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What year?? What I have run into is the Anti Theft cable shorts out causing the intermittent starting issue. I would try removing the cable
Posted on Oct 01, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Yes I agree it's the 'smart key'. Normally when you buy an explorer new, you will get 3 keys. 1 of the keys is a valet key.
If you were to copy another key that has a smart chip (transponder) in it, the new key won't work until you 'program' the third (new) key. To program it you need the original 2 keys that work.
The only other thing could be that there was a remote start in the vehicle and there could be something wrong with the module that bypasses the transponder. If there is a remote start in the vehicle you might be lucky to some extent if it still works.
If you move the shifter hard and it worked before, like you said, there could also be damage to the wires that goto the key cylinder, the reciever for the transponder in the key. Try having someone hold the key in start and use the tilt wheel, that too will tell you theres damaged wires if it starts.
Unfortunately you probably will have to bring the vehicle to a ford dealer to get additional keys programmed or the damaged part replaced.
It shouldn't cost too, too much. Just be glad you don't have a Saab, replacement key's are $145 Ea!
If your inclined, you can dissassemble the plastic shroud around the steering column and look for damaged wires coming from the black ring around the key down the the connector under the dash.
Posted on Jul 10, 2008
MAY BE YOU HAVE A DEFECTIVE KEY, CHECK IF THE KEY HAS A PELLET IN IT, IF SO THE KEY IS BAD AND YOUR DEALER CAN REPLACE IT.
THE PELLET IS A RESISTOR FOR THE ANTITHEFT.
Posted on May 28, 2008
it sounds like the immobilizer is faulty. this will shut off the electrical feed to the starter motor. you will need to take it to a garage to get this fixed.
hope this helps.
Posted on Mar 18, 2009
SOURCE: 2003 Ford Windstar won't start
does it have an autostart? if you have two keys (this will only work if you have two) turn the key to on in the ignition and wait till the theft light goes out do this for each key this may fix your problem.
Posted on May 11, 2009
SOURCE: Truck won't start something to do with Anti-Theft tried removing positive cqble to reset alarm nothing, possible wire off Anti Theft Unit Truck drove fine parked for one hour and went to leave, the en
not positive but look in owner manual for a fuel pump reset button i had this problem at one time and that fixed it it is usualy under the dash area somewhere on the drivers side or in a kick panel (decorative cover on the side firewalls inside the cab)....good luck i hope this helps!
Posted on May 15, 2009
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