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#2920 of 3012 2001 Taurus LX wont restart when engine is warm
May 11, 2009 (3:19 am)
Good Morning, All.
Hopefully, someone can help with this ...
Recently, I have had problems restarting my 2001 Ford Taurus, after I have been driven it for a while. I first noticed the problem when doing errands around town. I start the car and drive to the first destination or two and car starts / restarts (sometimes a bit sluggishly). Once car seemed to warm up, it became harder to start. When i turn the key, the engine cranks VERY SLOWLY as if the battery is dying/dead. If i try to restart 2 or 3 times, i get no engine cranking noise at all.
Last week, i went to get gas after driving about a 1/2 hour on the highway. When i went to turn the car back on, NOTHING. If i turn the key 3/4 of the way, the lights come on, the radio comes on, the windows can be put up and down, but when i turn the key to actually start the car, i HEAR NOTHING. The key turns to the end. After sitting about 20 - 30 min. the car did restart.
The battery was replaced in November when i got the car (as was the air filter, spark plugs, etc). I just had some work done at the dealership (including new gas cap, coolant flush, etc) but have no idea why this is happening.
Has this happened to anyone? Could it be the starter relay? The starter? Vapor Lock?
#2921 of 3012 Re: 2001 Taurus LX wont restart when engine is warm [nh_taurus]
May 12, 2009 (7:53 pm)
ii am having the exact same problem with my 2001 taurus se... not able to diagnose...no clue... one thing i noticed... when u turn the key 3/4 ... a noise come... may be the fuel pump.. when it comes.. the car starts.. if not then it doenot.. try noticing it
#2922 of 3012 Re: 2001 Taurus LX wont restart when engine is warm [avneet]
May 13, 2009 (1:46 am)
yeah - when i turn key, lights come on, and i do hear the fuel pump noise (lol - i HOPE that is the fuel pump).
Unfortunately, i got ready for work yesterday, and the car was DEAD. Fortunately it was in my driveway and not the gas station. AAA came calling and investigated. Tech was 99% sure it was the starter but had to be towed anyway.
Sure enough, mechanic replaced the starter and now the car runs. All i need to do is repair / replace the other faulty components...
So, maybe your starter is on the way out? As your symptoms are different than mine, then maybe not...
thanks for the help and good luck
#2923 of 3012 2001 Taurus starting problem
May 14, 2009 (6:16 pm)
I am having a strange problem with my car. It smetimes starts ad sometimes doesnot. When i turn the key 3/4(dont crank) the lights come on and a noise come (i guess the fuel pump), the car starts.If this fuel pump noise doesnot come, the car starts momentarily and the then shuts off. After 4-5 attempts its just cranks and doesnot start. It doesnot give any problems after it has started. No other problems at all. I got the fuel pressure from the fuel pump checked by attaching the pressure meter and it was fine. Can anybody please help
#2924 of 3012 2000 Taurus DOHC serpentine belt tensioner
May 31, 2009 (11:59 am)
2000 Taurus Wagon DOHC - just went over 200k miles. Over the past year, I have had problems with the serpentine belt jumping off. Every time that happens (sometimes within 30 - 60 days of a new belt), the belt has a lengthwise split or cut about 6 inches long. I have thought it jumped off / up on one of the pulley wheels and split or cut it on one of the ridges before it came off completely.
NOW, I went to put a new belt on and the tool (15 mm socket) will not pull the tensioner to release tension. The instructions indicate pulling CCW to release tension, but that actually loosens the tension wheel so that it seems to be ready to come off. When I turn CW, the bolt tightens up some, but never seems to become completely tight and still does not pull the tension wheel forward to release tension and allow me to put on the belt.
Am I missing something? Is there a nut inside the wheel that has come off? Is the tensioner shot? Did I turn it the wrong way? CW or CCW? The Haynes Manual I have does not seem to cover this situation.
Jun 14, 2009 (8:16 am)
imy x wife owns a 95 sable.there is a vacum line missing on the left side of the mass flow. where does it connect at.
#2926 of 3012 '96 Taurus doesn't start
Jun 14, 2009 (8:45 am)
I have been studying what to do about my '96 Taurus 3.0 OHV concerning it not starting. I have taken it to a 'not so hot' mechanic here and they were total idiots about what is wrong. The engine was replaced with a brand new one in 2001. Not the wiring. It now has approx. 35,000 miles on it. It quit running, at 65mph, like it was running out of gas (full tank). I have checked for gasoline pressure at the injector bank, LOTS of pressure. Didn't check injectors themselves but when I pulled every sp. plug to check for spark (all had spark), they were wet and smelled of gasoline. So I assume (?) they were getting gas. The plugs (Rapid Fire) all looked very normal with no extraordinary buildup with only normal wear etc. 8000 miles on this set.
The mechanic did a compression check without and then with oil in the cyls. Same readings 230, 245, 160 and 175. He did nothing else except put new spark plugs in. He said the engine was shot!! Frankly, I just don't believe this as there could be too many other things that could give low compressions.
This engine has run and started perfectly (excepting a bad VSS which I replaced) since I got it in 2002.
I would like to do more tests on it when I get it home,
One being a Leakdown test. Only problem is I have never done one. Can anyone explain how this is done and can I do it or do I have to take it to another shop?
Should I rule out a bad or jumped timing chain?
What other tests should I do concerning this low compression?
Since it won't start, all the tests so far have had to be done only while cranking the engine with the starter. Unfortunately the OBDII does not work so I have to check things the old fashioned way.
If you can, please HELP!
#2927 of 3012 Re: 2003 Taurus mystery smell... mold? [weather475]
Jul 20, 2009 (8:39 pm)
I am a little late getting in, but my wifes car has the same smell. We had to change out the cabin air filter a couple of times. This seemed to get rid of the smell. There is something about that year of Taurus. The cabin air filter was put in a bad spot or something, but because of this it has to be changed out more often than usual. It took me a while to figure this out. They do not tell you this when you buy one.
#2928 of 3012 Re: 1996 Taurus power seat switch [twobigdogz]
Jul 26, 2009 (6:35 pm)
any answer on the power seat issue I have the same problem on my 99
Aug 30, 2009 (10:08 am)
I am having trouble locating the transmission speed sensor on my 99 taurus 6cyl. can anybody please help