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Old 09-20-2017, 05:25 PM   #1
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I have a 2000 Ford Explorer. The car came with a remote, the ignition key, and another key for the anti theft that's placed below the steering wheel. I lost that key and my car won't start without it. Does anyone know what they are called and where I could get a copy

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Old 09-21-2017, 12:26 PM   #2
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That is not a Ford Factory anti-theft system. The missing key is not from Ford, is unique to your vehicle because someone installed an aftermarket security system.

You will need to identify the manufacturer and source a key from them, or seek installation instructions for that product so you can uninstall it, OR trace the wires from it to see what it is doing to prevent the vehicle from starting.

What you observe when trying to start it should provide clues on how to uninstall without manufacturer assistance. For example, is the starter engaging? If not then it would appear to have a starter interrupt, as that was not a part of the Ford factory anti-theft until a later model year.

"IF" the Ford anti-theft is causing a problem it will rapidly blink the anti-theft dash light and for your model year, cut off the fuel injectors. This is a problem independent of your not having the key you mention. However it is also possible that the aftermarket security cuts off the injectors, or the ignition.

You could troubleshoot it this way but frankly it would be easier to just follow the wires to see what it taps into. Essentially what it's likely to be is that a factory wire necessary for one of these subsystems to function, has been cut and connected through the aftermarket security system.

You would disconnect those two wire (ends) from the aftermarket system and reconnect them to each other. They will be the same color wire, with a non-OEM splice. It should be fairly obvious when you see it.

If it were instead a thief trying to hot wire a vehicle with this system on it, know that removing it still won't get the vehicle started because of the Ford factory system also being present, that needs the Ford key with a paired (vehicle programmed to accept it) transponder in it.
Please post your vehicle year/model/engine/(n)WD in help topics.

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