Our automobiles have evolved over the years and are now an integral part of our lives. They have moved from being a luxury to a necessity today. Ford is one of the largest manufacturers of automobiles in the world, and one of the most popular brands in the industry.
Technology has grown multifold in the last two decades. It is now integrated into every machine we make today. Ford cars are no different. They are packed with technologically driven features, designed to make our lives easier.
How to Reset Anti Theft System Ford?
The anti-theft system is one such feature created to protect our vehicle from being stolen, as the name rightly suggests. When the system detects that a person is trying to start the car by using a fake key or some other unconventional method, it ensures that the engine does not start by shutting the supply of power to the engine. Needless to say, this feature is key to the security of our cars, keeping us free of worries.
But, what happens when the anti-theft system is accidentally activated and you aren’t able to start your own car? What if there was an attempted theft but now you can’t unlock it yourself? Could there be a problem with the key or is the technology malfunctioning? It can be pretty irritating if you don’t know how to fix this.
Before you try the possible ways to reset the anti-theft system, you should first check the car’s battery. If the battery is drained out, the system is unlikely to read any method of trying to reset it.
Here is a useful guide to resetting anti-theft system on your Ford once you are sure that the battery is well-charged.
Turn on the Ignition
When the anti-theft system is activated accidentally, most people suspect a faulty key. While this could be a possible reason, it is a bleak one because the keys made by Ford are usually strong and sturdy. So, before you look to get your key replaced or repaired, try these simple steps to reset the anti-theft system of your Ford.
- Insert the key into the ignition and turn it on to the position where the accessories are activated but not the engine. The display of the car behind the steering will light up and will show the anti-theft light blinking or constantly lit.
- Leave the key in this position for at least 10 minutes.
- Check the anti-theft light again. If it is not lit up anymore, turn the key back to off and leave it for a couple of minutes.
- Now try to start the engine. The car’s engine should start as you have successfully reset the anti-theft system of your Ford.
- Repeat the process at least a couple of times if it does not work the first time.
Insert key in the door lock
This method uses the door lock of your Ford to reset the system.
- Insert the key into the door lock, on the driver’s side door.
- Turn it on, but don’t turn it back. Instead, hold the position for 40-60 seconds. This indicates to the system that you have the right key.
- Also, do the same by turning the key in the opposite direction and holding the position.
- Now remove the key from the door and insert into the ignition. Start the engine.
Check the key
Like we mentioned earlier, the Ford’s keys are strong, sturdy, and well-made. However, there could be damage to the key or its in-built chip. If neither method works, try them with a second key that you might have of the car. If the second key helps, your original key is at fault and you will need to get your key replaced or repaired. However, the chances of this happening are bleak.
Check the door lock
If nothing is wrong with the key, check the door lock. There could be damage to the lock due to attempted theft. The car might have activated the anti-theft system from damage caused to the door lock as a result of any tools being used to unlock the door.
With the above methods, you can easily reset the anti-theft system of your Ford. Tell us if these worked for you or if you chose any other methods to do the same.