Bad starter?

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ERICA BOYCE
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  • 2012 FORD TAURUS
  • 100,000 MILES
I had to jump my battery right after I parked it. It was good than for about an hour and than it wouldn't start again. When I would try to start the car, the lights would start flashing. I replaced the battery but I am starting to think its the starter. Maybe?
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Friday, July 8th, 2016 AT 8:35 PM

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CJ MEDEVAC
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Hello,

Here is a guide to help you step by step with instructions in the diagrams below to show you how on your car.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-a-starter-motor

Check out the diagrams (Below). Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.
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Friday, July 8th, 2016 AT 8:58 PM
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JOHNNY G.JR
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Have battery charged fully then have it load tested at parts store, possible that alternator is not up to snuff
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Friday, July 8th, 2016 AT 9:39 PM
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KEN
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Hi ERICA,

It sounds like you may have a battery that is weak or an alternator that needs testing here are some guides that will help you.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-a-car-alternator

and

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-a-car-battery

Please run down these guides and report back.
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Friday, July 15th, 2016 AT 9:24 AM
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LHEVRON81
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  • 2006 FORD TAURUS
  • 3.0L
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 108,000 MILES
Hi, I'm replacing the starter in my car, and have removed all the wires, and both bolts. The starter still won't budge.
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Sunday, April 26th, 2020 AT 12:42 PM (Merged)
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HMAC300
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If all the bolts are out holding it in from back (3) then tap with a rubber hammer or block of wood to break it free
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Sunday, April 26th, 2020 AT 12:42 PM (Merged)
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BOSSONE
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  • 2005 FORD TAURUS
Engine Mechanical problem
2005 Ford Taurus Front Wheel Drive Automatic 1300 miles

how much is it to replace starter on a 2005 ford taurus
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Sunday, April 26th, 2020 AT 12:42 PM (Merged)
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DAVE H
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OEM dealer part starter motor

OHC $166
OHV $179
1 hours labor @ shop hourly rate (usually around $70 p/h)

you could probably get the parts cheaper at an autoparts store?

Hope this helps. Merry xmas
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Sunday, April 26th, 2020 AT 12:42 PM (Merged)
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WOLVEANGEL
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  • 2004 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
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How to replace the starter in my car
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Sunday, April 26th, 2020 AT 12:43 PM (Merged)
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BMRFIXIT
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Disconnect negative battery cable.
Raise and support vehicle.
Remove splash shield.
Disconnect wiring from starter solenoid (and starter motor ground strap on 3.0L engines).
Remove upper and lower starter bolts.
Remove starter.
To install, reverse removal procedure. Tighten bolts to specification
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Sunday, April 26th, 2020 AT 12:43 PM (Merged)
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RICK FREY
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  • 2003 FORD TAURUS
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
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  • 128,000 MILES
How long should it take for a Ford dealers service department to replace a starter motor? I was charged $300.00 or almost 3 hours of work.

Thanks
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Sunday, April 26th, 2020 AT 12:43 PM (Merged)
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CARADIODOC
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That sounds about right. I used to provide my students with a page of business taxes, government regulations that we voted for, insurances, and all the other expenses including all the freebies they give away. After looking at that double column, tiny font, full-page list, it is really hard to figure out how they can manage to stay in business when charging only $100.00 per hour. Other businesses face the same handicaps placed on them by various government agencies, but not nearly to the extent the automotive industry has to deal with. You and I pay for it in the long run.

I can still remember, when working at a very nice family-owned Chrysler dealership in the '90s, we were charging just under $60.00 per hour, and we were amazed to hear the local Goodyear store was charging $75.00 per hour. They were the highest in the city. Today most shops are charging around $100.00 to $110.0 per hour, but that varies a lot in different parts of the country.
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Sunday, April 26th, 2020 AT 12:43 PM (Merged)
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SCRAMMAN
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  • 2003 FORD TAURUS
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  • 2WD
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  • 50,000 MILES
The first time I had this problem, the car became increasingly harder to start. Eventually was able to jumpstart it, but that eventually failed. Removed the start and it was burned up. Replaced the starter and the battery. Three months later, same thing happened. Can't jumpstart the car. I am getting ready to replace the starte and I am pretty sure it will be burned up. What's going on?
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Sunday, April 26th, 2020 AT 12:43 PM (Merged)
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PEAR69
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What is the voltage of the battery measured at the terminals with a high impedence volt meter (not the dashboard reading)- with and without the engine running?
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Sunday, April 26th, 2020 AT 12:43 PM (Merged)
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SCRAMMAN
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Car is not located at my location. Will check.

Thanks for your response.
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Sunday, April 26th, 2020 AT 12:43 PM (Merged)
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LRENZ
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  • 2WD
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  • 36,000 MILES
How do you replace a starter on a 2003 Taurus?
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Sunday, April 26th, 2020 AT 12:43 PM (Merged)
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http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/88091_ScreenHunter_01_Sep_04_2316_1.jpg

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Sunday, April 26th, 2020 AT 12:43 PM (Merged)
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FOREST11
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  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
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  • 140 MILES
How to replace the starter?
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Sunday, April 26th, 2020 AT 12:43 PM (Merged)
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JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Disconnect the battery, remove the wiring from the starter, unbolt the starter from the engine and remove it. Reverse the order to replace.
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Sunday, April 26th, 2020 AT 12:43 PM (Merged)
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EMCDONALD
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  • 2002 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
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  • 128,000 MILES
I have to replace a starter on the above car. It is confirmed the starter is dead.
Please advise of the steps necessary to replace the starter
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Sunday, April 26th, 2020 AT 12:43 PM (Merged)
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MATHIASO
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To be precise in helping you tell me wich one is your ford taurus?

6 Cylinders 2 3.0L Flex Fuel OHV (found in 16% of 2002 Ford Taurus)

6 Cylinders S 3.0L EFI DOHC (found in 19% of 2002 Ford Taurus)

6 Cylinders U 3.0L EFI (found in 65% of 2002 Ford Taurus)
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