Ford Repair Questions? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
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The red security light on the dash is suppose to be steady red when trying to start the vehicle.
Was the key in the on position when you jumped th starter?
Make sure the red light on the dash is not blinking when turning the key and steady.
yes the key was on when we jump started the motor it just would not fire. the red light usually flashes but then goes off when you start the vehicle but the red light stays on without flashing now.
Ok, then the theft system is working properly and it should not be the reason the why the vehicle is not starting. Let me see what I can find in the Ford Manuel.
Ok, I just talked with some of our other experts and here is what we came up with:
This is staright out of the Ford Repair Manual.
PATS uses a visual theft indicator located on top of the instrument panel. This indicator will prove out for three seconds when the ignition switch is turned to ON or START under normal operation. If there is a PATS problem, this indicator will either flash rapidly or glow steadily (for more than three seconds) when the ignition switch is turned to ON or START. PATS also "flashes" the theft indicator every two seconds at ignition OFF to act as a visual theft deterrent.
So it does look like there is a problem with the security or PATS system. It is hard to say what exactly is wrong though. You could have a bad key, bad transponder or bad module.
Unfortunatlly the only thing you can try is this:
If you have 2 programed keys for the vehicle