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Ford's Anti-Theft System: Any Way to Disconnect?

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  • Ford's Anti-Theft System: Any Way to Disconnect?

    My otherwise perfectly fine Ford Ranger pickup is sitting in my backyard, unmovable, because the anti-theft system mistakenly believes someone was trying to steal it. The computer thinks this, and I don't know why -- but the entire truck is shut down. We have tried every internet "trick" I could find, used both of "magic" keys and still no dice. We literally have to have someone tow our truck out of our backyard and to a DEALER to reprogram it to recognize our "magic" keys.


    I actually have two questions.

    1. Is there any way I can have the dealer disconnect this stupid sysem?

    2. Is this on every newer model Ford truck? I was considering trading this Ranger in on a bigger truck to haul the horses. But I will NEVER have another truck with this asinine "anti-theft" scam installed.

    So, can they stop protecting me from myself by disconnecting it? And, can I get a new Ford without this b-s?


  • #2
    I don't know the answer to your question, but would encourage you to look for one of the Ford truck forums. There are many online and they are usually great for info like this.
    As Peter, Paul, and Mary say, a dragon lives forever.


    • #3
      Surely you can find a mechanic to disconnect it for a few $$. Look on your local Craigslist under services/automobiles


      • #4
        Have you tried disconnecting the battery completely, waiting a few minutes, and then reconnecting it?

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        • #5
          If a anti-theft device can be disabled by an average person it's not much of a anti-theft device. It seems the thieves find ways to steal stuff anyway. That situation would certainly tick me off. Good luck.


          • Original Poster

            Starhouse, yes we did. Apparently, once this thing decides someone is trying to steal it, it becomes invincible. A total scam, though. The sensors can (and apparently often do) go haywire. This is an expensive consumer fraud if you ask me. Passive Anti-Theft System.

            I love the anti-theft system on my Jeep. In the owner's manual, under anti-theft system, it tells you how to lock the doors. That is all. Prevent theft? Lock your damn door. Screw over the owner? Let a computer decide when to randomly disable the entire vehicle.



            • #7
              I had a 1994 Ford Ranger for 15 years and loved that little thing, but it didn't have any such in it.
              When I didn't need it any more, it was between the Ranger and my 1990 F150 4x4, the Ranger had to go because it won't pull my GN.

              Now my neighbor has the Ranger and it is still going strong for them, around 200,000+ miles on it now, still on the original package.

              Be sure when you trade it that you get good price for it, they really have good resale value.
              I heard they quit making them, but am not sure.

              Too bad that one system has you locked down.
              Have you called the Ford company about it and see what they tell you?


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                • Original Poster

                  After a great deal of research through the forums and across the internet, this is what I have learned -- consider this a Public Service Announcement.

                  If your Ford vehicle is 2008 or newer, it has a PATS (passive anti-theft security) system known as SecuriLock. This system WILL FAIL on you, the only question is WHEN (not if, but WHEN). Well, unless you trade it in, total or otherwise get rid of it before it fails...

                  WHEN the system fails, there is nothing a consumer can do but have the vehicle towed to a DEALER.

                  Now, if your key fails and you have a spare, you can start it with your spare. If you just have a minor "glitch," you may be able to start it using a variety of little "tricks" such as disconnecting the battery for a period of time.

                  But here is the dirty little secret: the RECEIVING SENSOR in the system is known to fail at around the the 7-year mark (between 7 and 10 years). Ours is a 2006 ... plus 7 years = 2013. Bingo!

                  When the receiving sensor fails, you have to have your vehicle towed to a dealer (from wherever it was you last left it, as in if you are out in the back field with your 4x4 working on fence, you'll have to have it towed from the back field). The dealer is the only one who can install a new sensor, reprogram the system and reprogram your keys.

                  Our truck is sitting in our back yard, where we had driven it to unload some furniture into our basement. We are leaving on vacation tomorrow. Truck will sit until we get back. After we get it towed to the nearest dealer, I'll happily report back how much this Ford system failure ended up costing us.

                  Since they charge $150 to reprogram a single lost key (DH went down that road before we met), I imagine this will put a nice dent in the budget.

                  All this on a truck that runs like a top is maintained in pristine condition by my OCD DH!



                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Bluey View Post
                    I had a 1994 Ford Ranger for 15 years and loved that little thing, but it didn't have any such in it.

                    The Ranger and Mazda B-Series same/same we used the Mazda as courier trucks and would run them to nearly 500,000 miles each... never did more than average repairs