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Old 10-06-2013
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Truck won't start

I tried to start my truck earlier and as the title says, it didn't start. I drove it over to the store to return something and when I got back in the truck I couldn't get it to do anything.

When I turn the key, nothing happens: there's no clicking like the battery is dead, the lights on the dash turn on and the radio turns on but nothing else happens. I noticed that the Theft light blinks really fast after turning the key so I don't know if it could be an issue with the anti-theft system or not.

I bought a new battery because mine is a little old but it still didn't work. When I was installing the new battery I noticed that one of the terminals is cracked and rusted, could that be the problem?

I have no clue when it comes to trucks so I am at a loss here. The truck is old (13 years) and has about 178k miles on it. I have never had to get the starter or the alternator replaced so maybe that could be the cause.

The vehicle is a 2001 2WD Ranger Edge V6 4.0L. Any thoughts on this issue would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-08-2013
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Well, after having my vehicle towed to two different shops, it has been determined that the PATS transceiver has gone bad. I took the vehicle to one shop and they ran the diagnostics but could not figure out what was wrong with it so they recommended that I take it to the Ford dealer where they told me that it's the PATS transceiver. About $462 out the door, but this got me thinking: is there a fuse that controls the PATS transceiver?

Does the description of this fuse look like it may control the transceiver? I just don't want to get screwed and pay that much money for something when it could be fixed just by replacing a fuse.

19 - 25A - PCM Power Diode, Ignition, PATS

Problem is, the truck is at the shop and they are going to be working on it tomorrow and I won't even have access to it.

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