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Problem with vehicle is sometimes it will start fine and other times it will not start at all

The car is a ford territory 2004 ghia. I have done all the tests for battery and starter motor with multimeter and results appear normal. Was thinking it maybe the ignition switch or could the crankshaft sensor be an issue? Any suggestions or should I wait till it turns over and take it to an auto electrician? Thing is, they will repeat the tests I did because I know this is the process of elimination. Maybe someone has encountered this problem and can assist me with suggestions before I bite the bullet?

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  • ando_65
    ando_65 Mar 31, 2014

    I had the same problem with mine and intended up being the starter motor. Sometimes it would start and then just cut out.

  • Cole broughton
    Cole broughton Mar 31, 2014

    No, i haven't had the ODB read. When it doesn't go, all the lights display on dashboard as per norm, there is a click noise when I turn the key, but when I turn to where it should fire, theres nothing. When the car does t

  • Cole broughton
    Cole broughton Mar 31, 2014

    When the car does start, i can drive it fine. Turn it off and it may not start again.

  • steve Apr 01, 2014

    the obd is a computer that stores codes relating to problems to vehicle the socket is usually place in or near fuse box, it requires a special reading apparatus , now you have descibed further i would def say its the starter motoe ,next time it wont start give the starter a few firm hits with a rawhide mallet this can usually free the stuck solenoid/bendix spring and it shoud start ,if this geys engine started then change starter.

  • Cole broughton
    Cole broughton Apr 01, 2014

    Thank you for your help, appreciated.



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Starter motors can appear to be normal re electrical testing but internally is where the orob lies ,have you had the OBD read ? when it doesnt start does it turn over and not fire up or not turn over or very sluggish at best ?

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Testimonial: "Cole broughton No, i haven't had the ODB read. When it doesn't go, all the lights display on dashboard as per norm, there is a click noise when I turn the key, but when I turn to where it should fire, theres nothing. When the car does t Mar 31, 2014 Cole broughtonWhen the car does start, i can drive it fine. Turn it off and it may not start again. Mar 31, 2014"


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SOURCE: starter motor

Is there any sound when the key is turned? The solenoid may be stuck, and a light tap with a hammer may free it up. The starter is located on the engine block.

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Removal & Installation (2.0L)

CAUTION:When battery is disconnected, vehicle computer and memory systems may lose memory data. Driveability problems may exist until computer systems have completed a relearn cycle. See COMPUTER RELEARN PROCEDURES article in GENERAL INFORMATION before disconnecting battery. Before testing starter, ensure transmission is in Park or Neutral.

Disconnect negative battery cable. Remove air cleaner. Remove upper starter mounting bolts. Raise and support vehicle. Disconnect starter solenoid wire connections. Remove starter motor lower mounting bolt. Remove starter motor. To install, reverse removal procedure. Ensure negative battery cable is installed with starter mounting bolt. Tighten bolts to specification. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS table.

Removal & Installation (2.5L)

Disconnect negative battery cable. Remove air cleaner and air cleaner bracket. Disconnect starter solenoid wire connections. Remove starter support bracket. On manual transmission equipped models, remove shift cable bracket and disconnect cable. On all models, remove fuel supply line from support bracket. Remove starter bolts. Remove starter. To install, reverse removal procedure. Tighten bolts to specification.

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SOURCE: 2004 Taurus. Will not start at intermittent

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