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Wont start my boyfriends mother has a 1996 ford windstar van. I drove it twice today and it started just fine. After the second time i drove it, I got home, turned the car off, and i heard a noise that sounded like gargling coming from the engine. Almost like the radiator needed water. When I got into the van for the third time, it just wouldn't start. I turn it on, and it cranks just once, and then nothing. looked under the hood, and raidator has water, the battery seems to have plenty of juice, and nothing seems to be out of place. So I looked in the owners manual for anything that could help me with the problem, and it said something about the fuel pump needing to be reset, but I am not sure if I am doing that right. Because when I tried to push on the red button that I am assuming is the reset switch, it didn't really make a click noise or do much of anything. Could it be the battery? Help! sincerely, Cendy

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  • cendyrella20 Dec 31, 2008

    I was just told that I am wrong about the engine cranking once. What it actually does is just clicks once. Sorry about that.

  • cendyrella20 Jan 01, 2009

    Decided to take van into a professional. As none of us here are mechanically inclined. Thanks for your input.

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    If the engine turns over like it is wanting to start then the:
     battery is fine.
        Open the air cleaner and with assistance look to see if gas is present and or going down into the engine while trying to start. If gasoline is present and going into the engine then: 
      it is not the fuel pump.
    with a philips screwdriver place one of the spark plug wires into the screwdriver and put it close to the block holding only onto the  insolated handle keping hands away from all moving parts and se if it sparks.  If it sparks, take it to a garage as the problem is bigger that you can care for w/o test eqiptment. If it does not spark, lok for loose wires , bad distribuator cap or rotor/ Hope this helps.

  • Kuya Louie May 11, 2010

    is there enough gas in the tank? are you sure the engine doesnt overheat? try charging your battery. cold weather makes it hard for the battery to have enough cranking power, then let me know.

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Start with charging up the battery and the try to start it. 

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Try charging your battery then. see if it would crank faster and start.

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