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It won't start, won't crank and the anti theft light is

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It won't start, won't crank and the anti theft light is flashing rapidly
JA: Have you checked the fuses? Have you tried to reset the computer?
Customer: Yes
JA: What is the model/year of your Ford?
Customer: 2004 Ford Freestar, started up two days ago with no problem and then today there was nothing
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: yes, replaced starter, tested all relays, checked all the fuses and checked and cleaned all the ground terminals
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: yes. There is another problem that I have been working on on the van but is a seperate issue. I keep getting a P2196 and P2198 error codes. i have found that to be a short somewhere in the vehicle.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

Welcome, I'm Chris (aka Moose) I prefer to work when others don't, I am here around lunch and after dinner till after midnight.

As long as the battery voltage is good. The PATS light flashing fast means the computer thinks your a thief from a faulty key, transceiver or module issue. Do you get the same results from both keys? If so then the keys are likely not to blame. You will need to see which PATS codes are stored to see if there is a part needing diagnosed or replaced. Then once done you will need a scan tool to reprogram both keys back to the vehicle.

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Thanks Moose.

Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

Hello again Chris here,

  • I am contacting you because the post has not been closed out/completed.
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  • You have already paid the fees to get this question answered, and I do not want you to leave having paid for something that did not meet your wants/needs and myself not receiving a feedback selection from yourself.

Thanks Chris