My 2001 Ford explorer won't start


Asked by Jun 08, 2017 at 08:32 PM about the 2001 Ford Explorer XLT

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I locked my keys in my car and had to get a
locksmith to unlock it now I'm down $200 and my
car won't start because the "THEFT" light came on
thinking that someone tried to steal my car. This is
a 2001 Ford explorer wtf happened? I can't not
have a car and I don't wanna spend hundreds of
dollars to fix this shit. Can anyone help me at all?

3 Answers


Try using the key fob to arm and then disarm the alarm and see if that resets things. Disconnecting the battery for a few minutes might do the trick.


I'll try the battery, because I just have a regular key.


Unlocking the Door with Key or Remote "DisArms" the Factoryb Alarm If the "THEFT" Light is flashing, & you have "ONE" Key, then the PATS Unit & Key will need to be Programmed via Dealer Scan Tool as "Master Key" If you have "2" Keys, try the other key If "both" Keys do not start & the "THEFT" Light continues to flash, then the PATS Unit needs to be tested apprx 1 hour labor If the "THEFT" Light is NOT Flashing & just the Horn & Lights are triggered, Be sure Battery is fully charged Close Hood Lock & close all doors Leave Undisturbed for apprx 15 minutes Unlock with Key or Remote Start vehicle

Your Answer


Looking for a Used Explorer in your area?

CarGurus has 64,621 nationwide Explorer listings starting at $2,000.


Ford Explorer Experts

  • #1
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Expedition
471 Great Deals out of 20,227 listings starting at $2,500
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
843 Great Deals out of 74,143 listings starting at $500
Used Ford F-150
2,521 Great Deals out of 220,358 listings starting at $1,222
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
590 Great Deals out of 37,467 listings starting at $1,699
Used Dodge Durango
234 Great Deals out of 24,698 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Highlander
449 Great Deals out of 46,366 listings starting at $1,750
Used Ford Escape
928 Great Deals out of 106,091 listings starting at $550
Used Toyota 4Runner
311 Great Deals out of 31,474 listings starting at $2,595
Used Nissan Pathfinder
314 Great Deals out of 22,341 listings starting at $1,988
Used GMC Yukon
375 Great Deals out of 19,007 listings starting at $2,500
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2,175 Great Deals out of 151,474 listings starting at $1,995

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Ford Explorer XLT For Sale
10,283 listings starting at $25,696
2017 Ford Explorer XLT For Sale
12 Great Deals out of 1,025 listings starting at $23,899
2016 Ford Explorer XLT For Sale
24 Great Deals out of 688 listings starting at $17,775
2015 Ford Explorer XLT For Sale
63 Great Deals out of 1,504 listings starting at $14,995
2014 Ford Explorer XLT For Sale
28 Great Deals out of 751 listings starting at $11,550

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.