Ford car won’t start – Do you have a Ford car key problem?

This is a really easy one. It depends on what type of Ford you have. If it’s an older style key, like the one below, in fifteen years, we’ve very rarely seen a Ford car key problem that stops the car starting. The transponder chips are excellent quality.  Therefore, even if you have problems with the key falling apart, or buttons not working, this shouldn’t effect the car or van starting.

Ford Car Key Problem

Standard Ford Remote Key

However, we’re starting to see issues with the newer style of Ford car keys, both the standard flip key and the proximity, or ‘smart’ keys that were introduced around 2010. If your Ford car won’t start and you have either of the keys below, it’s possible you have a Ford car key problem. Read more below.

 

Symptoms of a Ford Car Key Problem

Does the car try and start? Is the car turning over, or cranking?

The immobiliser works by preventing the starter motor, among other things, from working. Therefore, if the car is winding over, but not firing up, then you can be certain you don’t have a Ford car key problem. However, if it won’t even try and start, then the key is worth looking at.

There is an immobiliser light on early Fords. It’s always red and it’s normally a red dot, or a red padlock symbol. There are three things the Ford immobiliser light will do.

Immobiliser, or ‘PATs’ Light

Normal operation. With no keys in the ignition, or the car locked up, the red light will flash once every second. This is normal and means the immobiliser is set. When you turn the ignition on, the red light should come on for a second then go out.

If this happens, the car is happy with the key and you don’t have a car key problem.

Immobiliser light flashing. This time, when you turn the ignition on, the light flashes very quickly, about four times faster than before.

If this happens then the car does not recognise the key. We see this when either the key hasn’t been programmed, or the cloned chip has failed.

Sometimes, if a Ford Focus or Mondeo has been stood for a long time and the battery has gone flat, the car forgets the keys. However, we don’t any other Ford cars where the keys are forgotten. If you’re being told to ‘get the keys reprogrammed’ because the car has forgotten them, wait a bit and get your car key checked first.

Immobiliser light solid red. We don’t see this much, but sometimes, if there’s a different problem on the car, such as a communications fault, the light stays on red. The car will not crank and this will look like a key problem.

A solid red light needs to be investigated by a skilled technician.

What to look at with Ford vehicles.

Even though Ford keys are excellent, there are a couple of exceptions to look for. About ten years ago, the clever people at the key factories managed to work out how to clone the key, just like Dolly the sheep, remember her?

Things didn’t work out too well for her but cloning car keys changed things for ever. Cloned keys are what you buy at key cutting shops and are  cheaper than a properly programmed car key.

Ford Car key problem

Different types of Cloing chips

There are more Ford cars in the UK than any other make, and so more Ford cloned keys than any other. We started to see problems with Ford car keys caused by cloned keys and they are still a major issue, in our opinion.

Cloning chips fail, and whenever we attend a car key breakdown on a Ford, it’s normally a cloned car key problem. We’ve only ever seen two genuine Ford chips fail in sixteen years, we think that’s excellent record. Compare this with any French key on Citroen and Peugeot cars and we see them every week!

The other exception is Ford Transit vans like the one below.

 

These have a new type of chip, that is on all french vehicles and the scourge of the motor trade. When this type of key is dropped and damaged, the chip does fail and the van will not start. Look for a flashing immobiliser light and no crank. Yes, most likely you need a new key.

Key not detected

The newer Ford cars do not have an immobiliser light. They have a display that will tell you what the problem is.

 

 

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The increase in proximity smart keys is causing a big problem for owners. These keys are very delicate inside and we’re starting to see car key breakdowns, caused by a failure of the key. The car will display a  Ford car key problem message by telling you  ‘key not detected’ on the dashboard.

 

When this happens, more often than not,  you need a new car key. However, before you spend a lot of money on one, make sure you put a new car key battery inside. This type of key won’t let you start the car if the key battery dies! What a stupid idea..

Another common reason for this message is poor car key battery choice. All these keys need a good quality CR2032, and anything without a good brand should be thrown in the bin! (Well recycled in a car key battery facility!)

