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My anti theft system light has just recently rurned on. I figured out how to fisable it and was told by mechanic tgat this would happen about once or twice a year. I have had this car for ove r a year and it never happened. But never the less was ok with just having to sit amd wait for ten min once or twice. And it would start again.. But since its happened about two weeks ago it has done it twice to me and today the light just stayed on while i drive my car.. Wanted to know if this ment anything or if there was any way i can just take it off. Its become a hassle


First of all, you state you disabled your PASSLOCK, but you did not state as to how you disabled it.
If in fact you did disable the system and you have full coverage on insurance, if the car is stolen, you will not have the theft claim honored. The PASSLOCK offered very little deterrence. If the ignition lock can be rotated, the vehicle can be driven without the use of a key. In other words, the system is a joke for a so-called anti theft system.
The system however like all this factory installed junk can create a huge problem for the owner though.

Now, you state the security light stays on while driving, this tells me that your disabling of the system really did not disable the system and that the PASSLOCK is fully functional. The illumination of this light is telling you there is some sort of issue that failed in the PASSLOCK and the system is not functioning correctly. You don't ha to go to a dealer, but some shop that has a Tech II scanner that can be connected to your diagnostic port.
The Tech II will determine as to what the problem is. With the light on, it tells you the system is disabled and not functioning correctly. Without knowing what causes the light to be on, I cannot tell you the consequences.
The engine may continue t start and have no problems, yet if you are telling me that you have had to do the thirty minute reset in 10 minute intervals, this tells me there is a much more serious problem with the system, in which there may be a future starting issue.

So many people request information for total removal of this factory installed junk thinking there is nothing to it and it can be as simple as removing a fuse. You didn't do that, but others have in the past. The thought is that it is simple to do.

The truth of the matter is that these systems are integrated with the computer system, the electronics and electrical of the vehicle. These systems are part of the vehicle just like the stereo, the A/C and anything else in the vehicle.

Now, temporarily, anything can e bypassed by a thief, but for long term, it is not going to happen unless totally swapped out with another factory system and frankly, I don't even think it is worth the time and effort.

I have bypassed the impossible, the Ford Securilock transponder system, proving ford lied about the effectiveness of their security. I did this by reading a schematic and the use of one wire. I have defeated many of these systems, but as I said, like a thief would do on only a temporary basis.

These days however, these systems no longer have to be defeated up to 2012 and it is much easier for a thief to get a key by giving the IN to a dealer. In the case of the PASSLOCK, that is all a thief would have to do.
Programmers to program the thief's own transponder key can be purchased for as little as $125.00 and they can make transponder keys for numerous makes and models in 60 seconds or less.

The insurance industry forced the manufacturers to install this general crap. The manufacturers having their own way did not care if these vehicles were stolen, because then if stolen, they could sell replacement vehicles or parts.
In fact, the only reason these so-called anti theft systems are on the vehicles is because of Europe and Canada insurance carriers telling the manufacturer they would not insure the vehicles if not so equipped. It is my belief that the US vehicles are so-equipped is because we are a world market. It is much more cost effective to build all vehicles the same, instead of having vehicles built for different parts of the world. This way there is world uniformity in the way these vehicles are produced.  

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Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI


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.


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 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.? 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 ? 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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