Question about 2004 Ford Freestar
The anti theft light flashes
No start problem -fixed!!!
Solved the problem of my 2005 Ford Freestar motor not turning over with no apparent cause. Among other possible causes, my anti-theft system locked my motor up (or prevented my starter from engaging the motor) after my battery ran dead and had to be replaced.
The FIX is THIS - make sure the hood is closed (incase it has a sensor), close all the doors, lock the doors with the remote lock, and then start the car with the remote starter. The 1st time it tried to turn over and start but couldn't and made a loud noise. That worried me. But after that, it tried to start again (on it's own, I didn't push the remote start again) no loud noise that time, but still couldn't start when turning over. It tried on its own to start a 3rd time and stared right up, no problem. I unlocked the driver door with the key (not remote), put key in ignition and turned to on, engaged the brake to disconnect the remote, turned the van off, then started it back up with the key in the ignition and it started right up again with no problem. Working just fine since.
I hope this works for someone else who has this problem. This was the 2nd time for me AFTER I ended up replacing the motor the 1st time. So angry that Ford cost me that money and inconvenience. This anti-theft system is seriously flawed.
Posted on Nov 12, 2018
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Yes it flashes to let others know you have an alarm on the car and not to mess with it! Yes. It should blink when the key is not in the ignition. This lets you know that the Passive anti-theft system is on. What this means? Basically the key you use has a specific code that coordinates with your car, and that key is the only key that will work for your car out of a possible 70 quadrillion codes or something like that. The light is used to help scare away thiefs that would break into your car, no car alarm will go off if they do, but most run of the mill car thiefs wont take the chance of breaking into your car if they think there might be an alarm on it. If the light blinks while the key is in the ignition then you shouldn't be able to start the car. It's normal for it to always flash. The only time it won't is with the car running.
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Posted on Aug 14, 2011
Try to close all the doors and windows and lock the car with remote or manually then open it with the key it should work .
Posted on Jul 22, 2010
Did you steal it? I heard about you thieves who steal cars then put new transmissions in!!
Seriously, try this, it may help...
Put the key in the ignition, and turn forward all the way just before cranking. Then within 5 seconds, locate, press and hold in the valet/overide button, found under the dash area, (push button, spring loaded) until the installed LED (the blinking light) in your dash area goes on solid, and the siren chirps once. (Your valet switch might be the toggle (on/off) type. in this case, key on, flip switch in opposite direction, then turn the key off.) This should reset the alarm, and reset the grounded relay on the starter wire, allowing you to start the engine. At this point, the only thing working would be the keyless entry from the alarm, if it came equipped that way. Just Repeat these steps to place it back to usable armed mode. You may get 2 chirps, confirming it, and the lights may flash twice as well. That should do it. Check out www.explorerforum.com
Posted on Dec 04, 2009
SOURCE: I just replaced the fuel
Unhook your battery for a 15 minutes and reconnect it.And then try.Disconnecting and reconnecting the battery resets the system and this resets the anti theft device too.-------- Another thing are you using right key for your car.If there are 2 keys try both keys one by one. But if this not reseting the device then it has to be done by a scan tool at ford dealer.They will reset the system as well as reset /reprogram the car key too.At dealer they charge approx $35 for this resetting.Its their service charge.This antitheft light starts flashing,if the vehicle detects there is parts replaced,without disconnecting battery or car got open with key or by non -programmed key.And this problem is faced by many other ford users too.In some case battery reset helps in other cases the car needs to be reset by scan tool at dealer.----------This will help.Thanks.Helpmech.
Posted on Jan 30, 2011
This means that your key is not being recogonized.Ethier the chip in the key is bad or the patts transciever at the lock cylinder. Do you have a spare key? If not you will have to get 2 new keyss cut and programmed.
Posted on Feb 16, 2009
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