Ford Cars Stolen without keys

This is a big problem and is on the increase. If you have a keyless Ford car, you should click here.

How good are Ford Keys compared to other keys? Click Here to find out. We hope this has helped. Any questions please leave in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

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98 replies
  1. paul
    paul says:

    no immobiliser red light at all on my transit obviously wont start all dash lights come on with key any ideas please

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  2. mantas valeckas
    mantas valeckas says:

    Hi,

    i have an issue with my ford mondeo mk4 2008 titanium. when i insert the key apear message imobiliser active and car not doing anything. motor not crank or make any other noise. on dash is only imobiliser active. What can be the issue. What i need to do? please help

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  3. Tina
    Tina says:

    Help, my car won’t start. Thought it was the key but it’s not. The car is dead, no horn/hazard lights nothing

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  4. Binz
    Binz says:

    I owned a ford fiesta zxi 2007 model…
    The problem is my car is not getting started… when i insert the key it’s playing free inside key set and not wrkng…

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  5. Ash martin
    Ash martin says:

    Hi I have a Ford Focus 2007 1.8 ghia car won’t start Immobiliser light flashes won’t turn over or anything

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      • David
        David says:

        Hi Steve,
        I have a Ford ztec 2005 plate, I’m having problems with the immobiliser, flashing red constantly, my friend who is a auto electrician, said its the immobiliser,
        How much is a new key please Steve.

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        • Steve Bulleyment
          Steve Bulleyment says:

          Hi David. Firstly, it’s very unusual for the keys to go faulty. In 15 years I’ve seen a couple.
          Have you had your key checked? Take it to a local Timpsons or a car key shop and ask them to check whether the chip reads ok

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  6. Jody
    Jody says:

    Hi, I have a 2006 fiesta tdi. When I insert the key the immobiliser light flashes and gives code 1 3. If the key is left in the ignition for around 20 seconds before starting it will fire up ok. This happens on all three keys. Any ideas what could be causing this?

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  7. Chris sayer
    Chris sayer says:

    I have a 53 plate Ford Fiesta and the key has been temperamental the last few weeks well now it won’t open the car at all, I’m able to gain access to the car but now the imobillser is stopping it from starting. Please can you help? What are my options?

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    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi Chris, that’s odd. Have you changed anything on the key other than the battery? Does the car try and crank?

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  8. john
    john says:

    Hi Steve.
    Wondered if you could help me, i have a kit car with a focus 1.8 Zetec in, iv’e had a intermittent starting problem for some time now
    and it seems to have got worse,
    Iv’e discovered that when it wont start the immobiliser light flashes fast and when it lights up and goes out it starts fine.
    Iv’e drilled a small hole in the key casing to expose the front of the chip thinking the transponder might not be picking up the chip but it’s made no difference.
    Would really appreciate if you could help as i’m unable to use the car at the moment.
    Thanks John.

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  9. asanda
    asanda says:

    Hi, I have a 1997 ford fiesta 1.3 and it does not want to start. when i turn the key it switches on and that’s it. Then that flash light (immobolizer) flashes too much. I did send it to a mechanic and they fixed the barrel. after that it started and it failed again a month later.

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  10. Richard
    Richard says:

    Hi
    I have replaced the ignition barrel on a Mondeo 2002. Ignition lights come on but no crank. Immobiliser light flashes very quickly, I still have key that use to start it & have held it close to ignition to send signal but still no start? Help

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    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi Richard, sorry for the delay in replying, I have been away. When the barrel is replaced, the key that comes with it needs coding to the car. Sometimes you can get away with what you are trying to do ( holding it close ) but if there is an unprogrammed chip in the new ignition, the car may just be confused. Did you get this sorted out?

