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2001 mercury sable. Theft light flashing. Won't start. Any

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2001 mercury sable. Theft light flashing. Won't start. Any ideas
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Ford Mechanic: A. Penland, Ford Senior Master Technician, ASE replied 1 year ago
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How many keys do you have for the Sable?
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I think my son on had one. It does show wear. 176,210 miles
Ford Mechanic: A. Penland, Ford Senior Master Technician, ASE replied 1 year ago
The keys for your Sable have a little chip in them that the vehicles modules need to read to allow the engine to start. If it does not see the chip, the vehicle will not start and the THEFT light will flash rapidly when you turn the key to on. M<ore than likely it is a bad key. You local locksmith could make you a new one and program it. They can even test the vehicle to make sure that is the problem. But the keys will need to be programed to the vehicle with the proper computer to allow the vehicle to start.
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I called a mobile locksmith, hope that works
Ford Mechanic: A. Penland, Ford Senior Master Technician, ASE replied 1 year ago
Please keep me informed. You can reply back on this page. I'll get an email when you do.
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Guy got here. CSR had blown fuse I missed, changed it and it started, I wonder what shorted it out
Ford Mechanic: A. Penland, Ford Senior Master Technician, ASE replied 1 year ago
CSR? What fuse #?
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
40 amp, I don't have a manual, he said it was for computer power supply
Ford Mechanic: A. Penland, Ford Senior Master Technician, ASE replied 1 year ago
Was it in the under hood or under the dash fuse box? I have access to the diagrams and manuals.
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Under hood next to battery, bottom row #4 spot, I put another in and it stsrted
Ford Mechanic: A. Penland, Ford Senior Master Technician, ASE replied 1 year ago
See the diagram below.
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
#107
Ford Mechanic: A. Penland, Ford Senior Master Technician, ASE replied 1 year ago
That fuse is for the starter and the ignition switch. You may want to have the starter checked for internal shorting.
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