2000 Mustang Ignition Shut Off - Anti-theft? Camshaft Position Sensor? Bad Wiring?
Thought I'd share something that's been going on for months. I found lots of troubleshooting on this board, and while some tips served as bandaids to the problem, I ended up with a tow to the auto shop this morning....
Background: Occasionally, I would go to start my car and when I turned the key, the dash would light up like normal, but turning the key further to start the car would shut everything off completely. No power to the car at all and anti-theft light would blink rapidly. If I waited long enough and put key back in, dash would light up again. Upon trying to start the engine, sometimes it would work and sometimes everything would cut out again. Tried the spare key, nothing. Found that if I disconnected and reconnected the battery, that would reset it and I could start the car. I began carrying a set of pliers in case this happened when I was away from home. Oh, and my check engine light has been on continuously since 2006!
Failed inspection: I moved to NC last year so I was required to have an inspection done to renew registration, which I had never had to do before. Car failed inspection because of the check engine light. Code says it's my Camshaft Position Sensor. Made an appt to get it replaced this morning. And again it just wouldn't start, good thing I had that appt and they had already ordered the part!
Moral of the story: A faulty camshaft position sensor may cause the car not to start, and to experience the exact issues that mine did. Based on everything I read from others, I was convinced it was an anti-theft issue or some wildly expensive fix. Hope this will help someone else who was a clueless as I was!