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On April 6, 2000, I purchased a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria LX HPP with 23,490 miles. I decided to start a little website for it featuring a running log of my experiences with the car. Vic 1.0 was retired in 2015 due to rust and electrical issues. Vic 2.0 was a 2006 P71 in Blue Pearl that belonged to my boyfriend. It was a Ford demo and never saw actual police use. It was damaged in September of 2018 with well over 186,000 miles. It was replaced by Vic 3.0 in October 2018 with a 2008 P71 in Silver Birch with 120,971 miles. To read posts prior to 2010, click a link at right, or go to Crown Vics, ETC.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

UPDATE: The Key to My Madness...

Vic is still in the shop.  And the issue seems to be with the transponder keys/immobilizer system.  I don't know all the details yet, but it seems that as of 30 minutes ago, only one of the three keys I gave the mechanics work.  The car works normally with that one key.  BUT, in order to make more keys, or finish programing the computer, or SOMETHING like that, I need one more key that works.  I just used Todd's car to drop off one more key that I had forgotten about.  I hope that one works, or else I will have to go to a dealership or locksmith to get the car's computer reprogrammed. 

... or something like that...


  1. Hmm, Interesting, I never thought of the key immobilizer system. Before investing in a new fuel pump I'm going to try with my spare key in the morning.

    I've changed the fuel filter, checked the relay and it was good, changed the fuse in the fuse box under the hood, checked the inertia switch, but I never thought of the key immobilizer. Like your car the engine is cranking but the beast just isn't firing, and I don't hear the fuel pump priming.

    I've owned this car for ten years and have only ever used the spare key a couple of times, and I know these keys have some kind of chip in them, so maybe my old key is worn out.

    I went to see my buddy's mechanic the other day about the car and he swears up and down that even though it's a high mileage car there should be nothing wrong with the fuel pump. He said he could see if it were a GM, but since it's a Crown Victoria he said the pumps rarely go in these cars. He said he has seen CVs with over 300,000 miles running with the original pumps, and since mine only has 149,000 miles he said the pump should still be good.

    So before I go to work in the morning I'm going to try the spare key, hopefully it will work. If it doesn't I've pretty much ruled every problem out and will have to put out some cash for a new pump and a hundred extra bucks to tow her to the mechanic for a little fix em up work.

    You have an excellent website, some useful info here, thanks.

  2. You never know!! Try a different key... As an additional bit of info, the last time sonething like this happened, it wasn't the pump, either! Yet my father had a customer complaining that his 17,000 mile GM needed a new fuel pump!!!

  3. Looks like I'm buying a new fuel pump! LOL. I tried the spare key - no dice. She's still cranking but not firing, and I still don't hear the pump. I've tried everything I could so I'm going to order my pump from the American Ford dealer I buy my parts from - way cheaper than buying in Canada.

    I hope you got your Vickie up and running. These are great cars, they need to be on the road not in the shop. Good luck with your car I hope you get her running soon.

    Yeah my friend's mechanic told me that GMs are notorious for their fuel pumps going with low mileage. He's worked on plenty of them, but he rarely touches a Ford fuel pump.

    Thanks for the info on your site. Have a great weekend!