HELP!!!!!! Car Anti-Theft systems - How to unlock??????

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  1. Ashmeade

    Ashmeade Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Does anyone know anything about car anti-theft systems? I have a 2000 Ford Focus that battery went dead and theft system locked the frickin car down and it will not start. We got a new battery and I am going to try disconnecting the battery for the afternoon to see if that resets it but did not know if anyone had any other suggestions. That was all the dealership could advise to other than have it towed in.
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Dang, I can't remember how it works. But yes, let it sit and then pop in the new battery and let it sit some more. Wear earplugs.

    You might as well check out the Ford website and see if there's any info. Also, call another dealership and talk to their shop people.
  3. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

    Dec 19, 2009
    Southwest TN
    I think Ranchie is right. Disconnect the battery and let it sit for a few minutes and when you put the new one on it should reset it.
  4. ebwy

    ebwy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 10, 2009
    my fiance (a mechanic) says you need to put the code into the radio. in the back of your service manual or instructions for either the radio or car itself, there's the code. Put that into the radio and it'll all be ok. If it's got the beta lock system, that'll do it. if not, your radio will work but nothing else!
  5. Ashmeade

    Ashmeade Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Nothing is working as car is totally locked and car locked starter. We tried the battery and I called 3 different dealerships. Looks like car has to be towed in!

  6. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2009
    Central, N.C.
    The 2000 focus is equipped with the P.A.T.S.II(Passive Anti Theft System). When the system is activated, you will have a maximum of 3 attempts to start the car every 15min. The starter will turn the engine during these attempts. After 3 failed attempts the starter is also locked out and you will have to take it to the dealer to get the P.A.T.S. reset. If it is activated the little light in the dash will blink fast repeatedly or will burn constantly when the key is turned to the run/on position. There are ways around this but if you are not familiar with how it works, you're better off to leave it alone. A really nice dealer will turn this crap off. Some will tell you that they can't, but I had it turned off on my 05' Excursion. I've seen too many folks stranded because of a malfunctioning P.A.T.S. If a thief wants your car, he already knows how to get it and the P.A.T.S. won't stop him.

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