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Jan 27, 2008 (7:48 am)
While my wife was coming home one night her van started acting funny, the steering wheel became extremely hard to turn and the brake pedal would not depress, the gas would not depress, she had to use the parking brake to stop the van. We had it towed home, and now the vehicle will not start. I can hear the fuel pump engage when the key is turned to the run position, it cannot be jumped off, and the alternator is working, any ideas? Your help would be greatly appreciated.
#31 of 111 Disarm the Alarm of a 99Villager
Mar 01, 2008 (10:29 am)
We seem to have a broken alarm control unit (per our repair shop people) on a 99 Mercury Villager
They have deactivated the alarm yesterday as we did not (yet) want to replace the unit. Today on a Saturday (the shop is closed) the alarm is active, not allowing to start the engine and with horn signal going off.
We do not have a remote control (it is broken too)
So how can we deactivate the alarm system at least temporarily ?
Any advice is welcome.
#32 of 111 Re: Disarm the Alarm of a 99Villager [hfamerikaner]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Mar 01, 2008 (12:15 pm)
In theory, opening either side door or the back hatch using the key is supposed to disarm the alarm system. Try locking one of the doors and then unlocking it with the key. Then stick the key in the ignition and turn it to the ACC position.
But I'm guessing you've tried that.
There are a bunch of sensors and switches and maybe one of those is bad, Check the door locks, especially the rear hatch lock to make they look oriented correctly and aren't loose. And tap on all the courtesy light switches in the doors. Open and shut the hood. May as well retighten the battery connections too.
I have a '99 Quest factory manual and I don't see any override buttons like my Subaru has that will let you crank the car in spite of the alarm having been triggered.
#33 of 111 Re: Disarm the Alarm of a 99Villager [steve_]
Mar 01, 2008 (2:17 pm)
thank you so much for your help.
the trick is the rear hatch lock. I did not try that before (tried only the drivers door) - It did the trick.
Interestingly even the people the Ford/Mercury dealer did not have this advise.
#34 of 111 Re: Disarm the Alarm of a 99Villager [hfamerikaner]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Mar 01, 2008 (2:50 pm)
Glad to hear it.
My '97 Outback's alarm has gone crazy on me a few times this winter and it's so frustrating I almost ripped it out a couple of times. But I like the fobs and on that car, the fobs won't work if the alarm is disabled.
btw, I've seen people say they got replacement Villager/Quest fobs off eBay for under $10 although I've never priced them myself.
#35 of 111 Ball joints repair
Mar 03, 2008 (8:42 am)
Can anyone give me step by step- ball joints replacement on a 98 mercury villager. Is it a long job ? a difficult job? do i need any special tools? Thanks..
#36 of 111 Re: Disarm the Alarm of a 99Villager [steve_]
Mar 07, 2008 (4:48 pm)
here I am again ...
Did anyone ever successfully reprogram a new key fob for a 99 villager?
The instructions say that you have to be inside the car with all doors locked.
With this, insert and remove the key into the ignition 6 times. Then the tail lamps will flash, turn the key to ACC and then press any button on the transmitter.
I cannot get to the first milestone with the flashing tail lamps.
One thing: I do not have original Mercury keys - I have only 3rd party keys (but they work fine).
Does anyone know if the original key contains anything which the replacement key might not?
Any other ideas/recommendations?
#37 of 111 Re: Disarm the Alarm of a 99Villager [hfamerikaner]
Mar 07, 2008 (5:35 pm)
Follow these instructions carefully. Your copied key should work fine. There is nothing special about the original keys.
Programming keyless entry remotes for the Quest and Villager:
1. Close and lock all doors.
2. Insert key into ignition and remove it at least 6 times within 10
seconds. (Instrument panel lamps, side marker lamps, tail lamps, and license
plate lamp will flash twice).
3. Insert key and turn to ACC position.
4. Push any button on the remote controller once. (Instrument panel lamps,
side marker lamps, tail lamps, and license plate lamp will flash twice).
At this time, the remote controller is programmed into the vehicle. Any old
codes will have been erased.
5. To program any additional remotes, unlock and lock the doors with
the power lock button on the driver's door. Repeat step 4. Up to 4
remotes can be programmed into the vehicle.
6. To end programming mode, open the driver's door.
If your van doesn't have keyless entry, you won't get past step 2.
#38 of 111 Re: Disarm the Alarm of a 99Villager [junebug1701]
Mar 07, 2008 (6:19 pm)
Thank you for this fast reply,
I still cannot get past step 2.
my van has keyless entry as the old key fob worked well until it broke; it did not open the car (internal contacts were broken) and the repair shop guy dumped it. He thinks the control module is bad- but is not sure.
Unfortunately I have no way to recover the old key fob and try to fix the contacts.
A new control unit would cost me $600, SO I want to be very sure that this is the problem.
Is there no other way to diagnose the problem?
#39 of 111 Re: Disarm the Alarm of a 99Villager [hfamerikaner]
Mar 10, 2008 (12:35 pm)
I read the procedure in the '99 service manual and it is worded slightly different. Try it this way first:
1. Close and lock all doors.
2. Insert key into and remove it from ignition key cylinder more than six times within 10 seconds. (Lamps will flash twice.)
Note: -Key should be withdrawn from ignition key cylinder completely each time.
-If procedure is performed too fast, system will not enter registration mode.
3. Insert ignition key into ignition key cylinder and turn to ACC position. Original (previous) ID codes are now erased.
4. Push any button on remote controller once. (Lamps will flash twice.) Remote controller ID code is now entered.
5. Unlock and open driver's door. (Lamps will flash twice as a termination reminder.)
If that doesn't work, you should check all the relevant fuses. Download the service manual for the '99 Quest here:
If all the fuses check out, and you're convinced the "smart entrance control unit" is bad, I suggest getting one from a junkyard. One from a Villager or a Quest will work fine, and it doesn't necessarily have to be a '99.