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I have a 2003 Ford Escape XLT V6 that will crank but won't start. I also noticed that the THEFT light on the dash is on or blinking. Before i go through the steps of checking the fuel pump and spark plugs, is it possible that the chip in the key is no longer programmed? The car has been sitting idle for over a year and I am in the process of buying it from my neighbor. Unfortunately he only has one key.
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Ford Mechanic: James, Ford Technician replied 2 years ago
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Hello, does the theft light blink rapidly?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
No
Ford Mechanic: James, Ford Technician replied 2 years ago

So when you turn the key to the on position the light comes on for three seconds and goes out?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I am not at the vehicle right now, but from what i remember the light comes one then blinks every once in a while. It definitely does not blink rapidly though. I can give you a better description of the blinking when i return to my garage if that helps. But I am wondering if it is possible for a Ford tech or a locksmith to tell if the key is still programmed properly, without having the vehicle present.
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Also, my next step in the troubleshooting process (if we determine the key is not the problem) is to use some starting fluid to help the engine turn over. Does that sound like a good idea?
Ford Mechanic: James, Ford Technician replied 2 years ago

If the key wasn't working correctly that is when the theft light will flash fast when you turn the key to the on position.

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