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  11. Jennifer Cater
    Jennifer Cater says:

    Hi, on a caravan holiday 3 hours from home with kids. please help. Have a Ford S Max 55 plate. Key fob wouldn’t open car so used the key from.inside the fob. Once inside, car wont start at all. I have tried to place the key inside the detector hub by the wheel but no lights or any response at all from the car. Any advice please?? Please help

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    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi Jennifer. Sorry I’ve just seen this. Do the hazard lights work? It sounds like you have a flat battery

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  12. Adrian
    Adrian says:

    Hi Steve, I have a 13 reg Grand C-Max. Was on holiday on the south coast and on last day keys opened car but said engine immobilised. There is no sound when trying to start the car. Radio worked at first but not after the rac had tried various attempts to solve the problem. Any ideas? Could the spare key at home work or when it is towed back should I get it towed straight to a garage?
    Many thanks.

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  13. Christine
    Christine says:

    Hi Steve, we’ve just purchased a 2009 Ka Studio for our daughter – no problem with starting but we only have one key, I don’t believe the car was ever fitted with central locking, but I believe it should have an immobilizer – the key we have looks very basic and I can’t see an obvious red or blue square to show that its programmable for the immobilizer. Do you know how we can get a couple of spare keys cut?

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    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Morning Christine, sorry we’ve been away. Ok so there is a chip in this key, and so when you get a new key, it will need to be one with a chip also. There are alot of Ford Ka cars that do not have a remote control. The only way to check this is by asking the Ford Dealer. Getting a spare key can be a bit tricky, depending on where you are. There are two ways of getting a key. the first is to clone the key. This is really common in key cutting shops. We don’t believe that the quality of the chips are as good as a proper Ford transponder chip. In the past they have suffererd from poor life, and we’ve seen many cloned keys that stop giving out a signal one day.
      The other way is to contact a local Auto Locksmith. If they are good, they’ll have the equipment to make a chip and code it to the car. It’s trickier than a standard Ford, but we do lots of them so hopefully this won’t be a problem for you.

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  14. Paul anderson
    Paul anderson says:

    Hi I have a Ford Focus 1.8 tacit mk2 and battery light came on and was told alternator so replaced it and seemed to work but then while driving the power went off and stopped working.
    I got it home and now won’t crank but have replaced starter, earthed everything again checked all fuses and relays so believable it’s the immobiliser and does flash fast on the dash, I’m looking for any help to get the car started thanks

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    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi Paul. Do you know how to read Ford flash codes ? The car will tell you what’s up if you can read the code

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  15. Hollie
    Hollie says:

    Hi Steve, can you help me please. I have a 2008 1.8 TDCI Ford Focus and it doesnt want to start all the time. I turn the key, no cranking, lights are on and just nothing happens. Then i can leave this 5 minutes try again and the car starts fine. Do you know what this could be? Thank you.

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    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi Hollie
      Well the fact that it starts sometimes is good because you know the key is coded ok. When the car won’t start and it won’t crank, have you noticed what the immobiliser light does? It should be a red light.

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  16. Mike Turner
    Mike Turner says:

    Hi Steve, can you help ?
    I have a 2009 Fiesta Zetec, the immobiliser light flashes rapidly, code 1 6, is this the key ?
    It did run out of power a couple of months ago and I recharged the battery, all lights on and no power issues now, but fails to start on a regular basis, getting very frustrating as no engine issues when it does work.
    My local garage had a look, told me to replace the whole instrument panel, cost £500 !
    It does not crank when the light is rapidly flashing, what else can I try?
    Replace fuses, new battery, new key ?…please advise

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    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi Mike
      Sorry for the delay in replying, I’ve been away. This is common, and although it looks like a key fault, it isn’t.
      Another common symptom is horizontal ‘dashes’ where the mileage should be. Do you have these dashes?

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  17. Dylan Wilson
    Dylan Wilson says:

    Hi. I’m getting a 1.6 code coming up on my Ford Focus MK2 2005. It used to be intermittent, but now won’t start at all. The instrument cluster looks normal. Any ideas?

