2003 Ford Taurus, 3.0 OHV V6, 29350 miles. Oil and coolant levels normal.
The Taurus is at my Dad’s house in Philadelphia, it has been sitting for four or five months while I was trying to get a clear title for it (long story). I’m in South Jersey. It was running when it was parked.
Sunday night I went up to put the plates on it and bring it home. The battery was completely dead and there were cracks in the battery case where I pulled the positive cable off to clean it. It was too late to get another battery.
I came up Tuesday to install a new battery. All the lights came on, the radio worked, but the engine would not turn over (starter disabled). It appears the Securilock system has disabled the car. The Theft Indicator light on the dash was flashing rapidly, from the Owner’s Manual,
“If a problem occurs with the SecuriLock system, the indicator will flash rapidly or glow steadily when the ignition is in the ON position. If this occurs, the vehicle should be taken to an authorized dealer for service.”
At this point I’m going to have to arrange to have the Taurus towed to the local Ford dealer and pay dearly.
Once I got home I did a quick search and found this on Ask.com:
“To reset a securilock system in a ford you enter your vehicle with your start key and remote and introduce your key into the ignition. Try the ignition key from ‘Off’ to ‘Run’ eight times in the first 10 seconds. Wait for the locks to click after the eighth cycle and press and hold any button on your remote. Hold the button for up to 30 seconds until the locks automatically click again. Ford Securilock Problems are theft damage and signal interference.”
Does anybody know if sitting with a completely dead battery would cause the Securilock system to need reseeting? Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance,