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A. Penland, Ford Senior Master Technician, ASE
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We have a 2000 mercury mountaineer. The key fob got wet at

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We have a 2000 mercury mountaineer. The key fob got wet at the beach and won't work. We're stuck in the parking lot. How can we start the car?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mercury
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The car has an anti theft device and will not start without pressing the button on the fob
Expert:  A. Penland replied 1 year ago.

Can you post a picture of this fob you have?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Did you receive the picture of the fob?
Expert:  A. Penland replied 1 year ago.

No. Click on the paper clip icon. then click browse. Then select the picture and then once it loads, click ok and then click send.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm Sorry but I don't see a paper clip icon
Expert:  A. Penland replied 1 year ago.

It should be above the box where you type the reply.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No paper clip above the reply only add files next to the send button. It's a Ford fob for some reason
Expert:  A. Penland replied 1 year ago.

How many buttons does it have?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
3 buttons. 2 black buttons below the Ford emblem and a red panic button below them
Expert:  A. Penland replied 1 year ago.

Ok. That is the factory keyless entry remote. That is for locking and unlocking the doors. Not for starting the vehicle. When you try to start the engine, does the red theft light flash rapidly?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No it stays lit then goes off. It flashes when the key is off. He always has to push the right black button, the one that unlocks the door to start the engine
Expert:  A. Penland replied 1 year ago.

Then there is an aftermarket alarm added to the factory keyless entry. You may want to open the remote and have the batteries tested or replaced. Also clean out the remote and dry it out.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
there is no way to bypass this to start the car?
Expert:  A. Penland replied 1 year ago.

Look under the dash for a small black box and wiring going to the steering column where they spliced into the ignition switch wiring. The black box might be zip tied up to the dash wiring harness or bracing under the drivers side of the dash. You will have to follow the wiring up to the ignition switch and disconnect the wiring for it and splice the factory wiring back in.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
OK we'll wait for someone to pick us up
Expert:  A. Penland replied 1 year ago.

Ok.

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