This is a DIY Pictorial guide for installing a remote start with keyless entry system into
a 2001 Ford F150 pickup truck. The 2001 thru 2003 models should be the same.
There are a few slight variations between the trucks. All have a PATS engine immobilizer
system. The trucks with Factory Remote Keyless Entry have Type B (-) locks while trucks
without Factory RKE are Type C ( REV ) locks. Tach location will vary with the engine. This
truck had the 5.4 L Triton V-8, an automatic transmission, Factory RKE and no Factory Alarm.
For this install an Ultra Start U1272 system was used. For the PATS bypass a Directed
1100F bypass module was the choice. If this truck did not have Factory RKE, a Directed
451M door lock module would have been used to handle the locks. Additional parts
included a 30/40 Amp SPDT relay ( for Accessory3 ), a tilt switch for the hood pin and the
regular solder, heat shrink tube, electric tape, tie wraps, 1N4007 diode, etc.
With the engine off, insert the ignition key to ON and place the gear shift selector to the L
range. Tilt the steering column to the lowest position and remove the upper bezel trim piece
by pulling it straight away from the instrument panel. Return the trans selector to Park and
remove the key. Tilt the steering wheel back to the top position. Remove the fuse panel cover.
Remove the lower dash panel by removing the fasteners shown in the photo below :
You can also remove the parking brake release and hood release by removing the two
7mm screws that retain each to the dash panel. There is no need to remove the steering
Remove the passenger door sill trim piece by lifting it straight up. Then remove the
Passenger kick panel by pulling in straight back. This is an easy place to locate the door
High up in the PKP is the door harness. Factroy RKE or not, it has the Pink / YELLOW Lock
and Pink/Light Green Unlock wires. Test to determine which system is in the truck.
If your truck has Factory RKE, you can also get these wires at the GEM module. The GEM
module is mounted to the firewall behind the fuse box under the drivers dash. If you
have the GEM module, test to see if GEM Wake-Up is necessary. ( GEM Wake-Up is not
covered in this Pictorial, sorry. )
On the left side of the steering column is the main ignition connector shown below :
Use a 7mm socket wrench to remove the retaining bolt. The photo below shows the
ignition connector with the gray cover removed and all wires marked.
Ford makes the Parking Lights and Brake wires easy for you. They are located in the
trailer harness connector that is to the right of the steering column by the diagnostic
connector. Here is the connector with the wires indicated :
The Parking Lights can also be found at the Headlight Switch and the Brake wire
can be found at the top of the brake pedal, same wire colors.
The horn trigger wire is shown in the next picture. These connectors are just to the
right of the steering column.
In the above picture the transponder connector is shown. The bypass connections
will be made on the lower harness, not the harness that comes from the ignition switch
cylinder. Note that the wire colors change at the connectors. Below is a photo of the
transponder connector, unplugged, with the wires marked.
For the Tach and Hood Pin wires, firewall pass-thru can be made at this factory grommet
located above the gas pedal.
Here is a photo of the engine side of the pass-thru :
There are several places to get a Tach signal. The ECM is difficult due to it's location behind
the battery. A spark coil can be used if your R/S system can learn the weak ( 0.55V AC @ idle
and 0.75V AC @ 2500 RPM ) signal. A better choice is a F.I. which provides 1.6V AC @ idle and
2.7V AC @ 2500 RPM. Here is a photo of the F.I. wire at the passenger side front cylinder.
Any quality remote start system can be used. There is plenty of room under the dash to locate
and secure the system. There are several good bypass modules available for this truck and
only one key is needed to program the bypass. The 1100F bypass module is discontinued
( but available ). Other good choices include the Fortin Key-OverRide-All and it's cousin, the
XpressKit PKALL and from iDatalink, in the Solo series, are the ADS TBSL KO and the ADS TBSL TI.
For more info on GEM Wake-Up, see DEI Tech Tip #1093 which is in this ZIP file. https://www.the12volt.com/installbay/file.asp?ID=1076
Remember, this is just a guide. Always test all wires with a Digital Multi Meter prior to making
your proper soldered connections.Soldering is fun!