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IS it a starter or solenoid?

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  1. 686beretta

    686beretta TS Member

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    I have a 1993 Taurus with a 3.8 engine. Today I filled it up with gas got in it to go home and nothing. It would not offer to crank. The battery was replaced back in June. Is it the starter or solenoid or something else? When I turn the key there is no sound.

    If it is not one of these what could it be? When this happened the tach when across from 0 all the way to 7,000 but the engine never started.

    Let me know, thanks everyone.
     
  2. Shooting Jack

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    There is a fuel pump cut solenoid that may be the culprit. Check to see if you can reset it. Check your battery connections even though you know the battery is fairly new. You didn't indicate if you tried to jump start it. Jackie B.
     
  3. dverna

    dverna Active Member

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    Check the ground.

    Don Verna
     
  4. sliverbulletexpress

    sliverbulletexpress TS Member

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    Check your battery connections. Could be lots of things, ignition switch, neutral safety switch, best to get a wiring diagram and trace it out. Might even be the battery, they just die sometimes without warning.
     
  5. Bisi

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    Could be a lot of things, but I would replace the battery cables, even if that isn't the problem now, because it will be one day.

    I now replace battery cables when they get 10 years old.

    Good luck.
     
  6. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I replace the solenoid on my Chevy pickup but the intermittent failure to crank symptom continued. Turned out it was the gear shifter interlock switch (which allows cranking only in park and neutral).

    Dunno if the Taurus uses a mechanical switch like that or not.
     
  7. Quack Shot

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    Transmission Range Sensor (neutral sw), Battery cables, Ignition Switch, starter (Solenoid and starter are integral unit), low battery. Solenoid may be changed separately. There may also be a relay that controls the solenoid. Not sure on the 93, since it's older than my memory. Do any "lights" on the dash come on? Do they turn off when you try to crank? The inertia fuel switch would just turn off the fuel pump and not prevent the engine from cranking. If the battery is low, you need to check out the charging system and battery.

    There are so many things that can cause the issue. A wiring diagram would be a good place to start, provided you know how to read one and what to do with it.

    Battery cables/terminal ends have been problematic on these vehicles. Inn any event, a "No Crank" condition would warrant looking at the starting system from one end to the other until the problem is found. Check the battery voltage and go from there.
     
  8. Tron

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    Could be a lot of different things. Quack offers some good advice here. Start by checking battery voltage and go from there.

    My money is on a corroded wire....somewhere.
     
  9. Etiquette

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    Will it crank with shift in neutral??
     
  10. Shooting Coach

    Shooting Coach Well-Known Member

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    What Don said. Check the integrity of the cables from battery to engine and/or chassis ground first. Likely loose or corroded.
     
  11. timb99

    timb99 Well-Known Member

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    Wife had a 1990 Taurus LX with a 3.8 engine.

    Had the same thing happen.

    It was the ignition switch in the steering column (the part the key goes into) that had to be replaced.
     
  12. Conn. Man

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    Fords had issues with the cables on the starter corroding.That would be my first place to look.

    Sandy Holehouse.
     
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