1993 Ford Taurus Several problems

Tiny
SOCKSNCA54
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  • 1993 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 10,000 MILES
Mom's car has set for almost a year, started most regularly, not recent. Problem first, car would start, run fine, shut off and not restart for 20 minutes to more than an hour. Fuel pump replaced 6 years ago. Car checked by two Ford Repair shps, nothing found and checked by another mechanic, still no answer. Not one was willing to keep it or drive it until the malfuction occured. Mom afraid of car, but would not let go of it. The car is in excellent condition inside and out. Mom asked if I wanted the car or to donate it. I love this old car, I am a previous 95 Taurus owner. My concern is the fluids, gas, and belts sitting idle for a long time. Also, is it worth the effort and money, if so how much is to much, to have it towed and checked out? I am at a loss, and very disappointed in the Ford and mechanic shops she took it to, including the one where she purchased it.
Older but wanting to be wiser.
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Sunday, February 7th, 2010 AT 12:37 PM

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Tiny
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When it will not start, do this and get back to me on what's missing. Start with the basics, and work your way up, Last tune up was? Wires plugs ALL filters? If all that is ok, check for a stuck EGR, then test fuel pump pressure, If it won't restart, determine what's missing, the engine needs three things to run, Spark at all plugs, gas to all cylinders, and compression in all cylinders, tho an engine may run lacking one in one cylinder, it won't run very well!
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Is the check engine light on? Most common problem on these is the ignition module, you can remove it and the parts store can test it for you, b 4 you buy a new one...
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Sunday, February 7th, 2010 AT 7:44 PM
Tiny
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Again, I understand your instructions and no, the check engine light was never on. Addressing the issues of the car sitting for a lenghty time, I assume it should be towed to a shop, as the fluids have been sitting for a lenghty time. Also, opinion of investing money into this car, is it worth it? Did the 93's have certain mechanical problems I have stated?
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Monday, February 8th, 2010 AT 8:50 AM
Tiny
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If mom took care of regular maintainence, once you change out the fluids, tune it up and such, I always say the devil you know is better than the devil you dont.
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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 AT 2:00 AM
Tiny
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Appreciate your professional advice. I will discuss this with my mother. She could change her mind and keep the "Old Gal" after it is repaired and trust worthy! "Oldie but Goodies", never go out of style!
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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 AT 8:17 AM
Tiny
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OK, Your welcome. Good luck with it!
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Friday, February 12th, 2010 AT 3:09 PM

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