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#3048 of 3348 1997 Ford Explorer - immobolizer problem
Jan 05, 2006 (5:34 pm)
Hi to everyone from the UK...
Today the central locking and immobilizer on my 1997 Ford Explorer stopped working. Meaning the key fob doesnt do anything. I (foolishly?) changed the battery in the key fob after the defect started... The cars parked up and not going anywhere until I can get the immobilizer immobilized!!
Ive read about turning the key in the ignition, "shorting" out pins in connectors etc etc but before I go down that route I wondered if anyone here had come across a similar problem in the past.
Is it that the car/fob need reprogramming? Would I be best to go to a car security expert or a fFord main dealer???
#3049 of 3348 Reprograming a key fob
Jan 06, 2006 (11:14 am)
Insert key into ignition with doors closed.
Click to on position(just short of start) then back to off position about six times.
When you hear the doors lock then unlock, leave the key in the on position then push the button on the remote with the new battery in it.
If you accidently turn the key to the off position after the locks click. Don't worry, just remove the key and insert and start over again.
This only works with the factory system.
#3050 of 3348 Re: Dealer installed DVD? [scottva22]
Jan 06, 2006 (6:31 pm)
If you can find a Mountaineer Premier, you have a pretty good chance of catching it with a factory DVD unit in it.
#3051 of 3348 DVD Entertainment
Jan 07, 2006 (7:45 am)
The DVD was not a hudgely popular option for 05 Explorers. You would be better off going to a PROFESSIONAL mobile Stero shop and having an after market unit put in.
I would not go to Best Buy, Circuit City, etc. Most car dealers DO NOT do their own stero work in house. Call your local Ford showroom and find out who they use.
#3052 of 3348 Re: DVD Entertainment [mschmal]
Jan 07, 2006 (4:36 pm)
Except for one risk - if there are electrical problems with the car afterward, the Ford Service department will always tell you - "It's the aftermarket equipment - not our problem" when you take it in for warranty work or service. That's the risk you take with any aftermarket stuff. I do agree though, you should use the store the Ford Dealer uses.
#3053 of 3348 Re: DVD Entertainment [nvbanker]
Jan 11, 2006 (8:46 am)
Thanks to all for responding. In the last week I have driven the 2006. I started looking for a 2006 V8 XLT, 3rd row, & canopy safety. The best that three different sales guys could offer me was $30K based on a $35K sticker and included the $2K back from Ford, which would go away if I chose one of the special financing options anyway. $3K off of sticker is NOT a deal, especially in light of GM announcing price cuts on 80% of their vehicles.
Does anybody see Ford changing their incentive programs in the near-term? I also read that Explorer sales are down 50%.
#3054 of 3348 Mercury Mountaineer front end parts
Jan 11, 2006 (6:56 pm)
I have recently traded my 2002 AWD Mountaineer. It had the 4.6L V-8. I really liked the car and it was so good in the ice and snow we have here in the NC mountains. But, 47,000 miles and out of warranty, the front end began to rumble. Sounded like a wheel bearing. Top local mechanic agreed so we setup a change-out. Cost of the part from NAPA Auto Parts $349.00, (wow!) Well NAPA called right back and said they could not supply the part. Called local Ford dealer, same thing. They said on "National Backorder". After two-weeks, the rumble was getting toward a growl. Local Advance guy could not get the part either and further said the part was French made and this was the reason for the unavailability. (Although Advance has it on their web site; it is still unavailable). The Advance guy added that he had knowledge that the front end of the 2002 Mountaineer was all French made, (Renault), and manufactured for a 3000 lb car with a V-6. When the application was into a 4,600 lb car with a V-8; it just was too much. My question is; is any part of this true? I panicked and gave the Merc a "good-country-trading" but I hated to do it.
#3055 of 3348 Northanna
Jan 11, 2006 (10:13 pm)
"The Advance guy added that he had knowledge that the front end of the 2002 Mountaineer was all French made, (Renault), and manufactured for a 3000 lb car with a V-6."
No, but funny how such rumors would spread. This rumor might have come because the some of the transmissions (for the V6) are built in France, while the engine is built in Cologne Germany. As for the front end, it's designed specifically for Ford, and not designed by anyone else or used anywhere else for that matter.
As it is, and comparison (depending how much you might know about front ends), Renault doesn't even build anything remotely that could accomodate an Explorer type of front end.
Or the french remark could have come out because Ford in a joint venture with Peugeot share design and manufacturing of a diesel engine used in various Ford of Europe products.
You might have a french part here and there, but it's not the whole front end for that matter.
Maybe he had a personal agenda of his own against the french maybe ? I mean, I ticked off a jewish acquaintence once when she boasted she only bought american, etc.etc and I mentioned to her, that her Explorer's engine was built in Cologne Germany... That car only lasted 2 more months in her driveway after I told her that...
#3056 of 3348 Re: Mercury Mountaineer front end parts [northanna44]
Jan 12, 2006 (9:10 am)
Let me get this straight: An approximate $500 repair on a 50,000 mile vehicle caused you to "panic" and buy a new vehicle? HUH?
C'mon. You wanted a new vehicle and this relatively minor repair was a great excuse to splurge for one. I don't like out of warranty repairs either, but in the big scheme of car ownership, this was a molehole that you made a mountain out of.
#3057 of 3348 Re: Mercury Mountaineer front end parts [daryll44]
Jan 12, 2006 (6:04 pm)
Totally agree.... There's nothing wrong with that, I've done it myself. Once I was just out of patience with a car....and traded it in a huff..... Could have had it fixed under warranty at no expense.