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

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