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    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi Dylan
      Code 16 looks like it’s a key fault. The PATS light flashes quickly and the car won’t crank. However, as far as we know, this isn’t a key fault.
      This is normally a fault that needs to be looked at by a Ford specialist. Not much help I know, but as far as we know its a module fault. I’ll try and find out more a reply later on

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  18. RDog
    RDog says:

    Hello Steve, I am looking for some advice on a ‘surf’ key for an ’07 S-Max. So the intention is I can get a manual key which will get wet, soaking wet. I will lock the car manually with this key, go surfing with the key in my wetsuit, return and open the car manually. Then I will retrieve my normal key from inside the car and either press unlock on the remote or put it into position 2 in the ignition to avoid the alarm sounding, When I visited a well known national key cutter the assistant said this wasn’t a good idea with a Ford as after a number of uses of a manual unlock the car may decide it has been stolen and go into ‘lock down’ not starting or functioning for a number of hours or days. I have not been able to find any further information about this, do you have any knowledge of this system and if this is likely to occur? Many thanks.

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    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi Tim.
      Thanks for the question. There are a couple of different questions here really.
      Every month we cut ‘surf keys’ for our customers, so that they can go out, get the keys wet and then do exactly what you describe.
      I have never heard of the ‘lock down’ problem an I think the person has been told an old wives tale.
      Or maybe he’s had a bad experience of cloning a key, and it not working after a few attempts. This has been a problem with cloned keys in the past and National chains tend to clone, instead of programme directly into the memory.
      So yes, what you want to do is normal.
      As a side, when we cut keys for the auctions in order just for them to start, ( so the cheapest possible job ), we always do ‘surf keys’, non remote keys.
      Lastly the question is ‘should I be leaving my car keys inside my car?’
      I can see why you want to do it. If the car got broken into and stolen, you wouldn’t be insured. Plus, if you lose your key out in the water, you’ll have a problem. However, lots of surfers and sailors manage this problem and it sounds like you are happy with your way of enjoying a bit of surfing, it sounds like fun!
      So just ignore the ‘lock down’ advice, It’s possible they were trying to up-sell you a remote key?
      All the best :)

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      • RDog
        RDog says:

        Thank you very much for your reply. I suspected as much, the gentleman was genuinely concerned and actually talked himself out of a sale! From what I now understand using a manual key with a transponder there would be no need to keep the remote key in the car and the transponder will survive the water. As per your advice I will call a local auto locksmith and get a programmed key, and then keep their number for when I need it!. Again, many thanks for your advice.

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  19. Dan
    Dan says:

    Hi Steve,

    I am getting “immobilizer malfunction Service Now” on my screen of a 64 plate Ford Fiesta. All lights come on as normal and when turning key to start I get a few beeps and the error message.

    Any ideas?

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  20. Byron B
    Byron B says:

    Hi,
    I have a 13 ford focus se and am getting the ” no key detected ” reading on dash. Recently the car had gotten some water inside of it, but all other electronics are working fine. Could you please help me try to resolve this issue.
    Thanks,
    Byron B

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  21. dan simpson
    dan simpson says:

    Hi Steve,
    i have a ford focus zetec 2004 model.
    Is it possible that the car can not recognise the coded key during travel?
    just broke down today and car would not start although AA could turn the engine over by other means so not battery related.
    after a diagnostic check one of the faults was immobilizer key faulty B1342.
    AA guy had a hunch that system tried to shut down during the journey as key chip suddenly not recognised.
    Can this happen and is the only fix to get new keys from ford which could be pricey…
    many thanks in advance for any advice/thoughts.
    Dan

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    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi Dan

      Ok, so you could start the car with the chip and then take it away and the car will run all day.
      So it isn’t the key. It may be possible the immobiliser has developed a fault, but it’s not the key, sorry

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  22. TLD1983
    TLD1983 says:

