2000 Ford Taurus LX

Tiny
KEITH D
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  • 2000 FORD TAURUS
  • 3.0L
  • V6
  • 99,879 MILES
I have replaced the starter and the battery - car sometimes does repeated clicking when trying to start then other times will not click at all - I can;t get my car started is another problem I don't know? Thank you
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Thursday, February 27th, 2014 AT 5:53 PM

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CJ MEDEVAC
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MIGHT LOOK AT SOME OF THIS AS A POSSIBILITY

THE BEGINNING IS EZ STUFF TO LOOK AT (STAY CLEAN--MINIMAL TOOLS)

THE LATTER IS USUALLY THE PROBLEM---AND NOBODY WANTS TO "JUMP IN"!

SOMETIMES IT'S JUST A MATTER OF GETTING IN THERE, AND GIVING IT SOME "TOUGH LOVE"

TRY THIS STUFF, BE "DETERMINED" WITH THE CONNECTIONS--NOT JUST A LOOKY AND TOUCH!

THIS IS SORTA GENERIC---APPLIES TO MIGHT NEAR ANYTHING WITH AN ELECTRIC STARTER

YOU COULD HAVE OTHER PROBLEMS

INSURE YOUR BATTERY IS GOOD, OTHERWISE, YOU ARE STILL GETTING NO WHERE!. AND ONCE YOU ARE RUNNING, YOUR ALTERNATOR IS CHARGING (CAN BE CHECKED FOR FREE AT MOST AUTO PARTS STORES)

USUALLY ITS SOMETHING EZ TO DO--IF YOU DO IT RIGHT

YOU COULD HAVE FAULTY RELAYS OR FUSES. SAVE RELAYS FOR LAST! (IF ANY)

CHECK YOUR FUSES!---YOUR OWNERS MANUAL MAY SHOW YOU LOCATIONS THAT YOU KNEW NOTHING ABOUT!

REMOVE AND REPLACE "SUSPECT" FUSES SEVERAL TIMES--THIS MAY SCRAPE OFF CORROSION AND GIVE THEM BETTER CONTACT!

THIS WILL WORK FOR YOU, PROVIDED THAT YOUR BATTERY IS GOOD---OR YOU CAN BE JUMPED OFF!

REMEMBER "NEW STUFF" CAN BE BAD TOO!

YOUR STARTER MAY BE BAD!

YOUR SOLENOID MAY BE BAD!

RELAY PROBLEM

EVEN IGNITION SWITCH

BATTERY COULD BE BAD!

FUSIBLE LINKS!

BEFORE YOU RUN OUT AND START BUYIN' STUFF--OR GO INTO MAJOR TESTING

THIS PART HERE IS THE EZist STUFF YOU CAN DO, NORMALLY ITS A "NO COST" FIX

IN MOST CASES THIS IS THE PROBLEM!

PEOPLE GET LAZY!----THEY DO NOT ACTUALLY DO THIS STUFF

IT BITES 'EM IN THE BUTT. THEY COULDA BEEN RIDING LONG AGO!

TAKE STUFF LOOSE (REALLY DO IT!)--EVERY ONE OF 'EM, ONE AT A TIME--ATTEMPT TO "START" AFTER EACH "FIX"---MAYBE YOU WILL FIND THE PROBLEM BEFORE YOU DO 'EM ALL!) CLEAN, OR AT MINIMUM LOOSEN AND "SCOOCH" THE CONNECTORS AROUND----TIGHTEN THE NUTS OR BOLTS WELL! DO NOT JUST PASS OFF ANY BIG CABLE CONNECTION AS, "IT LOOKS GOOD".

PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE BATTERY POSTS---CLAMPS---CABLE CONNECTIONS TO THE CLAMP (I'M TALKING ABOUT THE OLD STYLE "SQUEEZER" DEALEES, CLAMP TO CABLE)

IF YOU HAVE SIDE POST TERMINALS---TURN THE RUBBER INSIDE OUT/ REMOVE THE BOLT/ SCRUB THE FLAT CONNECTOR WITH A WIRE BRUSH OR SCRAPE IT WITH A KNIFE, TILL IT'S CLEAN---SAME FOR ITS MATING SURFACE ON THE BATTERY!

MANY TIMES THERE AIN'T MUCH SLACK IN THE CABLE----NO WHINING!---YOU GOTTA GET IT CLEAN, ESPECIALLY IF YOU CAN SEE "GREEN CRAP" CAKED ON 'EM!

YEAH, IT'S NOT EZ TO GET IN THERE, BUT LOOK AT WHAT YOU WILL GO THRU IF YOU DON'T!

THIS IS WAR--YOU GOTTA CHECK IT ALL--ANY CONNECTION---POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE THAT A BIG CABLE BOLTS TO. GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY!

IF A CABLE GOES TO A BOX/ DEVICE--IT GOES ON THRU IT---CLEAN CONNECTIONS COMING AND GOING---TO WHEREVER THEY GO!

EVENTUALLY YOU WILL REACH THE STARTER CONNECTION (POS) AND THE ENGINE/ BODY (NEG)

DON'T TELL THE SHOP, AS YOU GIVE 'EM YOUR $$$---WHILE WHINING---"I WAS TOLD TO CLEAN THAT CONNECTION, AND I DIDN'T!"

AS YOU PROGRESS, TRY TO CRANK HIM UP---YOU MAY FIND EXACTLY WHICH CONNECTION WAS THE PROBLEM!

I'VE SEEN THIS SAME CATASTROPHE, MANY MANY TIMES (I SAW IT A WHILE BACK, AS I WAS ABOUT TO "CAR DOLLY" A FRIEND, THEN I DID THE CHECKS, IT WAS THE SIDE POSTS ON THE BATTERY CONNECTIONS). AND IT'S SO SIMPLE TO FIX. SAD THING, WHEN I GOT THERE, NOTHING HAD BEEN DONE 'CEPT AN ATTEMPTED JUMP START.I WAS GONNA HAVE TO PULL HIM 40 MILES, HE WASTED 3 HOURS OF MY TIME. LAZY, LAZY, LAZY.I HAD HIM CRANKING IN MINUTES!

YOU COULD BE RUNNING BEFORE YOUR "CALVARY" ARRIVES!

RETURN WITH GOOD NEWS!

OR YOUR FINDINGS AND WE WILL CONTINUE

SEE MY PICS BELOW

THE MEDIC
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Thursday, February 27th, 2014 AT 7:25 PM
Tiny
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Reset your antitheft if no manual look online. Then check battery terminal ends for corrosion and see if starter has same power as battery
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Friday, February 28th, 2014 AT 9:50 AM

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