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Ford taurus won't start when car been running for awhile

2003 ford taurus usually after running and vehicle is turned off and if vehicle is started again usually after 5 or 10 min it won't start sounds like battery is dead but just replace battery usually after sitting for an addional 5 min or so car turns over

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Could be your alternator not being able to spin enough current to start the car. Battery alone wont be enough to start the car. The alternator kicks in and helps. So check the alternator out. Take the alternator out and take it to autozone and they will check it for you for free.

Posted on Jun 01, 2009

  • Sergey F
    Sergey F Jun 02, 2009

    You know, it could also be your FUEL...pressure wise...so maybe your fuel pump is going out, or your fuel filter is clogged.

  • kryz42 Mar 16, 2011

    My girlfriend is having the car run, and then when she parks and returns in 10 or less mins, it does not start......ground wire? the alternator/battery/starter were tested but they WERE NOT removed from the car. advice?

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