Your Ford F 250 doesn’t start anymore and you know it’s because of your immobilizer but you don’t know specifically how it works or how to find it? We will try to provide you with an answer in this article.
First, we will describe what this famous immobilizer is for and just how it works on your Ford F 250.
Anti-start utility on your Ford F 250:
This one is of course used as an anti-theft protection. Indeed, it is programmed in order to start your Ford F 250 only if the key containing this code is inserted. We think of these movies where thieves manipulate a few wires under the dashboard to start the engine, which is very unlikely with the anti-start system.
Anti-start operation on your Ford F 250:
To put it simply, we have a transmitter and a receiver that function together to validate the operation and as a result switch on the engine. The immobilizer provides the transmitter, and will therefore issue a code request when the key is inserted in your Ford F 250. Think of this transmitter as a doorkeeper who would ask for an entry code when someone knocked at the door.
This code request is directed to the key, which in turn, sends a unique user code, specific to the start system, and if this code matches, then the anti-start will make the engine start.
The procedure is very simple. However, when mentionning double safety, we also mean potentially more chances of breakdowns or various failures unfortunately.
In the next paragraph, you will find the various breakdowns you could face on your Ford F 250.
There may be various reasons that prevent your Ford F 250 from starting because of the immobilizer. First of all, stupidly, you’re not using the right key. It may seem trivial but it happens!
If you have the right key, you have two options left:
- Option n1: The transmitter is involved, so the immobilizer. Usually, it is easy to identify if you have a duplicate key. If, with the two keys of your Ford F 250, you have the same problem, then it is the anti-start that is flawed and therefore must be replaced or disabled. Completing this task will cost less than replacing it, but your car will be more exposed to theft and your insurance may not cover you if your car is stolen.
- Option n2: The problem comes from the receiver, the key, which transponder has been broken. This can be replaced for less money by a professional than the anti-start system.
If you contact your mechanic, he will obviously offer to tow your Ford F 250 and charge a high price for everything, he will not give you the code easily. For security reasons alone, it is legally impossible to transmit the code to you. You must send your car.
- – First try to find where the failure on your Ford F 250 came from. Then act accordingly. It would be a shame to change the entire immobilizer system when the key is defective.
- – Make a quote at a garage and then consider an alternative at an online professional, which will often be more efficient and less expensive.
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