    Hi… please please help! Ok so my fiesta worked fine for 2 years. The car was stood from Nov-Feb as I thought it was being taken by the finance co. and had to get a cheap runaround. Anyway turns out they don’t want the car back so I could keep it. Tried to start it, at first the car tried to start but the battery was dead. We tried to jump start it from my old car with no joy. Then it went to just clicking when turning the key. So we thought… needs a new battery! Changed it and nothing. Had RAC out. He at first said start motor? Then he said it’s the keys. Gave us a number for a guy who came out. He tried to use a diagnostic computer and it won’t connect to the car. So…. he charged us £20 call out and left. A friend of my partner who is a mechanic came out to plug his computer in and said the same- car won’t read computer. So I am left with no car (sold old one thinking it would be fine after new battery!). A car that ran fine and DID try to start before the battery was changed. And now nothing. I have read your advice- the immobiliser light does the rapid flashing thing. I rang Ford dealer he basically said I would have to get car there and it would be a costly process to try and find the fault without it recognising the computer. He did say to check for fuses gone and to maybe try to connect battery cables together for a minute but nothing works. I am at my wits end as having had RAC man, a key man and his mate look at it already I am at a loss? I have had a really rubbish time in my life in the past couple of years and now I have lost my car and my freedom and just want the thing to work! Any ideas?

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    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi, sorry to hear your trouble.
      If there’s no communication, then it normally means there is a problem on the car. It sounds like one of the units is staying asleep instead of being powered up.

      It needs a local expert, I can’t imagine anyone can help you remotely, sorry

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  23. Ashleigh Little
    Ashleigh Little says:

    Hello. I have a ford focus 2005, my car wont start the immobilizer light keeps flashing.
    What do i do?

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  24. Paul
    Paul says:

    Hi. I have 07 focus petrol.
    Intermittently the car won’t start. It will crank over but no ignition. At times when there is no ignition the immobiliser will flash very quickly and dashes come up on the odometer, sometimes a red cog will show on the dash.
    Any ideas to what is causing this?

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    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi Paul, it isn’t the key, sorry. The dashes where the miles should be are sometimes caused by a comms problem

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  25. Ross Jones
    Ross Jones says:

    Hi Steve, really hoping you can help after just reading your article on Ford Key issues.
    I have a Ford Transit Van on an 08 plate. Getting the red flashing immobilser light and the engine wont crank. Is there a way of knowing if its definitely the key or the immobiliser thats at fault before I shed out £175 on a replacement key?

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  26. Troy
    Troy says:

    Hello Steve

    Own a 2002 Ford Fiesta and it won’t start. Was recently driving and the car lost power then the EAC light came on. This is not the first this occurred but usually when it does, I turn the car off, then start it back up and it runs fine. This time after shutting it off the car will not start. The immobilizer key/car light is flashing and flashes rapaidly when trying to start the car. Checked the fuses, no issues there. Hearing a clicking sound when trying to start the car. It goes like this, turn the key to start, clicking sound by the fuse box area, solid immobilize light, the it flashes rapidly, EAC fail display.

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    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi Troy. Well I don’t think it’s the key. It sounds like a wiring problem, or one of the units is playing up.
      Can’t help you I’m afraid, but if you find out could you let our readers know please?

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  27. Amy
    Amy says:

    Hi I have a 2003 ford transit.
    Battery died due to an ongoing issue now immobilizer is rapidly flashing then giving me a code of 13 (1 flash pause 3 flashes).
    When I turn the key absolutely nothing happens.
    Is there anything I should be aware of as I’m new to the transit.
    Many thanks
    Amy

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  28. Shreedhar
    Shreedhar says:

    Hi, I have All new Ford fiesta 1.5 titanium TDCi.(India)
    My car is flashing red dot in dashboard . Car is not starting. But some times it starts. I tried with both key , but results are same. Now how to start the car. (Car dealership is far away from the car location)

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  29. Mevill
    Mevill says:

    Hi Steve.
    I drive a Ford Focus 2013 model. I insert the key, the lights on the dashboard come on, but when I turn the key to start the car it won’t even crank and on the display, it brings the message, “Immobiliser active. Check handbook.” I noticed that the metal sprout of my key shakes freely at the point where it is attached to the plastic hold. I kept on just fiddling with it by turning it off and on again. Then luckily, it just regains contact and starts up. The problem here is that I don’t want to keep on starting my car with luck. The delay is crazy. Please how can this be fixed?

