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  • Immobiliser

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    Keyfob of a first-generation immobiliser Immobiliser sign An immobiliser or immobilizer is an electronic security device fitted to an automobile that prevents the engine from running unless the correct transponder car key (or other token) is present. This prevents the car from being "hot wired" after entry has been achieved and thus reduces motor vehicle theft. Research shows that the uniform application of immobilisers reduced the rate of car theft by 40%.

  • Check engine light

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    Malfunction Indicator Icon A Malfunction Indicator Lamp, this one labeled "Service Engine Soon". A MIL "Check Engine" light on a Volkswagen Bora indicating a fault in the Engine Management System. MIL on a running engine indicating malfunction in engine control system. A malfunction indicator lamp (MIL), or check engine light, is a tell-tale that a computerized engine-management system uses to indicate a malfunction. Found on the instrument panel of most automobiles, it usually bears the legend , , or a pictogram of an engine - and when illuminated it is typically either an amber or red color. The light generally has two stages: steady (indicating a minor fault) and flashing (indicating a severe fault). When the MIL is lit, the engine control unit stores a fault code related to the malfunction, which can be retrieved - although in many models this requires the use of a scan tool. This warning light can indicate almost anything from a loose gas cap to a serious knock in the engine. In the United States, specific functions are required of the MIL by EPA regulations.

  • SecuriLock

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    SecuriLock, also known as Passive Anti-Theft System (PATS), is Ford Motor Company's immobilizer technology. In 1996 the technology started showing up on select models of Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles. The keys have a radio frequency transponder embedded in the plastic Head with a unique electronic identification code.

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