1993 Ford Taurus Taurus SHO won't start

Tiny
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  • 1993 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 186,000 MILES
I have a 1993 Taurus SHO 3.2l Automatic. It has 186,000 miles. The car starts worse and worse getting to the colder weather, and now it just killed and will not start. I know it needed o2 sensors, but it has always started(fired). Now it just cranks over and over and will not fire. I checked a spark plug and no spark, I do smell fuel? Please Help!
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Sunday, November 30th, 2008 AT 12:06 PM

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Tiny
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Check all spark plugs for spark with a spark tester not just by grounding out the plug.

Should be bright, blue and well defined.

Let me k now what you find.
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Sunday, November 30th, 2008 AT 8:48 PM
Tiny
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Where can I get a spark tester? Have never used one. I am pretty mechanically enclined. I did not ground the plug, just pulled it and connected it to the spark plug wire and cranked it. I will say all plug holes are full of oil as usual. Can I test the coil pack? Its just odd that all of a sudden it killed and wont start at all?
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Sunday, November 30th, 2008 AT 8:56 PM
Tiny
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You have to ground it or it wont spark.

You can get a spark tester at any auto part store. Be sure to hook it to a good clean ground.
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Monday, December 1st, 2008 AT 7:37 PM
Tiny
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I do not have spark. Would a code reader tell me if the coil pack, ignition module or the computer is faulty? Next step?
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Thursday, December 4th, 2008 AT 2:21 PM
Tiny
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Not really like that, it will give you a code and you can infer what ones are wrong, but it wont tell you specifically whats wrong.

You have to find that stuff out yourself by testing.
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Thursday, December 4th, 2008 AT 8:07 PM
Tiny
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Can I test the coil pack to see if it is faulty?
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Sunday, December 7th, 2008 AT 5:39 PM
Tiny
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Yes you can. But I usually just put in a better quality high performance one, not really that expensive and saves the testing hassle and youll get better performance.

If you want I can get you some information on testing?
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Saturday, December 13th, 2008 AT 9:13 AM
Tiny
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I did a lot of testing and have come to the conclusion it may be the Computer. I tried a code reader and it wont even connect to the EEEC IV. I also noticed a 10 amp Ignition coil fuse has blown. I havent replaced it yet. Could a blown ignition coil fuse make the fuel pump not operate? Or maybe more fuses and circuits blew? Where does a guy go from here
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Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 AT 11:09 AM
Tiny
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Cant remember, but your vehicle may take the ignition signal directly from the coil so that when cranking the vehicle the pump will turn on and stay on.

Have you checked the fuel pump relays/

replace the fuse as it wont run without that anyways. Wont get spark.
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Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 AT 7:37 PM

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