How to fix my no crank no start theft light problem

Asked by Aug 25, 2015 at 10:19 PM about the 2001 Ford Explorer Sport

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Changed battery and the car started fine, tried to start it this morning and the theft
light blinks rapidly and the check engine light is on as well as the battery light. When
i turn the key i hear one click from under the hood and thats it.

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Easiest thing first ... you may have a loose cable connection on the battery. Turn your lights on then try to crank the car .. if the lights go out then chances are the red + wire is loose...If that's not the problem then ... do you have another key? Try the other key because most anti-theft keys have a tiny battery inside the plastic. If the other key starts the car the get a sharp knife (Please be careful) and put the blade in the seam ... gently press and wedge the blade against the seam .. slow and gentle .. the plastic should pop in two halves. Don't leave the old battery out long .. just long enough to get enough info to order a new one .. then put the old battery back in until the new one comes New keys are available on Ebay for less than $10 and directions for programing them are easy .. but you need a working Key for the new key to copy. If the problem is the key there are lots of people on here to help you get a new key working .. Good Luck

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I don't have another key. This is what happened. I had a new key made and programmed because I lost the original. The new key was working fine until the other day. So I called the locksmith to come back out and they couldn't program another key to my car. They said maybe it was a problem with the antenna in the ignition switch but I'm not so sure.

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