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Old 08-28-2006, 22:34   #1 (permalink)
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you try to start the car and its like dead dead dead, you turn the key a few times and its fine for days or weeks at a time. i changed the starter three times, the battery wires, the neutral start switch. i changed a bad rear brake socket and some bulbs. today it was fine but yesterday it did the dead mans thing a few times and stalled once. help i love my 97 ford taurus with its six cylender motor. car has 160,000 original miles by me. help.
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Old 08-29-2006, 08:15   #2 (permalink)
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You could have an intermittant "Door Ajar" switch going bad turning on your dome lights and killing the battery.
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nope thats not it i tried that and its not that..
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I know you said you changed the starter multiple times but it sounds like the starter might have a dead spot. Did you get a new starter or a remanufactured one? If you bought it from a place like AutoZone, Advance, etc, its probably remanufactured and that could be your problem.
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you try to start the car and its like dead dead dead, you turn the key a few times and its fine for days or weeks at a time. i changed the starter three times, the battery wires, the neutral start switch. i changed a bad rear brake socket and some bulbs. today it was fine but yesterday it did the dead mans thing a few times and stalled once. help i love my 97 ford taurus with its six cylender motor. car has 160,000 original miles by me. help.
Wow,this is wild!I just had that same problem yesterday and got it fixed!On mine,the battery light was on too.I brought it to my mechanic and he found that a wire on the alternator had abit of rust making a bad contact(said it was common)he cleaned it and said have a nice day.I've driven yesterday and today and no problems thus far.
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after three starters, neutral switch, battery cables, my nine year old suggested i turn the ford alarm off by hitting the red lite button on the steering colum. now its fine. jeez.
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so far its working but i think there is a greater problem somewhere, ford had it for three weeks and found nothing. its working now but i hope it does not come back. im leaving the alarm off...
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Aftermarket alarm installed?They probably did a hack job like most of the ones I have seen.
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no it was a ford factory alarm with ford remote. so far its been a couple of days and no signs of trouble. if it comes back im junking it. ive replaced the motor, transmission , alternator, starter, heater core, as well as other components. its no wonder ford is about to go belly up as it loses sales to jap car makers. my subaru with 120 thousand miles never gave me a day of trouble aside from brakes. i think the start thing will come back.
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after three starters, neutral switch, battery cables, my nine year old suggested i turn the ford alarm off by hitting the red lite button on the steering colum. now its fine. jeez.
Ford did make an add-on type alarm made an aftermarket company for many years. The factory installed alarm does not have a switch on the steering column. The Secure-Lock system used coded keys to prevent starter operation if the key was not programmed. You would have no cranking at all. The "THEFT" light on the instrument cluster under the temp gauge cold mark would be on solid. The other factory installed system was the perimeter system tha t just monitored door ajar and lock cylinder tamper swithces and would not affect starting at all. Hope this helps you.
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