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    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi Melvill, we’ve seen this before
      I think what’s happening is that the chip in the key is faulty, and when you fiddle with it, eventually it works.
      If I’m correct and it’s the key, the only answer is a new one I’m afraid. Eventually it will fail altogether

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  30. Ricky
    Ricky says:

    Hello, I have a transit 57 plate that doesn’t start the immobiliser has 1 second flashes when I am in the van with no key in ignition, but when key is inserted to start the light stays flashing as normal 1 second flashes but doesn’t crank? Battery is good and key locks and unlocks can as usual any ideas? Thanks.

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    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi, sorry fro the delay in replying. Did you find out? It sounds like there is a problem with the immobiliser not being woken up.

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  31. Andrew
    Andrew says:

    Hi Steve!

    2010 Fiesta TDCI is having serious intermittent start problems.

    No immobiliser problems going by your description.

    Key turn everything turns on but engine/car makes a click noise and no engine start.

    First start of the day it starts fine. But every other start during the day is hit and miss.

    I bit the bullet an got a new starter motor installed on the advice of 2 friends at my local trusted garage and it worked fine for them but the first 2 times I tried it wouldn’t start.

    I am now quite the expert at bump starting a car.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated, thanks.

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  32. Ian Barke
    Ian Barke says:

    Hi, I have a ford focus 2006 1.8 tdci. Put the key in the ignition and turn. Nothing happens. The red light flashes once a second and when the key is inserted and turned nothing changes with the red light. It still flashes once a second.The alarm works, the remote doors open and lock, the interior and exterior lights work, the clock works and the odometer shows the correct mileage. Any ideas.

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      • Ian Barke
        Ian Barke says:

        Managed to find an issue with the ign switch not getting any power. Connected a new lead from the ign fuse to the ing switch, and the lights all come up on the dash. When the dash lights are on the security light flashes a very fast flash and the car does not turn over. When the ign is turned to off. I can hear from the engine compartment some clicks, I guess that would be relays switching, I could be wrong. Any ideas

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  33. Alan Fisher
    Alan Fisher says:

    I have a 2016 Ford Focus zetec s. I have an intermittent fault that is getting more frequent. The car is keyless and it will not start no crank nothing, after a while it will start, have fitted a new battery, and changed the key fob battery too. Any idea if the problem could be key fob related.

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  34. Roger Hanes
    Roger Hanes says:

    Hello, I have a Ford C max Zetec 2010 which has just developed a similar serious problem. On three occasions it happened whilst driving. All the dash lights came on, together with a loud pink-pong warning noise, very disconcerting. I continued driving and it went away. On other occasions the car would not crank, all dash lights remained on and a large red warning triangle displayed. On turning the key off and then on it appeared as thought something in the key barrel was preventing the key from turning at all. We tried to start the car with my wife’s key, but there was no change. There appeared to be no solution. After a few minutes wait the car started normally. I got it home and checked for diagnostic codes with a suitable instrument. There were no fault codes at all and the car appears to be running well. However since this has happened several times it is only a matter of time before we are stranded. Any comments would be most welcome.

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    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi Roger. There’s a possibility that the switch on the back of the ignition lock is playing up. It may be worth trying one as they only cost about £20 and are very easy to change

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      • Roger Hanes
        Roger Hanes says:

        Many thanks I’ll have a look in the morning, however I have no idea at present what it looks like or how to get it out. Any information would be useful. Thank you

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  35. James Burns
    James Burns says:

    Hi my 2007 ford connects dash board light kept flickering so I took it apart and fixed the problem ( loose cable ) and now it wont start any ideas as to what this could be thanks

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  36. Kristian saunders
    Kristian saunders says:

    Hi, i have a ford focus zetec 2002. Tried my key to start my car and nothing. All the lights work and radio which means its not the battery.. but no matter what i do my car just wont turn over. Its not making and noises at all. Just nothing. What could this mean?

