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Old 09-29-2008, 16:33   #1 (permalink)
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04 Taurus won't start yesterday, won't crank today

Yesterday my wife told me her car didn't want to start. Said the motor had to roll over much more than normal before it started. This evening I went out for her to show me and it would not crank! Nothing, one big CLACK! and that was it. I looked at the battery cable and the positive was corroded so I cleaned it well and out it back on. The eye on the battery is green, the voltage on the battery is 12.5. If you turn on the head lights they are bright.

I know I am describing two issues here. One would not start and no won't crank. That's why I am baffled. One should not effect the other?????

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Re: 04 Taurus won't start yesterday, won't crank today

Obviously if it won't crank it can't start. That aside, solve the cranking issue first. Sounds like the battery may be ok. Check all connections battery>solenoid>starter. Starter could be bad or possibly siezed motor. See if you can turn the engine by hand, that will eliminate (or confirm) the siezed engine part. When you try to crank, do yu hear any noise? ie, single click or rapid clicks, or do the lights go dim?
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One big clack. Had the lights on to see if they dimmed. They went completely out.
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One big clack. Had the lights on to see if they dimmed. They went completely out.
Then you still have a battery connection issue or the battery is very weak. Make sure the battery connections are clean and tight. Take a screwdriver and put it in between the cable clamp and it's terminal if possible. If it now starts it's a connection issue. If it does the same thing then it's most likely a battery. When the lights go completely go out do they come back on right away or is there about a ten second delay and they gradually come back???
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Then you still have a battery connection issue or the battery is very weak. Make sure the battery connections are clean and tight. Take a screwdriver and put it in between the cable clamp and it's terminal if possible. If it now starts it's a connection issue. If it does the same thing then it's most likely a battery. When the lights go completely go out do they come back on right away or is there about a ten second delay and they gradually come back???
They come back on after 30 seconds or a minute.
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OK, replaced the battery after finding it was bad. Cranking good now but still have the a hard to start problem. It will eventually start but it's after several attempts.
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OK, replaced the battery after finding it was bad. Cranking good now but still have the a hard to start problem. It will eventually start but it's after several attempts.
Start by checking fuel pressure with a gauge.
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