Stuck in anti theft mode

Tiny
ANDYN98
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  • 2005 FORD ESCAPE
  • 3.0L
  • V6
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 115,575 MILES

I bought this vehicle a few months ago stuck in anti theft mode. I had new keys cut and programmed into the car memory. When I go to start it, it has a really rough idle, will not stay running for more than two or three seconds. And I noticed the dash indicator flashes from park to drive when trying to start, does it constantly. I know the key is programmed to the car though because when you turn the key to the “on” position the “theft” indicator illuminates for three seconds then goes out. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Thursday, September 13th, 2018 AT 10:33 AM

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Tiny
DANNY L
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Hello, I am Danny.

I have attached a tutorial showing a Security System Reset. Scroll to the bottom and it shows what to do for Ford. Hope this helps and thanks for using 2CarPros.
Danny-

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-reset-a-security-system
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Saturday, September 15th, 2018 AT 10:46 AM
Tiny
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I did that but that car is still flashing park to drive when cranking. Do you think the PCM is bad?
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Saturday, September 15th, 2018 AT 11:32 PM
Tiny
DANNY L
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Hello again.

That is possible as the control functions are contained in the PCM. Have you checked the harness connector at the PCM? Check for loose/corroded/burnt connections. The PCM is located in a recess in the center of the Firewall. I have attached a picture showing its location. Hope this helps and thanks again for using 2CarPros.
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Sunday, September 16th, 2018 AT 12:12 PM
Tiny
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Which ones would be the transmission wires?
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Sunday, September 16th, 2018 AT 6:14 PM
Tiny
DANNY L
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Hello again.

I would check them all. Be sure to disconnect the battery first to prevent damage. Hope this helps and thanks again for using 2CarPros.
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Sunday, September 16th, 2018 AT 8:52 PM
Tiny
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Fixed that! Thanks for the help! I found a new problem, do you know where these wires connect to?
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Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 AT 4:48 PM
Tiny
DANNY L
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Hello again.

Where are those wires coming from? Located? Is that the shifter mechanism? Thanks again for using 2CarPros.
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Monday, September 24th, 2018 AT 11:56 PM
Tiny
ANDYN98
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They were located in the shifter mechanism I figured out they were for the overdrive button! I have one last problem with the car, I am wondering if it is the CV boot or what else it could be it looks like there has been some leakage.
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Sunday, September 30th, 2018 AT 1:23 AM
Tiny
DANNY L
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Hello again.

By looking at your picture. No, not the CV boots. That is the seal in the differential. The ends of your CV axles have a splined stub shaft that inserts into the differential through those seals. Looks like they are leaking. You will have to remove axles to replace the seals but it is pretty simple. The seals are like $10.00 apiece. I can send step-by-steps if you need. Hope this helps and thanks again for using 2CarPros.
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Sunday, September 30th, 2018 AT 2:16 AM
Tiny
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That is awesome! Thanks for the help. I will take the step-by-step please and thank you! Instructions help sometimes, lol.
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Sunday, September 30th, 2018 AT 8:40 AM
Tiny
DANNY L
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Hello again.

I have attached a picture step-by-step how to remove the rear CV axles and seal. You can use a pry bar for the seal if you do not have a specialty tool. I have also attached a CV axle tutorial to give you an idea. Hope this helps and thanks again for using 2CarPros.
Danny-

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/replace-cv-axle
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Sunday, September 30th, 2018 AT 4:30 PM
Tiny
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This may be a dumb question but should I drain the differential oil?
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Sunday, September 30th, 2018 AT 4:47 PM
Tiny
DANNY L
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Hello again.

No, That would not be necessary. Only drain and change if it has never been done or is due for service(125,000 miles). Hope this helps and thanks again for using 2CarPros.
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Sunday, September 30th, 2018 AT 5:18 PM
Tiny
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I do not know if it has been changed but it is at 115, xxx miles now. Do you know how much fluid it needs?
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Sunday, September 30th, 2018 AT 5:46 PM
Tiny
DANNY L
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Hello again.

I have attached a picture of the fluid specification. I guess if your under there may as well change. Just my opinion. Attached another tutorial for you to. Hope this helps and thanks again for using 2CarPros.
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https://www.2carpros.com/articles/differential-service
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Sunday, September 30th, 2018 AT 8:16 PM
Tiny
ANDYN98
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I am looking for the part online would that be called the axle shaft seal?
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Sunday, September 30th, 2018 AT 11:22 PM
Tiny
DANNY L
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Hello again.

Yes, just be sure it is for the rear differential.
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Monday, October 1st, 2018 AT 12:14 AM

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