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2004 tuarus does not start.

Car has a good battery, fuel and spark. The car wants to start but it seem to flood, to much fuel. Also has the engine check light on. I plugged in the OBD scanner but could not retreive the code. NEED HELP !!!!!!! Thanks Mike

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  • redlegmallar Dec 26, 2008

    I disconnected the battery. This reset the computer and cleared the code, no engine check light on. The car was able to start, but it is not running good at all. Lack of power, sounds like it is back firing, knocking and not shifting correctly. It is not sending a code as of yet.

  • GreenEyes33 Dec 29, 2008

    I have a similar issue. My car will start; but will not remain on. I replaced the alternator; but that did not do the trick. It's possible spark plugs are needed. Quite frankly- this Ford is nothing compared to my old 95 model.

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Ford dealerships have a scanner called an IDS.you will need to find out that code for the CEL that will start you on your path to fixing it.is it possible that due to the cranking the engine is SEVERELY flooded and new spark plugs will have to be installed?i would need more info as to what happened before the car started acting up.

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