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1997 ford taurus will not start

The car was used every day then i parked it for two weeks. Tried to start to no avail. In start position there isn't even a click. voltage at battery 12v. I ran a jumper from s terminal on starter to positive on battery with key in on position. Engine cranks but no start. Any ideas?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Pull the colum covers and check the ignition switch to see if it has come apart.

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Voltage is not really the issue here, the amperage is the thing that make things go.
you battery may have 1 or 2A, but hte bettery still reads 12v.
are you getting any gas to the engine.?
try a new battery, and give it a short bust, not a long cranks. and give enough gas in between the bust.

Posted on Dec 02, 2008

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    Frank Dec 09, 2008

    what is inapropriate???

    want to explain that???

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