Why does2001 Taurus start but then it sputters & the anti-theft light come on? on 2001 Ford Taurus

It then runs. Tonight it did not make a sound when I tried to start it, but then a few minutes later, started.

by in San Antonio, TX on December 26, 2012
2 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by on December 27, 2012
You have a PATS(passive anti theft system) issue. Have the car scanned with a full enhanced scanner, not a generic code reader.
COMMENT by on December 27, 2012
Thanks so much, on my way to the dealer.
COMMENT by on December 27, 2012
The dealer is not the only place to take. Use RepairPal to find a qualified shop.
ANSWER by on December 27, 2012
get a diag from a good shop and be done