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Starter on a 2001 Taurus

Car will not turn over. Not the battery or alternator. Believe it is a starter problem. I need help with the repair procedures

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  • Anonymous Jan 14, 2009

    i have same problem i changed the solonoid problem still exist, all i get is a click my my oil filter were not put on right was leaking had oil changed filter wasn't tight oil got all over everything and start went out


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It seems very similar to my problem (if it does not make a clicking noise). Push in your break and shift to neutral then turn your key over. hope it works!

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1. Do you hear a clicking when you turn the key trying to start the vehicle? If so, then it is usually the starter solanoid.

If not...

2. Do you have power? Turn on headlights and try starting the vehicle. Do the lights dim? This will indicate a battery problem. If the lights do not dim, this indicates a strong battery.

3. Is the engine turning over but will not fire up. If so, do you have gasoline? Check for spark will be the next thing to check.

Good luck.

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