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Old 12-30-2010, 02:55 PM
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Hi,
Instead of taking all that stuff off to check if the engine is free, jack it up & do it from underneath, it's much easer.
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The Ford Taurus 3.8 has a history of head gasket problems. The problem was supposed to be fixed after the 95 models, but I'm not sure how Ford fixed it. Its possible that you have water in a cylinder, which is preventing it from turning over.

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update: had the starter tested yet again. 7 times at oreilly's, once at AZ. it passed about 4 times at Oreilly's but the screw was probably loose during the failures. passed at autozone. when we hook it to the car it just clix, when we get it out of the bellhousing and try to turn it over the gear comes out as it should but does not spin. the batteries are juiced up and i have used 3 diffrerenmt ones, one with very high cranking amps. the crank shaft turened over quite smoothly by hand. i did not see any loose grounds either. idont know, tests show the starter is good, it spins on their testing machines..
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I didn't read every post so forgive me if this has been mentioned. The Ford Taurus has an inertia switch in the trunk that will trip with a light accident. This switch simply needs to be pushed and it will restart the fuel pump. It is usually on the left quarter behind the trim. There is a hole access it thru.

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the pump is fine, thats the third thing i did, thats definitely not it..
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I think you may not have the wires on the solenoid the correct way, or you have missed one wire (not attached).
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there are only 3 areas for 3 wires. on that starter. im sure they arent in reverse although i could switch them around just to see. the solanoid wire is that little wire on that clib, i know thats secure and on.. there r no wires left to hook up.. im going to look up or try to find pics of other starters but im 99.5 percent sure everything is well. the thing just will not spin when we turn it over and i know its not the torque converter waying it down because it will not spin attached or detached..
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any more clues guys?
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sounds like a bad battery positive or ground cable. Youcould bypass it with jumper cables right to the starter.
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sounds like a bad battery positive or ground cable. Youcould bypass it with jumper cables right to the starter.
we done that already with 3 diff batts
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any more clues guys?
As I said in the beginning, those cars have ground issues. Try grouning the block to the negative battery terminal and see if it cranks.
If teh starter turns outside the car but not when connected, as long as the battery is good it proves you have a bad connection.
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I don't know if I should create a new thread or if it's ok to post here as I'm new,but here goes.
I seen some one asked if you tried to jump the starter with a screwdriver, have you tried this? I would think this would tell you if you have a good ground and power.
I have a 2000 Taurus with what sounds like the same issue ,good battery, I haven't had the starter tested but I did jump the starter. While jumping the starter, I heard it spin but it did not engage the flywheel.
Any ideas? If I should not have posted this here I apologize.
Let me know and I'll delete it and make my own thread.
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I don't know if I should create a new thread or if it's ok to post here as I'm new,but here goes.
I seen some one asked if you tried to jump the starter with a screwdriver, have you tried this? I would think this would tell you if you have a good ground and power.
I have a 2000 Taurus with what sounds like the same issue ,good battery, I haven't had the starter tested but I did jump the starter. While jumping the starter, I heard it spin but it did not engage the flywheel.
Any ideas? If I should not have posted this here I apologize.
Let me know and I'll delete it and make my own thread.
I would go have the starter checked if it was me.JMO


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That's my next step, I just thought it was odd that I jumped the starter and it spun but I can't get it to spin by turning the key.
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That's my next step, I just thought it was odd that I jumped the starter and it spun but I can't get it to spin by turning the key.
Oh didn't know that, Hummmm!!!!!!!!!


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I suggested a nuetral switch or ignition switch earlier. I wonder if they were verified as working correctly?
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