Im not sure if this is the right spot to post this in being though this is my first post. My 2000 taurus has been sitting for a while since about august and every so often i would start it. Im going to be getting rid of it soon bc the hole subframe is rotten( thats why its been sitting). Before i get rid of it i want to part it. Last week when i went to move it bc it was in my way, the first time i turned the key it wouldn't start not even crank the starter.. but the second time i turned the key it started right up. A few days later i tried to start it and no matter how many times i turned they key it would not start. So i figured maybe it went into theft mode from me turning the key so many times, i tried it the next day and nothing. I know its not the battery bc the battery is new and i also charged it/jumped it to see if that would work. I also cleaned all the terminals on the battery. What could be causing this not to start? When i opened the hood today i say a chipmunk in there, so could they have knocked some wires off? I looked but everything looks ok. Also when u turn the key all the instrument cluster lights light up normal and u could hear the fuel pump turn on like normal. Thanks everyone for your help!!!
Thanks for the replies.. So yesterday i figured i would try starting it and same thing nothing, but then later yesterday i tired it and it started right up, so i let it run for a little bit. Then i shut it off then tired to start it again and nothing! I have 2 keys and i was using them bolth hopping it would be as easy as a bad key. It seems like it is a hit or miss if it will start. Any ideas what could be causing this?
Any luck with this? I have a 1991 Taurus, and have been having intermitent starting problems like you mention. I turn the key and hear a click (starter relay I assume), but nothing else. While having the battery checked (it was fine) I figured out by disconnecting/reconnecting the battery a few times it would start fine. This happened once in a while for about a year, but then it started happening like every time I tried to start it. My mechanic thought it was the starter and replaced it. Got better for about a month, but it just happened (once) a few nights ago, and has been fine since. So if it has a new starter, and newer battery; what else could be wrong (that gets overidden by disconnecting/reconnecting the battery)? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
I had similar problem a couple of months ago so here is what i did :
the symptom was that when turning the switch to start the car nothing happen - all lights in cluster were normal plus fuel pump sounded initially .
i bypassed the starter's solenoid (took a jumpstart cable connected one side to battery and touched the starters terminal on the other side) but yet the starter did not sound.
- i then called my wife to hold the switch in the start position and while she is doing so i took a long metal bar, placed it on the starter and with a hammer gave the bar a gentle stroke - the starter immediately woke up and started the engine.
i then drove directly to the workshop, removed the starter and disassembled it - it had a broken assembly inside, after replacing (and cleaning it all inside) its back and good as new. total of ~$90 .
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