. PATENT: 3/21/00 issued patent# 6,039,140 for 8 different variations of airbag anti-theft devices. PUBLICATIONS Currently authors articles and test reports on an ongoing basis for SIUs and the forensic/vehicle fire industry. Published author: (1,297 slide training course) Auto Theft/ Fraud Training Course) ?The Modern Forensic Approach to Auto Theft Investigation.? (January, 2001) Author: ?Variables to Be Considered In Vehicle Fire Investigation after Suppression.? (Insurance publication-November 2001) Author: ?Ford Magnesium Steering Columns and the Results to Ignition Components after a Fire?. Article for peer review from the fire and forensic community. (November 2001) Author: ?The Truth About GM VATS.? (Article) (November 2001) Author: ?The Truth About GM PASSLOCK TM? (Article) (November 2001) Author:? Auto Theft Investigation: Hollywood vs. Reality? (Article) (February 2001) For the John Cooke Fraud Report. Published author: (Manual) ?Forensic Vehicle Fire/ Arson and Auto Theft Investigation? (October 2000) Published author: (Article) ?Petty Claims? for the John Cooke Fraud Report (October, 1998) Published author (Manual) ?AUTO THEFT: LET THE TRUTH BE KNOWN!? (1998) (Previously distributed by Barnes & Nobel) Co-authored the investigation manual, ?Surreptitious Entry & Auto Theft & Burn & the Investigator.? (1999) Authored test questions on the subject of steering columns and vehicle security for CFL designation to be given by the International Association of Investigative Locksmiths. January, 2000 Published author: (Manual) ?Saginaw Steering Columns-What Has Not Been Told? Training manual for fire investigators. (March 2000) Published (Article) ?Beyond The Lock? (May 2000) Published Author: (Article) Fraud Defense Network-August, 2000 Edition-?Melting Steering Column Tests.? http://www.fraudreport.com/index.cfm?month=08&year=2000 Published author: (Test Report) ?Burned Toyota Steering Column Testing to Determine How Last Operated?. Tool marks and procedures. (December 1999) Currently at the FBI Crime Lab in Washington DC and the US Army Crime Lab in Atlanta, GA for peer review. ACCOMPLISHMENTS Defeated the ?unstealable? Ford Securilock transponder system for a court case 10/10/00. They said it could not be done! Primary designer of a state of the art ?bait? car for a police department to catch car thieves. Worked with The National Highway Safety Transportation Administration and discovered a potential fire hazard on a vehicle and determined origin and cause of under hood fires on this type of vehicle. Featured as ?Auto Theft Expert? in the A & E auto theft documentary ?Stealing Wheels? that aired July 26, 2000. Contacted by Sears and Edelman Marketing to be a national spokesman for an anti theft device for vehicles. (November 1999) Invited to provide evaluation and consulting to steering column engineers at Daimler Chrysler Corporation in Auburn Hills, MI (10/19/99-10/22/99). The purpose of this project was to demonstrate how steering column locking mechanisms could be defeated without the use of a key and how to reinforce the columns against theft. Court Qualified as an Auto Theft Expert and my videos of defeating columns were also accepted by a Cleveland, Ohio Court in October 1999 as a valid piece of evidence. Contacted by Disney Touchstone Pictures for technical assistance in making the movie ?Gone in 60 Seconds? (March 1999) CONSULTANT FOR FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS ? Former contributor for The Insurance News Network (Auto theft and prevention) includes heading a forum for the public on how to protect their vehicles for 3+ years. ? Former editor and consultant for the public on matters involving auto theft and prevention 2000-2001 on the web at http://www.autotheft_forum.com. ? The Insurance Career Center (Auto theft and fraud). ? National Association of Investigative Specialists (Auto theft and fraud) ? Expert Find (Auto theft and fraud} TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE ? ASE (National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence) Certified in Auto: brakes, steering and suspension, engine repair, manual drive train and axles, air conditioning. Med/Heavy duty truck: gasoline engine repair, electrical/electronic components. Collision: elec.....

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