Engine-Codes - Mercury - P1260 MERCURY

P1260 MERCURY - Theft Detected - Vehicle Immobilized

Repair Importance Level: 3/3
Repair Difficulty Level: 3/3  What is this?
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P1260 MERCURY Possible Causes

  • Incorrectly programmed Powertrain Control Module (PCM)
  • Incorrectly programmed Instrument Cluster (IC) or Instrument Panel Cluster (IPC)
  • Previous theft condition
  • Anti-theft system concern

How is the P1260 MERCURY code repair?

Start by checking the "Possible Causes" listed above. Visually inspect the related wiring harness and connectors. Check for damaged components and look for broken, bent, pushed out, or corroded connector's pins.

What is the cost to diagnose the P1260 MERCURY code

Labor: 1.0

The cost to diagnose the P1260 MERCURY code is 1.0 hour of labor. The auto repair labor rates vary widely across the country, and even within the same city. Most auto repairs shops charge between $75 and $150 per hour.

When is the code detected?

The Engine Control Module (ECM) has received a signal from the Anti-Theft system that a violation has occurred

Possible Symptoms

  • Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)
  • Start/Stall or Crank/No Start

P1260 MERCURY Meaning

The P1260 code can be set if the Passive Anti-Theft System (PATS) has determined a theft condition existed and the engine is disabled or an engine start was attempted using a non-PATS key. This Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) is a good indicator to check the PATS for DTCs. This DTC can also be set when a new Instrument Cluster (IC), Instrument Panel Cluster (IPC) or Powertrain Control Module (PCM) is installed without correctly programming either module even if the vehicle is not equipped with PATS.

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