2000 3.0 sport edition.
- Please read all. thank you in advance.
- Problem is my truck wont start plain and simple. the theft system IS engaged and wont let the engine turn over; of this i am positive. there is a slight clicking in the cab...like a relay that keeps turning over. I have done nothing to the electrical sysytem at all and as of recently this "problem" has been happening more and more often. i already pulled the theft fuse and i have tried to reset the battery and have even tried waiting the theft system out. any other options? wire cutting? anything? my truck has been OOC all day and im worried. i dont want to go to ford and have to pay out my bunghole to get it reflashed. thank you guys
Park /neutral safety switch not actuating properly ?
Try taking it out and back in to park a few times. Also try starting in neutral.
Would this safety switch cause theft system to enagage? thanks i will go try this. however I do believe PATS is not letting my vehicle reciieve any charge from the battery. guy at ford said 62$ for new pats chip and key and 80$ for a flash of ECU...
On my 01 the theft system will let the engine start but will die within about 2 seconds. The clicking sound acts like a weak battery. Charge the battery good and retry or just jump it with another battery.
ok so update:
let truck sit with no battery at all all night. woke up. took battery out of shelf and charged it completely. after charge had truck towed to adance and diagnostic tested. all is ok except for faulty MAF readings. no biggy for this problem. battery tested "ok" at autoz, advance, and wally world; except there was a reading of - 1.2 amps so there is a small drain. so I went ahead and checked all major grounds on the vehicle. cleaned almost all i could find. ended up buying a new ground from negative terminal to engine block (kept stock as well, just wired them both up). and she started up. idk if this was due to the time i just let it sit with no electricity running through it or new grounds but it worked.
also: the clicking actually is a sort of "breaker" like in your house. as you sit in your vehicle and try to use your radio it will come on then get shut off as the power gets cut off then come right back on. this is what led me to the idea that there was a short via a ground and the PATS system was detecting it. thank you all. im thinking of making a sticky on how to defuse this PATS system because after a lot of research it seems to be as easy as pulling a few fuses in certain orders and sniping a few wires. ill get on it, thank you
i know for a fact that if you try and turn the ignition with a properly cut key that is not programmed with PATS the "theft" light just blinks fast , you get no clicks at all... how do I know? The previous owner had a normal key cut for the truck, and it will do just this. For this reason the key I am speaking of only unlocks/locks my doors. I lock myself out on purpose with the truck warming up on winter mornings and use this key to get back in the truck.
i have the same spare key with no chip in it. and my actual PATS key. but when i called ford he said there is one of two options: let it sit or possibly fry the ECU and have it towed to get re-flashed. then I asked about the clicking, he said there should be clicking but it should be so quiet I shouldnt hear it. idk, well its fixed for now, ill throw up another thread if it comes up again
- thank you guys