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Auto Theft Prevention/1998 ford explorer sport anti theft no start


QUESTION: I've had this truck for just a few months. I have a "no tilt" steering wheel. Since day one, the key, only have 1, without a key fob, has been tricky! Getsstuck, can't turn it, its difficult in all keyholes. The stereo was previously pulled out, the lighter does not work, the auto door locks and hazards have a mind of their own and lately ythe key in the ignition has gotten more moody. Then, bang, no start with anti theft flashing! Light flashcode is 1-3. After 2 days I did the suggested key unlock, lockx2 in drivers door, the keydidnotfumble inignitionand started, til I parked again. Now stuck in no start. Tried everything. I'm in a huge financial wreck, not registered in my name yet so can't even take to dealer. My husbands everyone else's go to man and he goes for them, but not me! So, my better husband, best friends hubby, will help me if we knew what to do? If my truck would start, I could go to work and leave the bastard fpor good! Save a good woman!thanks!


For some reason, I just got the question and it came in as if I had not sent my answer.
The most common problem on these ignition is that the key buzzer used to break (chime control telling you your key was in
lock) and the ignition lock would have to be drilled out to be removed. Either that or the ignition is just falling apart.
Since your ignition turns at times, it may not need to be drilled out.
Dealers are middlemen for locks and keys so they can take in huge Mark ups. Ford, GM, Chrysler never made the locks and keys and obtain them from the same subcontractor locksmith does. Call a locksmith that does automotive work.
The dealer will charge for an ignition lock, labor and $150 for only the key. The locksmith may be able to use your key and fix or replace lock! Big cost savings! Plus, they come to you!

The key fob is not important most of the time. It's very rare to find a vehicle of this vintage with a factory alarm because it was a $600 option. I am not say it doesn't, but very rare.
You might have some after market piece of junk in there that can be removed.
Does a siren trigger or a horn when alarm goes off?

The codes in a Ford computer I am not familiar with. Most are related to the engine having emission issues (clean air act) and unless you are in the big cities like Austin or Dallas emissions are not even checked to pass inspection. If the engine runs ok who cares?

Do not get ripped off going to a dealer for your ignition problem. Call a locksmith!
Let me know why you think you need a key fob if the horn is going off or a siren.


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QUESTION: Thank you for your consideration into my dilemma! There is no siren, no "alarm" sounds, nor flashing exterior lights. Only the "theft" dashboard light is flashing rapidly and after1 min. Or so, the sequence of the flashing is 1:3. The car is deffinatel experiencing a faulty, ford "anti-theft no-start" failure to start up. We did attempt to replace the responder in steeringcolum, however I can not testify as to the knowledge of the one who tried that, and it did not start. I am in crisis. Any other thoughts?  I will research locksmiths now , in the meantime, while ,Everyone and anyone brainstorms! Please.?


Theft light has nothing to do with alarm. The rapidly flashing theft light indicates a transponder (chip in ignition key issue).
For whatever reason, the computer is not recognizing the key. When pats (system called that or securilock is engaged, engine will crank but no start.
One common problem that creates this issue is someone trying to force forcefully remove ignition and breaking the antenna known as a transceiver directly in front of the ignition under the steering column shroud. If broken, the computercannot recognize the chip in the key.
This light can also be set off like the ignition problems you describe.
This theft light is not controlled by a key fob and only by the use of a key in the ignition.

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QUESTION: Just in conclusion, despite the $100.00 we paid a guy off craigslist, with apparently 35 yes experience, who put a new responder in and never returned to finish, hire a locksmith for $200.00 ,made new keys, the key was bad and was a clone key,not a ford key, and reprogram and whammo! Started right up! Wish I just did that first!! Shoulda, would a, could a! Next time! Listen to the experts! Thank you!!


Yes there a lot of goofs out there that will gladly take your money and not fix the problem.
You would have had the same result at a dealer charging and not fixing.
The only reason I recommend locksmiths is because of logistics or I would be out doing this work from afar. I am so glad I was able to assist you and now you can use the vehicle again. Thanks for your questions.

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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.


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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