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

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start. JA: Will the headlights turn...
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.
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Ford Mechanic: kalamykid, Shop Owner/ Tech replied 1 year ago
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Do you have a remote that will lock and unlock the doors?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I do, but since I set it off, it doesn't work.
Ford Mechanic: kalamykid, Shop Owner/ Tech replied 1 year ago

How did you set it off?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I removed some fuses, and when I put them back in, it didn't work.
Ford Mechanic: kalamykid, Shop Owner/ Tech replied 1 year ago

Why did you remove the fuses?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
To stop undesirables from using my car.
Ford Mechanic: kalamykid, Shop Owner/ Tech replied 1 year 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?

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Customer reply replied 1 year 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.
Ford Mechanic: kalamykid, Shop Owner/ Tech replied 1 year ago

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

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I took a picture.
Ford Mechanic: kalamykid, Shop Owner/ Tech replied 1 year 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?

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Ford Mechanic: kalamykid, Shop Owner/ Tech replied 1 year ago

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

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Before.
Ford Mechanic: kalamykid, Shop Owner/ Tech replied 1 year ago

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

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I don't know what maxi fuses are.
Ford Mechanic: kalamykid, Shop Owner/ Tech replied 1 year ago

The big fuses.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
just those.
Ford Mechanic: kalamykid, Shop Owner/ Tech replied 1 year ago

Did you pull any of the relays?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Just the fuses.
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Nothing happened.
Ford Mechanic: kalamykid, Shop Owner/ Tech replied 1 year ago

How many keys do you have for this car?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Three.
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I've tried them all.
Ford Mechanic: kalamykid, Shop Owner/ Tech replied 1 year ago

Have you tried all three?

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Ford Mechanic: kalamykid, Shop Owner/ Tech replied 1 year ago

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

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
No.
Ford Mechanic: kalamykid, Shop Owner/ Tech replied 1 year 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.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Not any time soon, everything's closed.
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
No
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I'm beginning to doubt if you can actually help, and at this point I just want my $5 back.
Ford Mechanic: kalamykid, Shop Owner/ Tech replied 1 year 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.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Refund would be swell. I'll find professional help.
Ford Mechanic: kalamykid, Shop Owner/ Tech replied 1 year ago

Thanks for the insult.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
No problem, buddy.
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
It's called passive agression. If I was actively insulting you, you'd notice.
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