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    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi Kristian. There is a small red light near the clock. This light should come on, then go out after a second. What does it do on your car?

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  37. Sandra Mc Evoy
    Sandra Mc Evoy says:

    Hi Steve. I have a 2005 petrol focus. Engine system failed coming up on dash & red light flashing fast n not going out. Bought it as 2nd car so hasn’t been started in over a week cud this be why this problem happened.
    Thank you

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  38. Ramesh Kandel
    Ramesh Kandel says:

    Hi there
    I am having problems in my ford transit 2008 . When I turn the ignition on , all light flashes except battery sign and another singn( looks like 3 half circle on the top of dashboard). If it displays all the signs along with tick noise from battery as soon as I turn on ignition on . It starts. In short , it makes tick noise from the battery as soon as I turn the ignition on , it starts otherwise it remains unresponsive .

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    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi Ramesh, they key wouldn’t cause these problems. It’s something else, but I wouldn’t have a clue what, sorry

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  39. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    Hi I have a Ford Fiesta Zeetec 2010 and both keys are not unlocking my car. My car does not start. There is nothing ticking over. The horn no lights radio nothing is working. Had no signs of any problems with the car. Can you please advise?
    Thank you

    Reply
    • Sharon
      Sharon says:

      I have now charged the battery with battery charger. The central locking now works all lights etc work but still cannot start the engine. Can you advise please?

      Reply
  40. Marlon
    Marlon says:

    Ford transit mk7
    Red immobiliser light flashing 1:6
    Key still works to lock and unlock the van but will not crank at all
    Key problem or dodgey wiring
    Cheers

    Reply
    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi Marlon, sorry I’m not sure what code 16 is on this van. We see this on Ford Focus cars and it can be related to comms from the Body control unit.

      Reply
  41. Steve Goddard
    Steve Goddard says:

    Hi
    I have a Ford Focus 2002 and the key fob locks and unlocks the car and when the key is turned the ignition lights come on but nothing starts or engine turns over
    Could you help me find out why and what I can do to remedy this

    Thankyou

    Reply
    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi Steve, sorry for the delay in replying. It sounds like the chip inside the key needs programming to start the car. This can only be done with a computer

      Reply
  42. Wendy Hinton
    Wendy Hinton says:

    Hi Steve I have a focus mk2 08 tdci I’ve been told my ECU needs changing and told I need these parts to ecu,fuse box,ignition barrel and keys,clocks,key reader,boot lock ,drivers door lock can you confirm

    Reply
    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi Wendy
      There are two ways to do it. The easy but expensive way is buy a new ECU and have it programmed by a professional with the correct equipment. The cheaper but much more long winded way is to change everything you mention

      Reply
  43. Chris bowers
    Chris bowers says:

    I have a Ford ka Streetwise convertible 05 reg. When I try and start engine ignition lights come on but when I turn key to crank engine immobiliser light flashes faster than usual and it’s as if engine dead what do I do

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  44. James
    James says:

    Hi

    My 2011 Focus Titanium has a recurring issue, whereby the key fob will not open my car, doesn’t respond at all to pressing the buttons on the fob.

    I then open the car using the key hidden inside the fob. The car won’t start, no lights come on, the engine doesn’t turn at all, no warning lights etc.

    I had assumed this was a battery issue, but have previously made use of my breakdown cover to bring out a guy who jumpstarted the car, which then worked – he checked the battery there and then and there was no issue with it. After that the issue didn’t recur for months. On other occasions the issue has occurred on a Friday night, I’ve thought “I’ll leave it til Monday”, but have returned days later and everything works fine.

    The issue has recurred variously in different conditions, times of day/year, seemingly no trigger for it that I can see.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated please. I’m not hugely car-literate so plain English and precise solutions would be great please!

    Thanks

    James

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    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi James, it’s a frustrating problem by the sound of it. I can’t help you I’m afraid but it sounds like you need a Ford specialist to take a look

      Reply

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