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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-27-07, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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hello everyone, I have a problem with my GL that I hope someone can help with.

It is dead in the water. This is/was my daily driver. Tried to start it and nothing. not even engine turning. tried jump starting and nothing. All I get is a click when turning ignition key. yes, there is fuel/oil/tranny fuild in..

So my question is, is it the Alt? or the Starter? or something else.

Prior symptoms: start the car, go about mile, wait at the traffic light, and the car would stop/die. no problem, turn the key and all is well. now this has only happened three times within the last 30-40 days.

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hello everyone, I have a problem with my GL that I hope someone can help with.

It is dead in the water. This is/was my daily driver. Tried to start it and nothing. not even engine turning. tried jump starting and nothing. All I get is a click when turning ignition key. yes, there is fuel/oil/tranny fuild in..

So my question is, is it the Alt? or the Starter? or something else.

Prior symptoms: start the car, go about mile, wait at the traffic light, and the car would stop/die. no problem, turn the key and all is well. now this has only happened three times within the last 30-40 days.

ok, any help??
thanks,
First, you posted in the wrong section. This section is for 2008 and newer Tauruses.
Second, is any of the warning lights turning on when you turn the key on??? If they turn on do they stay on when you turn the key to start??? If so then you probably have a bad starter.

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I would also begin with the starter. Be sure to check battery and starter cable connections also.

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battery's shot - get a new one

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Battery's shot - get a new one.
If everything goes dead, yes. But if the warning lights and dome lights stay on it's a bad starter.

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he mentioned that the engine repeatedly clicks when he tries to start - 98% chance its the battery, also be sure that the terminals aren't badly corroded.

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He mentioned that the engine repeatedly clicks when he tries to start - 98% chance its the battery, also be sure that the terminals aren't badly corroded.
Re-read his post. He never said repeated clicking, he said a click. If he had repeated clicking, yes it's a low or bad battery. If he gets a single click with everything going dead it's either loose or very dirty connections, or a bad battery. If it is just a single click and nothing else goes dead its more than likely a starter or in rare cases a bad connection.

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Re-read his post. He never said repeated clicking, he said a click. If he had repeated clicking, yes it's a low or bad battery. If he gets a single click with everything going dead it's either loose or very dirty connections, or a bad battery. If it is just a single click and nothing else goes dead its more than likely a starter or in rare cases a bad connection.
Exactly, that's what I stated in my previous post only not as thorough.

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If there is a click or clicking with the headlights on and the headlights do not go out, then it is not the battery.
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