I have a 2005 Fiesta and was wondering about the Ford Securilock system
- is this used in all modern Fords?
I was wondering where I might find detailed information on how the keys
work and do they contain a power source or are the transponders totally
passive (I think they might be made by Texas Instruments...)?
How resiliant are keys with transponders - i.e. will they survive a
night in a puddle for example? If they have a battery how long will
I'm assuming you are in the "owd coontry" (pardon the spelling but us
ex-Yorkshire lads are so good we don't need spelling)...
If I'm not mistaken, I'd have to say that your Securilock is the same as our
PATS (there is a "chip" in the handle of the key)... I understand that Ford
may be discontinuing steering column locks because the PATS system is good
enough that they can....
If we are comparing apples to apples, the chip in the key is, AFAIK,
unpowered. The chip is some sort of crystal (this is probably an
understatement) that resonates in an induced magnetic field.
If we are in the habit of storing our keys in a puddle overnight, there is a
chance that we may not be smart enough to possess a driver licence....
Which may be so, SECURILOCK (PATS) is hard to defeat. But surely, mechanical
help keep the car from being simply pushed\pulled away. Towing on a flat bed is
That's exactly right, as I'm sure you know. Though there's no crystal
a bit of precious metal and a coil of very fine wire. It resonates when near the
around the ignition cylinder. If it resonates "right" the car will start.
Sadly, most PATS keys are inherently watertight just enough that this is not a
concern, thus lending to the continuing need for the local constabulary to help
such folk in check...
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