Ford Repair Questions? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
Ok. Just relax. And take a deep breath. It sounds like a bad starter, but check for the RED theft light on the dash. See if it is flashing rapidly when you try to start it and it does not crank over by the starter. If the light flashes rapidly, then you have an issue with the PATS key system. Your key has a chip in it that the vehicle needs to see to allow the vehicle to start. But if the light is not flashing rapidly, and the engine will not crank over, especially when the engine has warmed up, it may be the starter. When they get hot, they can fail and not allow the engine to crank over. But also, make sure it is not the transmission range sensor that only allows the engine to start in neutral or park. Move the shifter through the gears and then try to start the vehicle, both in park and neutral. If it does not help, then have the starter replaced.