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Old 05-10-2013, 10:34 PM
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Removing dealer security dohickey?

I just purchased my used 2008 F250 from a local Ford dealership. They install one of these "security devices" on all their vehicles. In order to use it, they want to up sell you a $600 plug with like 6 pins that is coded to only work in your vehicle. I had one of these on my old Mazda when I bought it. It was a pain in arse to lug around and have to plug in every time I started the vehicle. I declined to buy it and they put a block off plate in there that effectively bypasses it.

Anyhow, does anyone know how to remove this junk? I'm pretty pissed that they would drill and screw these into the kick panel, devaluing the vehicle somewhat.

Here are some pics of it (under the steering wheel on the kick panel). Sorry about the clarity, it was dark out.

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Also, I don't know what these are called?
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Go tell the dealer to remove it, the truck was not built with it, have them replace the kick paneling. Be polite it will go better.
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:30 PM
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Was it there when you bought it? Or was it installed after you paid and signed papers?

If it was there before you signed, your screwed. If it was installed after you signed (and it wasn't in the fine print) they they need to replace the kick-panel and remove it.

Good luck.
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:45 PM
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you have something plugged into the OBD correct?

I see a lot of dealers install immobilizers but 600 for the key to a system that was already installed is Gay

I hope they didn't mess up the wiring with splices and what not ?
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Update: I called the dealer and they charge $79 to remove it and $56 for a new kick panel. I would have to say that this will probably be the cheapest thing I fix on the truck.

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Was it there when you bought it? Or was it installed after you paid and signed papers?

Good luck.
It was put on by the dealer between them receiving the vehicle and me purchasing it. I knew it was there when I bought it. However, I didn't know until we sat down with them that the security keys were not included without dropping more cash. If you've never had one of these, you have to keep it either separate from your keys or on a lanyard or stretchy cord since it's so far from the ignition switch. When I had one on my other car, it was on a stretchy cord and was a pain to carry around in my pocket. I ended leaving it in the vehicle anyhow.

I would prefer to remove it myself and just buy the kick panel. I'm very capable of doing any re-wiring, I just have no idea how they are installed. Looking under the kick panel, it appears that it is spliced into the ignition system. If anything, I would rather wire in a kill switch under the kick panel than have this gaudy thing on my pretty truck.
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:53 PM
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make them give you the device back since it's yours

and then smash it in front of them and have them throw it away for you
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Does anyone have any idea what it is called? Just the proper name and I can find some leads online. I have absolutely no idea what it is called. Ford called it an anti theft device but searching for that is pretty vague.
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your dealer probably has a local installer and has their own source for the device

is there no name on it ?
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Might be beneficial to keep it if your insurance premiums are reduced because of another anti-theft device. In Canada, the Super Duty takes spots #8 and 9 for top 10 stolen vehicles. No wonder insurance costs an arm and a leg on these things! I wouldn't mind getting something like that for my truck if it reduced my insurance premium.
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