Engine not starting

Tiny
03TAURUSSUKS
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I had this same problem with my 2003 Taurus and I needed a new battery.
Service Tech found half of the cells in the battery were shot.
I have not had a problem with that since I got a new battery.

Hope this helps you out.
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 11:51 AM (Merged)
Tiny
ESCRIMATICS
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  • 2003 FORD TAURUS
Front wheel drive automatic.

Turn the key car makes a click and does not start. Will start sometimes. Battery has been okay within past two days.
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 11:51 AM (Merged)
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JBL2321
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  • 2003 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 96,000 MILES
My car was running fine, but then did not drive it for a year and a half. I replaced the battery, fuel filter, spark plugs and did an oil change. The car just keeps cranking like it wants to start but do not. What is the problem?
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 11:52 AM (Merged)
Tiny
BMRFIXIT
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Check fuel quality.
Check for spark.
Hold the gas pedal quarter way down as you are cranking.
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 11:52 AM (Merged)
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RICK_M
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  • 2003 FORD TAURUS
Everything works but it will not start the theft light blinks when the key is in so could it be the theft system wires or something?
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 11:52 AM (Merged)
Tiny
ROCKSHOX203
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It sounds like the transponder chip inside the key is not recognized by your starting system anymore. Have you recently added a remote starter to the car? If you have a spare key that does work you can bring it to the dealer and have them match the chip inside the good key to the chip inside the bad one. It definitely sounds like that is the issue. I have had it happen after putting a remote start in. It bumped the coded key out of the system, thus having the same results you do.
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 11:52 AM (Merged)
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CHERI410
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  • 2003 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 100,000 MILES
Two wheel drive automatic.

I went to the store. Got back in my car and all the bells and lights come on but will not crank. After it sat there for about an hour it cranked. When I got home I turned it off and tried to crank it again and no good. It seems to have to sit for a while before it cranks. Please help!
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 11:52 AM (Merged)
Tiny
RASMATAZ
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https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-cranks-but-wont-start
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 11:52 AM (Merged)
Tiny
BLDG4488
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  • 2003 FORD TAURUS
  • 120,000 MILES
Get one click, but engine does not turn over.
Battery is good.
Sounds like a bad solenoid. I remember bad solenoids on 1960's era Fords. You could jump them with a wire, even a pocket knife to get home, easy to replace.
Does the starter even have a solenoid, or are they now replaced with relays in the main electrical box?
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 11:57 AM (Merged)
Tiny
ASEMASTER6371
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From your description, I agree with starter motor failure which is very common on this motor.

Roy
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 11:57 AM (Merged)
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SCOTTWBAKER
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  • 2003 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 130,000 MILES
It was running fine and all the sudden after sitting for only about half hour, the car started, ran rough for a minute and shut off, it started again and ran for about thirty seconds and shut off and would not start again.

Here is what I have done so far:
- Changed out the fuel filter (I had assumed since I bought this car at a dealer a year or so ago that they would have changed the fuel filter, oil etc. Before putting it on the lot, the filter was OEM and the fuel coming out of it looked almost like dirty oil it was so dark)

- Changed out the fuel pump, I can hear the fuel pump prime now but still does not seem to be getting fuel to the injectors somehow. (Could not hear the pump priming and after seeing how filthy the filter was, I assume it burned out the fuel pump)

- Checked for power and pulse at the electrical plug in at the injectors, both of those tests came out that there was both power and when cranking there was a pulse going to the injectors.

We thought maybe, since it only had quarter tank of gas when replacing the pump, there may be an issue with the gasoline being diluted or just dirty and not being able to gain ignition in the combustion chamber. We added another five gallons on top of that along with an STP Octane boost.

We still cannot get the car to start and I am at a loss as to what else it might be, we did get a can of starting fluid and the car will start with the starting fluid, it just will not stay running once the starting fluid is not being used.

Thank you,
Scott
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 11:57 AM (Merged)
Tiny
SCOTTWBAKER
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Yes, I had checked for spark, and not watching where my hands were at the time I not only saw the spark, but accidentally touched the car and grounded myself and felt the spark, lol.

The car will start and run with starting fluid being pulse sprayed into the intake manifold, but as soon as you pull the starting fluid away it will conk out.

So, I have spark, the electrical connections to the injectors have power and pulse when checked with a test light, we have got a half tank of gas. I am almost wondering, even though the fuel pump is new if it is not bad, I can hear it prime, but it is a little louder than the old one was before it quit on me, so I am going to take the gas line off the front of the fuel filter and prime the pump to make sure that it is getting fuel through the filter to the engine and not just sitting there making noise.
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 11:57 AM (Merged)
Tiny
SCOTTWBAKER
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Although I was a ASE Master Certified mechanic by profession for nearly fifteen years, it has been a good fifteen years since I changed careers and have been working in the engineering industry so the brain and troubleshooting skills are a little rusty. So any advice or input as to how I might be able to rectify this and get my car running again would definitely be appreciated.
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 11:57 AM (Merged)
Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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I have been a "self certified rear lawn/ two car garage vehicle service technician" Many years, the "two car garage certification" came about five years ago!

I am more into CJs and older Fords.

Saw you had been sitting, so I thought I might get things rolling for someone!

Fuel pressure?

I use my oil pressure test gauge with the end changed out!

Whatever works

Whatever is inexpensive!

The Medic
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 11:57 AM (Merged)
Tiny
SCOTTWBAKER
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That is something I guess I did not think about. Once I check to see if the fuel pump is actually working (i.E. Removing the line from the front of the fuel filter and see if it puts out fuel when the pump "primes" then I will know if I do not just have a bad pump and get the joys of doing a flat back removal of the tank to get the fuel pump out again.
I do appreciate your input and advice and I am hoping if not tonight then by tomorrow evening I will be able to get this beast on the road again.
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 11:57 AM (Merged)
Tiny
SCOTTWBAKER
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If it is working I will dig into the bottom of one of my boxes and find my pressure gauge and check the pressure. Thanks again. :)
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 11:57 AM (Merged)
Tiny
O8VERONICA8O
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  • 2003 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 80,000 MILES
Front wheel drive.

My cars would not start so we bought a battery it still would not start, then we bought an alternator it still will not start. Power goes on but it just clicks when you turn the key and nothing else? Why is this happening?
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 11:57 AM (Merged)
Tiny
BMRFIXIT
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You bought an alternator or starter?
As I would suspect the starter.
Check starter.
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 11:57 AM (Merged)
Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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Keep us informed.

This is like soap operas for some of us!

The Medic
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 11:57 AM (Merged)
Tiny
LEOGAL33
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  • 2003 FORD TAURUS
Front wheel drive automatic 100,000 miles.

Sometimes it will not start. There is a silver item (starter? Solenoid?) Attached to the positive battery cable. If I tap on it, the car usually starts. I had the starter replaced last year, so not sure what the problem is. It does cut off battery power. Can you help?
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 11:58 AM (Merged)

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