HI, my wifes 2000 Ford Taurus has a problem. Intermittently it will not start and it will not turn over. The starter does not make a noise. Most times it starts fine. This problem is intermittent and there is no pattern to when it acts up. It is not the battery since it is 2 years old and I just cleaned the battery posts the other day so I am sure it is neither of those. It died in the driveway at the house and I cleaned the terminals and put a charger on the battery. (Terminals looked good.) That did not get it to start or turn over. I put my charger away and then I tried it again and it started right up.
When it won't start it acts like the starter gets no power. It does not turn over or make any noise from the starter. (I tried wiggling the auto gear shifter and jiggling the key. Neither did any good.) I hear a clicking sound behind the radiator in what looks like a fuse box. The positive battery cable goes to this box. It makes the clicking sound when it starts and when it acts up. The clicking is when the key is turned to start.
I worked on cars in the 70's until now so I know a little about almost everything except the computers. Does it have a solenoid that is separate from the battery? That is what it acts like. I hope someone is familiar with this car!
The starter does not crank or make any noise when it is acting up. When it starts it sounds normal and does not seem to drag or make any unusual sounds. When it acts up it always starts after a little while. The problem is intermittent and the car has started fine for 4 days without a hitch. I have been called several times when the car had problems and this is the first time it did it to me. This is the wife's car. Usually she calls and then calls me back a short while later and tells me the car started. It is not a hot weather problem. It happened in the winter and first thing in the morning a couple times. My first thought is the starter solenoid is the problem. Can anyone help?
I WAS ABLE TO GET YOU A DIAGRAM OF YOUR STARTING SYSTEM
MY BEST GUESSES ARE: 1) SOMEWHERE IN YOUR BATTERY CABLES, THE GROUNDS, THE STARTER CONNECTIONS, ETC, MAY NEED TO BE LOOSENED AND "SCOOCHED AROUND" OR EVEN TAKEN LOOSE OR CLEANED. THE BATTERY IS NOT THE ONLY CONNECTION THAT COULD CAUSE A PROBLEM!
2) THE CLICKING YOU HEAR IS THE STARTER RELAY (BATTERY JCT BOX. ACCORDING TO THE DIAGRAM) THE RELAY IS AN ELECTROMAGNET WHICH "DRAWS 2 CONTACTS TOGETHER" TO COMPLETE A CIRCUIT. THE ELECTRO PART OF IT MAY WORK JUST FINE (CLICKING), BUT THE ACTUAL CONTACTS MAY BE BURNT OR PITTED FROM THEM ARCING EACH TIME THEY TOUCHED OVER THE YEARS. MIGHT BE TIME TO REPLACE IT. THIS MIGHT BE HOW MUCH IT HURTS, IF YOU DECIDE ON THROWING A PART AT IT, WITHOUT MORE EXTENSIVE TESTING!
OTHER THAN THESE IDEAS, YOU CAN LOOK THE DIAGRAM OVER AND SEE THE OTHER. NOT SO EZ POSSIBILITIES IN THE CIRCUIT
THE STARTER ITSELF MAY BE INTERMITTENTLY WORKING, THAT'S A HARD THING TO TEST. NEVER DOES IT ON THE BENCH!
WITHOUT EXACT INFO OF YOUR VEHICLE (ENGINE SIZE, MODEL) I INSTALLED A "GUESS" BOTH TIMES I GOT THESE LINKS. THIS "MAY" BE YOUR STARTER, AND COST, IF IT GOES THAT FAR
I LIKE THE REMAN STUFF, CHEAPER AND A LIFETIME WARRANTY!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOUR "BATTLE PLAN IS" AND YOUR RESULTS