You are here:

Auto Theft Prevention/2002 Mercury Cougar PATS transceiver

Advertisement


Question
Hello again, Rob.
After I recommended you the system is now preventing me from asking any more questions. Consequently, I must renew my issue.

In response to my last, you wrote:
"Look in your owners manual for PCM power relay. Once found, remove the relay and it's cover. Tie wrap the points together. Install cover and reinstall relay.
I forgot, Ford was playing games with the location of the relay after I defeated this junk in 2000."

As you suggested, I looked in the manual and find only the following:
Relays called out in Owner’s Manual:
R2  – Engine Management
R7  - Starter
R16 - Ignition

Which of these would you suspect is the relay I'm looking for?

Thanks again.
Bob

Answer
Hi Bob,

Please excuse me, I am dealing with a 2002 Ranger at the same time and did not relize I answered your question and not thiers.

Here is my original answer to you stating the bypass only worked on trucks & SUVs and not on the cars.

  QUESTION: Hello Rob.

Sure hope you can help here as I'm retired and can't just go out and buy another car.

I have a somewhat intermittant problem in that after my 2002 Mercury Cougar V6/5-speed sits for a few days, it generally will not start on the 1st attempt. It may take as many as 30 to 50 tries before it starts and runs.

After diagnosis, Ford tells me it could be the PATS transceiver mounted at the ignition lock assembly. Unfortunately, it is obsolete and no longer available.
I've removed the transceiver to get the part number, which is 98BP-15607-AB.

BTW, at Ford's advice, I had them replace the battery a week ago. Still no good.

Is there a way to bypass the PATS on a temporary basis so I can positively determine if it is indeed the transceiver (I do have 2 keys)? If it turns out the transceiver is truly bad, I'll probably have to hunt down a replacement from a bone-yard.

Any advice you may give me will be greatly appreciated.

Bob Mahon

ANSWER: Hello Bob,

The bad news is that the cars were set up completely different than the trucks and SUVs I bypassed. Instead of having a relay, cars had a relay module and I never even bothered pursuing that.

As for the transceiver (Antenna) on Ford products, they do fail and won't read the key. There is not much to it made of plastic with coiled wire inside with a tiny p/c board.
Junk yards will sell the steering column but not one piece from the steering column.
I understand your dilemma with me being on a fixed income with disability.
Ford is also notorious for discontinuing electronics after a year.
I am curious though because there has never been anything specific to these transceivers between models and I wonder if you compared your transceiver to one that they stocked, if that would not work.

Part numbers may be different for the same part only because listed only for a specific application. I ran into this commonly and had to research many parts individually to see they were exactly the same, but their parts book would list for a specific model.

Check Ebay and Craigs list. You might very well find one cheaper than what Ford offers.

I just hope that the problem is the transceiver because Ford PATS is also notorious for loss of memory in their computers on an intermittent basis.

In my opinion, this junk should have never been installed from the factory because of its lack of reliability. Ford PATS (Passive Anti-Theft System), never designed to prevent theft. It was installed like all the other manufacturers to pacify the insurance companies in order for them to deny all theft claims with these systems.

Try my suggestions and see if they assist you.

Good luck!

http://www.autotheftexpert.com

The only thing I would tell you to do is go junk yard shopping or find out what your transceiver swaps with. Mustang might be the same and if its in the PCM, you will need to interchange with a vehicle with the same engine.

You can try the option of going to an Ace hardware and having them make a new key because this key can be cloned and see if that fixes your issues.

I truly wish you the best on this. By making this garbage, the manufacturer knew after time that it would be a throw away car.

Bypassing the relay (because there is not a separate relay on the cars is almost impossible to do because the cars employ a relay module for different functions.

Auto Theft Prevention

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI

Expertise

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.

Experience

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.....

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.