Engine not starting

Tiny
ASEMASTER6371
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Starter, yes. Have someone tap on it while you try to start

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 12:18 PM (Merged)
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ERANOU0767
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  • 2003 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • 173,000 MILES
2003 ford ses wont start starter new electrical issues
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 12:18 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Is it cranking over and will not start or just won't crank over at all/nothing when your turn key to cranking position?
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 12:18 PM (Merged)
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ERANOU0767
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It cranks after 100 times the dashboard lights dim when trying to start
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 12:18 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Do below:

Get a helper disconnect a sparkplug wire or 2 and ground it to the engine atleast 3/16 away from ground-have helper crank engine over-do you have a snapping blue spark? If so-you have a fuel related problem, Do you hear the fuel pump come On when you turn key on? If not check fuel pump fuse and fuel pump relay if so, check the fuel pressure to rule out the fuel filter/fuel pump/pressure regulator and listen to the injector/s are they pulsing or hook up a noid light. No snapping blue spark continue to troubleshoot the ignition system-power input to the coil/coil packs, coil's resistances, cap and rotor, distributor pick-up coil, ignition control module, cam and crank sensors and computer Note: If it doesn't apply disregard it and keep testing
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 12:18 PM (Merged)
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HAWKEYE
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  • 2003 FORD TAURUS
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  • 102,000 MILES
2003 taurus won't start new battery, when key turns car clicks
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 12:18 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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No crank at all/nothing/nada when key is engage to starting position

Could be a blown fusible link, the starter, starter relay, park and neutral switch/transmission position switch and ignition switch assuming the battery condition and connections are good. Note:If it doesn't apply disregard.
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 12:18 PM (Merged)
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Thank you so much big help
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 12:18 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Hello My name is Alex, I own a 2003 Ford Taurus LX and for about the last week when I would go to start my car it would take a couple of seconds. It sounded like the battery was dead or something but then the car would start. The battery has power to it and all the lights in the car work. Now my car wont even start. What should I do?
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 12:19 PM (Merged)
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HELPSCOTT
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2003 Ford Taurus 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive 107000 miles

I replaced the battery, the car still wont start. I can I determine if its the starter or alternator?
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 12:19 PM (Merged)
Tiny
WRENCHTECH
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If it still wouldn't start after replacing the battery, that eliminates the alternator. The starter is a possibility but so are a number of other things like the ignition switch, neutral switch, relays, etc. The circuit really needs to be tested.
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 12:19 PM (Merged)
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KAREN YANNA
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  • 2003 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 130,000 MILES
Electrical problem
2003 Ford Taurus 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 130000 miles

theft light flashes fast and the car does not start. It has left me stranded several times. I took it to a mechanic an he replaced the igination and rekeyed both keys. Still it is leaving me stranded. Any suggestions?
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 12:19 PM (Merged)
Tiny
BMRFIXIT
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Check for codes?
Place ignition key along and away from the rest of what else you have on your key chain
Check if had a remote starter was put in the car as that may be also the cause
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 12:19 PM (Merged)
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ALYMAN
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  • 2003 FORD TAURUS
Last year I bought a 2003 Ford Taurus SE used. The car has run well except that within the last 3-4 months it has had an electrical failure, or what I think is an electrical failure, while driving. This failure typically happens when I come to a stop or start from a stop. This problem worsened today when I couldn't start the Taurus after work. I got absolutley no power for several attempts and then it finally started. I have a feeling that I could easily waste time and money with a dealership trying to isolate this problem with multiple repairs. Has anyone had this problem with a Taurus or have heard of this problem? Any ideas as to what is causing it and what the success rate on repairs is?
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 12:19 PM (Merged)
Tiny
SERVICE WRITER
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Intermittant no crank?

Check all the connections for tightness and being clean from and to the battery.
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 12:19 PM (Merged)
Tiny
ALYMAN
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Thanks for the response.

I did check the battery connections yesterday and the cables that connect to the battery are tightly connected and are very clean. Incidentally the car was a fleet car and was well maintained. I was surprised to see how clean the battery connections were.

As for the starting problems that I mentioned at the outset of this thread, no I did not get even an intermittant crank on the first 2-3 tries. Then it started right up without any cranking.

Starting the car is not what worries me the most, its the loss of power when I'm driving that worries me. Not being mechanically inclined, and maybe this is a stupid question, but could the battery cable connections to the alternator be a problem? If they are barely connected, could a momentary disconnection cause my car to loose power when I'm stopping or starting?
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 12:19 PM (Merged)
Tiny
SERVICE WRITER
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This sounds like loose connection problem,

Does the battery discharge at all?
There is TSB on having the PCM reprogrammed for a nocrank problem.

What State are you in?

I think there is a problem in a wiring or connection that affects the pump or ignition coil power circuit.

When the no crank happens, and key is in the run position can you hear the fuel pump running at all?

Also for the heck of it, if you have a different key, use that for a while.
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 12:19 PM (Merged)
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LYNNTAUL
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  • 2WD
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  • 150,000 MILES
This started awhile back. I cannot find anyone that can tell us how to fix the problem. My wife's car. After driving it stop and starting, when you go to crank it, it cranks fine then shuts off unless you hold your foot on the gas pedal. Remove your foot and it shuts off. What I have been doing to fix the the problem is, disconnect both battery cables, wait a few minutes and it runs okay. Now it is getting more frequent and I am having to wait longer with the cables off to get it to start. Everyone says the computer but no one knows what. No error codes at all. Any help would be appreciated.
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Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 AT 10:09 AM (Merged)
Tiny
JACK42
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I would try an Idle Air Control Valve. It adjusts the idle by letting air into the engine, if it gets sticky it can let too much or too little air in causing a stalling problem, they dont always set codes
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Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 AT 10:09 AM (Merged)
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2CARPROS-ARCHIVES
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  • 2003 FORD TAURUS
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  • FWD
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  • 27,000 MILES
2003 Ford Taurus, mileage: 27,000. I could not start my car after just driving in it for five minutes. The car was making a humming noise but yet would want to turn over. A vibration and humming noise was coming from an electrical box that is located above the radiator above the firewall. This part was disabled and replaced immediately. The car started with no problem. I then shut off the car to restart it and it wouldn't start. The same noise and humming was coming from the same area after just replacing it with a new part. Something is burning out or shorting out this part and it has to do with the drive train control module. If you have any assistance or know of what may be doing this, I would greatly appreciate your help and the money you will save me by putting this in the shop without a clue.
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