Having problems with your 1998 Ford Escort ?

Recently I described for your expertise the problem of my 98 Ford Escort that was broken into, that had the ignition switch dismantled. We were able to trace some wires, start the car, release the steering lock with the key and got it home. However, the battery went down a week later, and the alarm came on. With a new battery, I've tried a number of suggested ways to start, but the alarm keeps blocking, though the power doors, etc work. Some say: "Lock the driver door with the key, then open!" S

Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 19-02-2018

Answers :

You did a pretty good job of tracing wires, and getting your car home! You are to be commended!
What you did was bypass the alarm system temporarily. It's a feature built in so that a mechanic can
work on the car, and move it. If a thief steals the car they will only get so far, then the car shuts off.

Ignition switch dismantled? In what way? Was the key lock 'jimmied'? Most thieves use a slide hammer,
and a hook. They try to tear the lock mechanism right out of the steering column. The ignorant thieves,
that is. (Being a thief IS ignorant! Sheesh!)
Inside your lock mechanism, (The actual switch is down in the steering column. The ignition switch.
The lock mechanism pushes a rod down, and turns the switch on, or a cable goes down, and turns the
switch on), are contacts that match up to your key's resistors. That's what that black little chip is on your
key. This chip has a certain resistance value. If this chip does not contact the contacts inside the lock
mechanism, then the alarm goes into bypass for a mechanic to move it. After a certain period of time,
no one will move the car. It's 'Dead in the water'.
You need a competent dealer to reset it. If the lock mechanism is damaged, then it needs to be replaced,
and a new key made.

Going to the scrap yard? Yes, I see your reasoning. You have to base the value of the car against the
price of repair. Good judgment. Sorry that some low life ruined your car.
U need to try and find a Ford escort electrical troubleshooting booklet, it will guide u through each circuit going to the ignition switch, with out that you are dead in the water, they can be had on ebay, this is a factory security system, worked for Ford for 20 years as a tech and don't remember that escorts had a factory security set up, so check this and make sure it is factory.
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