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Old 10-09-2006, 10:12 PM   #1
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hi everyone, new here i just baught a new 2000 4 dr sdn z-tech i baught it from an auction it was a stolen recovery the thief ripped out the whole ignition lock setup but was driving it like that untill he got busted.now i baught this car and tried to start it but it does not crank we used the same screwdriver the thief left in there the ignition turns through all positions like it should the dash lights come on and it goes into the start position as normal but it does not even make no attempt to start. I jumped the starter solinoid and it will turn over but i get no spark or fuel. It has a factory alarm system but i dont know what to do with it. I just want to start it before i put anymore money into it i already paid 2000 without hearing it run. any help you can give would be great.


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Old 10-09-2006, 10:33 PM   #2
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PATS is an acronym that stands for Passive Anti-Theft System (Ford also calls this SecuriLock). It is also called a transponder key. It is a security feature found on most (if not all) new Ford products, and what it does is disable your vehicle's starter unless your specially programmed key is used to start the vehicle. There is a computer chip inside of the key, and without that you will NOT be able to start the vehicle -- even if you have a regular (non-PATS) key with the correct cuts, it will not work.
Dealership should be able to make new keys according to the VIN. However, it will be costly. But ya gotta do, what ya gotta do.
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hi thank you for your input but i am puzzled as to the fact that the car was being drivin with no ignition or key just a screwdriver the man was pulled over and arrested for the driving the stolen car.
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hi thank you for your input but i am puzzled as to the fact that the car was being drivin with no ignition or key just a screwdriver the man was pulled over and arrested for the driving the stolen car.
Puzzled? In order to be arrested for a stolen vehicle, the vehicle MUST be reported as stolen. Even if you're in someone else's car, using a screwdriver for an ignition key, and get pulled over- they can't arrest you if the car is clean. If you're driving it for any reason- carry the proof of purchase from the auction, or the title if you have it. If it's already registered, there shouldn't be a problem- even with a screwdriver for an ignition key.

I've gotten a few steering column jobs from county auctions- I hate how nowadays people jump out of cars while it's moving. It never works for them, they just get an extra charge of endangerment.
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hi thank you for your input but i am puzzled as to the fact that the car was being drivin with no ignition or key just a screwdriver the man was pulled over and arrested for the driving the stolen car.
Its possible to bypass PATS. Not easy, but possible.

I would get a new lock from the dealership, and pay to have them program new keys for the car.
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I know that my dealer charges $70 for 1 key, and $100 for 2
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