anti-theft and coded key replacement

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Asked by Jul 04, 2007 at 01:19 PM about the 1998 Ford Explorer

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

we have an XLT that someone tried to steal and destroyed the ignition. we replaced the ignition, but to no avail. it is anti-theft and has the coded keys. we got a new steering column w/coded keys, installed it and the car still isn't catching. it sounds like it's going to start, but won't actually turn over. do we need to have the keys reprogrammed? what else could the problem be if not? any assistance w/this matter would be appreciated. please and thank you.

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Hi JCall ... I'm not sure, from what you have told me, that your anti-theft system is the problem at all. If it is firing at all (i.e. sounding "like it is going to start") than there's a non-start issue, not an anti-theft problem. I'm not even sure the car will allow you to attempt to start it if the anti-theft is engaged. Call your local Ford dealer and ask the service manager if your Explorer will even engage under an anti-theft lock down, Explain your problem and see if that sounds like anti-theft to him. Good luck!

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