Since I got my 2000 Taurus I have had an issue off and on again with PATS
. I would always be able to get it started after a few tries. The longest it ever took me was about 30 minutes. When it would not start I would get the PATS
error code for partial key reads. I was told by a few people on this site that they had a similar issue and it could only be reflash ed by a dealer. However yesterday no matter what I did it would not start. I had partial key reads for hours. I finally called it quits and had it towed to the dealership. Today the dealership called me and told me that I would not be able to reflash my PATS
. I would need to install a completely new PCM
. I know the dealership is going to cost me an arm and a leg. Is this the kind of thing that only the dealership can do? This forum has saved me literally thousands on repairs already. I know my car is old but it only has about 100k miles on it and it still runs perfectly. So to me it is definitely worth the money to fix, I was just wondering if there were any less expensive alternatives? Any help or input would be greatly appreciated!
The issue has been fixed. I towed the car to the dealer and after a week they told me "The PCM
cannot be reflashed to fix my issue. The PCM
probably needs replacing but we need to do further diagnostics and its going to cost $150 to continue diagnosing". I decided to just tow it back to the house.
The codes listed on the dealership print out were B1318, B1362, P1000, B1602, and B1681
I decided to try what Automender12345 and Tom S recommended and order a preprogrammed PCM
from a reseller. Flag Ship One sells preprogrammed PCMs with two programmed keys for $220. I was hesitant to buy from Flag Ship One because they have some sketchy reviews if you look them up. I found that they had an ebay store that they sell through. I decided to buy it through their ebay store because ebay is generally very buyer friendly if there are any issues with purchases.
Today the PCM
came by mail with the keys. I went to the hardware store, cut the keys, bolted in the new PCM
, turned the new key and the car turned on first try. The care works with either of the new keys. So my PATS
issue that has plagued me since I got the car has been resolved.
$100 Dealer Diagnostic + $220 PCM
w/ keys + $6 to cut keys at hardware store = $336 Grand Total.
I hope someone else can benefit from this information in the future. Thanks to everyone that provided help with my issue!