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2001 Ford Windstar, won't start, theft light on, van has a new battery

2001 ford windstar won't start. theft light on. New Battery

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theft light should be flashing when system is armed. It should reset itself. If on steady, you have a probelem. Try your other key first. This inof should help you. Report back if you still need help.

Anti-Theft —Passive The passive anti-theft system (PATS) contains the following components:

  • theft indicator
  • encoded ignition key
  • PATS transceiver module
  • powertrain control module (PCM)
  • standard corporate protocol (SCP) communication network
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Principles of Operation
The PATS uses a specially encoded ignition key. Each encoded ignition key contains a permanently installed electronic device called a transponder. Each transponder contains a unique electronic identification code out of over 18 billion, billion combinations.
The passive anti-theft system (PATS), also known as SecuriLock ®, uses radio frequency identification technology to deter a driveaway theft. This system is known as Securilock® in North America, Safeguard® in the U.K., and PATS in Continental Europe. Passive means that it does not require any activity from the user.
The SecuriLock® System (PATS) is not compatible with aftermarket remote start systems, which allow the vehicle to be started from outside the vehicle. These systems may reduce the vehicle security level, and also may cause no-start issues. If equipped the remote start system must be removed before investigation of PATS-related, no-start issues.
Each encoded ignition key must be programmed into the vehicle's powertrain electronic control (PCM) before it can be used to start the engine. There are special diagnostic repair procedures described in this section that must be carried out if a new encoded ignition key is necessary.
This system contains a new feature named Unlimited Key Mode. This feature allows a customer to program more than eight keys to the vehicle if they request it. Each vehicle in Unlimited Key Mode is set up with a special Unlimited Transponder Security Key. This allows all the customer vehicles to share the same keys, but no other keys from outside can be used to operate the vehicles. For an individual customer, any randomly selected Security Key is acceptable. Refer to Unlimited Key Mode Programming in Key Programming Switch State Control in this section.
The PATS transceiver module communicates with the encoded ignition key. The module is located behind the steering column shroud and contains an antenna connected to a small electronics module. During each vehicle start sequence, the transceiver module reads the encoded ignition key identification code and sends data to the PCM.
The control functions are contained in the PCM. This module carries out all of the PATS functions, such as receiving the identification code from the encoded ignition key and controlling the engine enable. The PCM initiates the key interrogation sequence when the vehicle ignition switch is turned to RUN or START.
All elements of the PATS must be functional before the engine is allowed to start. If any of the components are not working correctly, the vehicle will not start.
The PATS uses a visual theft indicator. The indicator will prove out for three seconds when the ignition switch is turned to RUN or START under normal operation. If there is a PATS concern, this indicator will either flash rapidly or glow steadily when the ignition switch is turned to RUN or START. The PATS system also flashes the theft indicator every two seconds at ignition OFF to act as a visual deterrent.
The following will activate the PATS and will disable the vehicle from starting:
  • incorrectly encoded ignition key
  • damaged encoded ignition key
  • unprogrammed key
  • non-encoded key (key has no electronics)
  • damaged wiring
  • damaged transceiver
  • damaged PCM
Inspection and Verification
  1. Verify the customer concern by operating the system.
  1. Visually inspect for obvious signs of mechanical and electrical damage.


Visual Inspection Chart Mechanical Electrical
  • Large metallic objects, a second ignition key on the same key ring as the PATS ignition key or electronic devices on the key chain that can be use to purchase gasoline or similar items
  • Ignition lock cylinder
  • PATS key
  • Use of a non-PATS key
  • More than one PATS key on key chain
  • Central junction box (CJB) fuse 16 (15A)
  • Battery junction box (BJB) fuse 20 (15A)
  • PATS transceiver module
  • Ignition switch
  • Loose or corroded connection(s)

Posted on May 27, 2009

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key won't turn, steering wheel locked, brakes locked.

My van is completely locked up! My key won't turn at all. I have had no new key made and the spare key won't work either! The steering wheel is locked up as well as the brakes.

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With the key in the ignition, tap on the key with something heavy like a pair of pliers, screwdriver etc. It will cause the pin inside the mechanism to drop, and the iginition will turn. Happened to me today, worked like a charm.

