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2001 ford taurus wont start

Cranks, but wont start. replaced battery, fuel pump and ignition coil pack. What else could it be?

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  • m_richard665 May 19, 2009

    We checked the timing system and it was fine. For a while, the blinkers would randomly turn on when we weren't using the car. Eventually, they went out and we replaced the fuse and than then the lights on the dash would randomly go on and off. About a month ago, the car would randomly crank and not start but if you waited a couple of minutes it would start. Finally it just stopped starting. The car cranks but wont start. My parents had the same problem and it was the ignition switch, but My husband has friends who are mechanics and they said it couldn't be that so my husband wont check that.

  • Teddi B May 11, 2010

    Check the timing system.

  • Kris Masbruch Mar 12, 2013

    I feel you are dealing with a PATS failure. Passive Antitheft System (21 year Master Ford Tech)

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    My ford Taurus would not crank. It did it yesterday and then after a few minutes it started. Auto Zone tested the battery and the alternator and it was fine. Today when I got back in it, it cranked this morning but when I went to get back in it, it did not crank

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    new coil,i sprayed starter fluid in breather,it acted like it wanted to start but cranked over but would not start



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It could be bad plugs, plug wires, a bad ground will do this as well. Check to see if it has the three main things.


Anther common problem is the crank shaft speed sensor. It will cause it to not spark and not start.


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I agree with Joe check for spark, air, fuel and also compression. The crank sensor is also a great suggestion. For spark you can check or replace the igniter sends the signal to the coil. For air, clogged air filter which unlikely or more possible a gasket leak in the intake manifold or throttle body. For fuel, clogged fuel filter, faulty pressure regulator, leaking injectors and or o rings. Compression, bad head gasket, cracked engine block, leaking piston rings. It could be a valve problem, these are just some ideas as what to look for.
In your case I suspect an electrical problem, a short circuit. I would like to find out more about the electrical side of it. Do you constantly have to charge the battery? Does it get drained over night? When the lights were acting crazy was the blinker switch on or other light switch on? It sounds like you have an electrical problem some where in the steering column.

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