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    Ford F150 problems

    As you may know, I bought a 2004 F150 4x4 recently. I drove to Shiner to sign some papers on a new tractor and, coming home, I needed gas. I pulled into a gas station in Hallettsville and bought gas, went to start the the thing and it wouldn't start. Finally, I got a mechanic over there. I had NO tools. Well, he hauled it to his shop and we got a ride from one of my wife's friends. Damned Ford.

    Anyway, the guy called and says he needs the old key. My wife has it and she's in Houston at a doc's visit, of course. Between me and her, I don't get a break from doc's visits. I have one tomorrow. I swear, I haven't been hunting deer since opening day because of the damned doctors.

    So, anyway, if she gets home in time, we'll run over there. I just can't figure out WHY the key would work for 40 miles and then just up a quit. He says the thing codes no power to the fuel pump and something about the key. That just makes no sense to me, but then, in this wonderful world of useless computers and EPA mandated stuff on vehicles, I'm lost. I just can't WAIT until the guberment forces electric vehicles on us.

    Anyway, anyone have a CLUE why a recently cut key would do this???? I'm lost.
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    Not sure if Ford has keys like Chevy does but Chevy has smart keys now. There's a little plus (+) sign stamped in the key that means there's a chip in the head of the key, and that chip coincides with the computer of the truck saying everything is ok. If you have a key cut that doesn't have that chip in it supposedly it's not supposed to start the engine. Maybe yours is something like that, or it gives the engine a limited range? I don't know why things have to be so complicated. It's supposed to eliminate risk of theft, but of course it implies that whoever is attempting to steal has access to your key to cut a copy. I don't know about you but my key stays in my pocket 95% of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jkoht View Post
    Not sure if Ford has keys like Chevy does but Chevy has smart keys now. There's a little plus (+) sign stamped in the key that means there's a chip in the head of the key, and that chip coincides with the computer of the truck saying everything is ok. If you have a key cut that doesn't have that chip in it supposedly it's not supposed to start the engine. Maybe yours is something like that, or it gives the engine a limited range? I don't know why things have to be so complicated. It's supposed to eliminate risk of theft, but of course it implies that whoever is attempting to steal has access to your key to cut a copy. I don't know about you but my key stays in my pocket 95% of the time.
    I am suspecting this. I better stop commenting on modern technology or I'll start cursing and break forum guidelines. Guess for a spare key, I'll have to go to the dealer and spend a thousand bucks.
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    And, oh joy, but my 2013 Silverado key has a "+" on it. But, I got multiple keys when I bought it new.
    BTW, thanks for the help. I was clueless.
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    Sounds to me like your roll over switch may have tripped. That will also cut off your fuel supply as well.

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    Roll over switch???????
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    I don’t think they had smart keys for that yr model . I had an 2003 and it didn’t have one . Actually smart keys are for newer vehs that have the push button start when the key fob is within distance for starting . Does your 04’ have push button start ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonPT24/7 View Post
    I don’t think they had smart keys for that yr model . I had an 2003 and it didn’t have one . Actually smart keys are for newer vehs that have the push button start when the key fob is within distance for starting . Does your 04’ have push button start ?
    Nope and I hope to never have such a contraption.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonPT24/7 View Post
    I don’t think they had smart keys for that yr model . I had an 2003 and it didn’t have one . Actually smart keys are for newer vehs that have the push button start when the key fob is within distance for starting . Does your 04’ have push button start ?
    Smart Keys have been around for years for many vehicles without push to start buttons. Can't remember when they started coming out but its been a while.

    Well I guess there is a difference in Smart Keys and Micro Chipped Keys. Smart keys started in 1995, not sure when micro chipped keys started.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishinkeylargo View Post
    Smart Keys have been around for years for many vehicles without push to start buttons. Can't remember when they started coming out but its been a while.
    Yeah i know they have , we have a fleet of 25 vehs with smart keys . Some only have Fobs which are the newer ones and the older ones have a key plus Fob . But if I’m correct the 04’ F150 does not have the smart key .
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