The FORD PATS systems were introduced on Ford vehicles on March 1994.
There have been many variations on the original system fitted.
The PATS system is a PASSIVE Anti-theft system which requires no special
procedures for the driver to arm or disarm the system. The system is
operated by a transponder fitted within the ignition key’s body, which
communicates with the PATS module ignition transceiver mounted around
the lock barrel.
The easy method of identifying a PATS vehicle is if the key has a small
imprint showing where the transponder is fitted. The code for the
transponder is stored in memory within the PATS amplifier or the Engine
The PATS system reads the code when the ignition key is turned from
position 0 to position 1. If the correct code is received then the
engine will start.
Three keys are allocated to each vehicle; the
first key which is inserted is known as the master and is usually
identified by its RED colour. The other keys that are used are known as
slave keys and are usually BLACK with a RED insert.
The newer systems are only supplied with 2 keys. These keys are black with a RED, BLUE or BLACK insert.
The LED indicator is used for the PATS system
and also other Anti-theft systems fitted to the Ford vehicle range.
When the ignition is switched ON, the PATS LED will illuminate for 3
seconds while it performs a self-test, after which it extinguishes. When
the PATS system is armed and immobilised the vehicle, the PATS LED will
PATS LED is mounted either in the front headlining or next to the heater controls/clock
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