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Old 09-02-2008, 05:39   #1 (permalink)
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Am working on a friend's 02 Taurus SE OHV 3.0L that will not start. It ran OK two days ago, then would not start. It was successfully jumped with another battery, then after it was parked for a day it will not start. Pulled the starter, had it checked and it was "marginal". I am not a Ford savvy person, so not sure if a Ford starter can be marginal. Anyway, replaced it, cleaned battery cables, posts. Still "clicks" when trying to start. Tried jumping it with no success and it still 'clicks'. The 'Check Engine' light comes on along with 'Theft' light. I have not verified ground connections are clean/sound, or tried the dome light check. I also need to check for voltage drops at +post to engine-. I checked voltage drop from end of +cable at starter to engine - and showed 11.7VDC. Should be OK?? From reading posts all day today, it seems like this is a common issue with Ford/Taurus' products with multiple solution options. Would appreciate any insight/suggestions before I start changing cables, etc. Also - is there really a fuseable link in the cable from battery to starter? Doesn't look like it, or they hide it really well. Also - where is the starter relay located (which one in the plastic box on the front of the car?). Thanks.
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Old 09-02-2008, 08:18   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2002 Taurus SE OHV Will not start

The starter relay is in under the hood in the relay box. This should be documented in the owners manual. You can pull the relay out and jumper 12V top the relay output connector to see if the starter solenoid will pull in. If it does not and just clicks one time the starter is bad, if it rapidly clicks then there is either a battery or cable problem.
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Old 09-02-2008, 08:40   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 2002 Taurus SE OHV Will not start

THanks for the info. I am on my way over now to run another series of tests.

1. Pulling the battery and have it tested (my bad for not doing this first, it's 2 years old in the Texas heat).
2. Pulling the new starter/solenoid and having it tested - read several other posts where "new" parts were still bad.
3. Getting a new relay (only $6)
4. Checking all cables for ground connections, etc.

I'll let you know what happens later.
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