Dealer or not for repair

Tiny
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  • 1997 FORD MUSTANG
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 100,000 MILES
Atempted auto theft. They broke the ignition lock and the part around the ignition that reads the chip in the key and sends it to the computer. The anti-theft maganizam, I think it's called. My question is, can a locksmith fix it or do I have to take it to the Ford House? I replaced the anti-theft maganizam with identicall part from a wrecking yard. When I pluged it in the car won't do nothing. I unplug it the car will start, run for about two seconds then dies. Please Advise.
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Monday, June 6th, 2011 AT 5:30 AM

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Tiny
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This is a key reader it will not read your key, a dealer will be able to do a re code and test the rest of the system.
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Monday, June 6th, 2011 AT 1:22 PM
Tiny
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Thank you for your reply. So your telling me that a dealer is the only one that can do this.
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Monday, June 6th, 2011 AT 1:51 PM
Tiny
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A good general mechanic with top range diagnostics's can do it, but the dealer is sure to get it done correctly and quickly, I would go to a dealer for this work if you have no local mechanic with this experience.
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Monday, June 6th, 2011 AT 10:33 PM

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