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
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2 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by , 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 , December 27, 2012
Thanks so much, on my way to the dealer.
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ANSWER by , December 27, 2012
get a diag from a good shop and be done