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I accidentally tripped the P.A.T.S. and now my car won't

Customer Question

I accidentally tripped the P.A.T.S. and now my car won't start.
JA: Will the headlights turn on? Is the battery fully charged?
Customer: Haven't tried the light. I'm pretty sure the battery is charged.
JA: What is the model/year of your Ford?
Customer: 2001 Taurus.
JA: Are you fixing your Taurus yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I read online I could reset the computer by disconnecting the battery, and also some override that didn't work.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: I sort of did this myself. I was trying to prevent my brother from using my spare key while I was away, so I plucked some fuses, and when I put them back, there was a flashing red theft light on the dash and it won't start.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  kalamykid replied 7 months ago.

Do you have a remote that will lock and unlock the doors?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I do, but since I set it off, it doesn't work.
Expert:  kalamykid replied 7 months ago.

How did you set it off?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I removed some fuses, and when I put them back in, it didn't work.
Expert:  kalamykid replied 7 months ago.

Why did you remove the fuses?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
To stop undesirables from using my car.
Expert:  kalamykid replied 7 months ago.

I see. I will tell you a better way so you do not have this problem again, but for now lets see what is going on. Can you lock the doors with your key and wait 10 seconds, then unlock the door with the key and see if the car will start?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I've locked and unlocked the doors several times with my key over the course of a week trying to fix this, and it hasn't worked yet.
Expert:  kalamykid replied 7 months ago.

Are you sure you have put all the fuses back in correctly?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I took a picture.
Expert:  kalamykid replied 7 months ago.

Can you take another pic of both fuse boxes and post them here so I can double check and make sure they are all in correctly?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
This is the only fuse box I've fiddled with.
Expert:  kalamykid replied 7 months ago.

Is this a new pic or the one you took before you pulled the fuses?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Before.
Expert:  kalamykid replied 7 months ago.

can you send me a pic of it now please? Did you pull any other fuses besides the maxi fuses?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
This is it now.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I don't know what maxi fuses are.
Expert:  kalamykid replied 7 months ago.

The big fuses.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
just those.
Expert:  kalamykid replied 7 months ago.

Did you pull any of the relays?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Just the fuses.
Expert:  kalamykid replied 7 months ago.

Lets see if the remote can be reprogramed so it will work again, here are the steps you have to follow to program it,

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Nothing happened.
Expert:  kalamykid replied 7 months ago.

How many keys do you have for this car?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Three.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I've tried them all.
Expert:  kalamykid replied 7 months ago.

Have you tried all three?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Expert:  kalamykid replied 7 months ago.

Do you have a digital volt meter and a test light so we can do some testing?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
No.
Expert:  kalamykid replied 7 months ago.

Can you borrow them, or get them at your local auto parts store? They will run you about $30.00 for both of them.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Not any time soon, everything's closed.
Expert:  kalamykid replied 7 months ago.

Do you have a piece of wire and a light bulb like this one so we can make one?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
No
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I'm beginning to doubt if you can actually help, and at this point I just want my $5 back.
Expert:  kalamykid replied 7 months ago.

I can help, but you do not have all the tools you need at this time. If you would like, we can pick this up in the morning when you have the tools you need, or I can put in for a refund for you.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Refund would be swell. I'll find professional help.
Expert:  kalamykid replied 7 months ago.

Thanks for the insult.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
No problem, buddy.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
It's called passive agression. If I was actively insulting you, you'd notice.