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98 taurus , it totally dies, no lights, no interior lights, no start, and suddenly it runs like if nothing happened

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Battery gremlins...have the battery system diagnosed at a Sears auto center , as if you're needing a battery and maybe they'll do it for free? sometime Walmarts do the same-free
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2005 Pontiac sunfire wont start,

Well, you may have shot yourself in the foot by cranking the engine until you totally killed the battery. If there were any fault codes in the computer that could lead you to the cause of your engine not running, they are probably gone now, so the car will have to be diagnosed manually.

When engines stop running, they almost ALWAYS do it suddenly without any warning - so you are not alone. The problem here is that there are probably at least 300 different parts of your car that can be the cause of this. So, I am not surprized that you have been told that it COULD be so many different things. The fact-of-the-matter is that NOBODY can tell you with any certainty what is going on with your car without FIRST performing some diagnostics to eliminate certain possibilities.

The only way any of that is going to happen with any efficiency, is to get the battery charged back up first. NOTHING on your car works properly with a discharged battery. Only after the battery is charged can the other systems be tested.

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My 98 Ford Taurus has something draining the battery over night. I had the battery, alternator, and starter checked. They are all working fine. It is starting to happen more rapidly. Do you have any...

You could have a bad switch somewhere, like in the glove compartment, which wouldn't allow the light to turn off, or it could be a relay not allowing your interior lights to shut off when you close the door, or your headlight switch might be faulty, or anything like that. Start with checking all your lights in the car to see if something does not go out when the car is shut off and write back..

May 05, 2011 | 1998 Ford Taurus

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When you start the car it turns over but want start. You can wait and try again and it will start and run very well. Next time it may not and you have to sit.

Had same problem last year in my 04 Taurus with V6 12 valave Vulcan engine. Engine spins over OK, fuel is pumping (you can smell it at tail pipe) but intermientently would not start. Sometimes would start on the first try, sometimes and the 10th, etc RIght after trying to start all gauges would peg all the way to the right for 20 or 30 seconds. Took it to garage and they said I would have to wait until it totally failed, their diagnostics could not troubleshoot. Finally it totally died. Engine never turned over sluggish, always spun over nicely until it just died completely. Then I could not even get a click out of the starter. I called AAA, they showed up and immediately the guy said, bad battery. He had seen the same symptom in quite a few Taurus's. I told him that it suddenly stopped and never had symptoms of a weak battery. He replaced battery and all has been perfect since ... go figure? Almost sounds like something may have been intermienttly arching internally to the battery, creating non-DC "dirty electrical noise" and freaking out the computer. Who knows .... ?

Aug 25, 2010 | 2004 Ford Taurus

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My radio, interior light, power lock don't work

weird this one ,but what i normally do when confronted by a mixed up electrics and that is to run a new feed wire and disconnect the original

Dec 04, 2009 | 1998 Cadillac Catera

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98 taho will just die suddenly and won't start

This was happening to me in my f150 and I changed the fuel filter and that fixed it

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98 taurus started ran a bit then died now wont start

If that is your only transportation you need to call other repair shops. Find out about towing fees and what diagnostic fees they have.

Before there were diagnostic scanners, there were Mechanics. Scanners come in all types and some will suggest possible solutions and others are tools which Mechanics use to find problems.

For instance, you are told you have fuel pressure. You are told they installed new spark-plugs. You were not told if the spark-plugs are getting electricity to fire. You were not told if the fuel injectors are getting electricity to allow gas to reach the cylinders. You can have fuel pressure but the fuel injectors must open to put gas into the engine.

A noid tester or plain testing light will show if the injectors are opening. A spray of starting fluid will also indicate if the engine is not getting fuel despite fuel pressure. It will try to run with starting fluid if it has spark.

When you find out whether it runs, if not, then check for spark if the starting fluid does not make a difference.

It is questionable whether new spark plugs were needed if installing them had no effect. Check other service places.

Aug 09, 2017 | 1998 Ford Taurus

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