Posted on Apr 20, 2009

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location of fuel pump fuse on 2001 ford windstar

location of fuel pump fuse on 2001 ford windstar

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see fuse box diagram for relay/fuse location under hood.
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Posted on Oct 16, 2010

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coolant leak leaking on front passenger side near wheel well almost under the engine

After my van has been ranned, I noticed a smell of coolant. I looked under my van, and saw drips coming (looking from passenger front tire) from the lower right side of the engine. I have not driven my van, to avoid doing more SERIOUS damage. But i notice the coolant in the coolant box is getting lower and the van is not being ran. My van starts strong, but will start to leak coolant as soon as its turned on (Not driving van, just trying to see where exactly the leak is coming from)!

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check all your hoses run vehicle for awhile the inspect hose in this area. look for obvious things next check at the engine to see if a freeze plug is leaking then inspect you heater assembly the core may be leaking I'm leaning toward a hose or shut off valve

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My 2001 ford windstar lx van smells like coolant when i drive

I smell coolant when i drive, it smokes when it idles or when i park. it is not overheating. and the coolant is no longer full after i put some in the resovier

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Several things to check. Have the cooling system pressure checked. A quick and simple test. Puts system under pressure and helps to locate a leak. The coolant doesn't just go away, it's got to be leaking either externally or internally. Be sure that the radiator cap is checked too. It needs to maintain the proper pressure for the system
Sound like coolant is leaking on the exhaust system. This can result in the smell and you will not see a leak as it is evaporating when it hits the hot pipes.
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Posted on Feb 16, 2009

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2000 ford windstar power door locks do not work

2000 ford windstar power door locks do not work and have checked every fuse

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The actuactors for your locks have a little motor in them. In this motor there is a resistor that will give out over time. Usually the locks gradually stop working over time. You can remove the actuator and take it apart and fix by removing the resistor in the motor and putting a peice of copper in its place. Takes about 30 minutes per door if you know what you are doing. Do a google search for ford windstar door lock fix and you will find several blogs with detailed descriptions of the repair.

Posted on Jul 16, 2009

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Bank 1 & 2 running lean

My wind star has an iradic idle I knotis it most when i'm stoped at a stop light my scan tool says that bank 1 and bank 2 are running lean. I think the codes are ?P0701, & P0704? What do I need to do to correct this problem.

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The lean condition is caused from the upper intake gaskets and isolation bolts not sealing properly due to time and poor sealing qualities from the factory ther was a service bulliten for this through ford to replace the gaskets,bolts,vaccum line,and lh side valve cover for this concern the oil was getting onto the rubber contaminating it causing a vaccum leak. If you never had the tsb done i would start there, also if there is high milleage on the vehicle i would also clean the maf sensor and resedt kam.

Posted on Dec 04, 2008

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Running rough and stalls during wet weather otherwise runs fine.

2001 ford windstar runs fine except when driving in wet weather car runs rough and occasionally stalls.

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Your ignition coil is cracked. Replace it with a new OEM unit.

Posted on Jan 12, 2009

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need wiring diagram for 2001 ford windstar radio

need wiring diagram for 2001 ford windstar radio

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2001 Ford Windstar Car Stereo Radio Wiring Diagram
Car Radio Constant 12v+ Wire: Green/Violet
Car Radio Switched 12v+ Wire: Yellow/Black
Car Radio Ground Wire: Black/Light Green
Car Radio Illumination Wire: Green
Car Stereo Dimmer Wire: N/A
Car Stereo Antenna Trigger: N/A
Car Stereo Amp Trigger Wire: N/A
Car Stereo Amplifier Location: N/A
Front Speakers Size: N/A
Front Speakers Location: N/A
Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Orange/Light Green
Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Light Blue/White
Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): White/Light Green
Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Dark Green/Orange
Rear Speakers Size: N/A
Rear Speakers Location: N/A
Left Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Light Brown/White
Left Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Light Brown/Yellow
Right Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Light Brown/Green
Right Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Brown/Pink

Posted on Sep 12, 2009

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diagrama de fusibles de widstar 2001

hola q tal, de puara casualidad tendras un diagrama de la caja de fusibles de una windstar 2001 y de q lado estan.....

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fusible de rebersa en donde esta ubicado en la caja

Posted on Aug 19, 2012

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