Question about 2000 Ford Taurus

Open Question

2000 Ford Taurus will not start

My problem is very similar. Replaced the battery 4 months ago and keep clamps tight and terminals free of corrosion. Most of the time it will start right up, but as of late it acts like it is not getting any juice. The instrument panel lights will sometimes blink or dim while turning the key to start. Sometimes the sylenoid will "click."
I have somewhat isolated it to a faulty ground. The negative battery cable gets very hot to the touch after repeated attempts to start and upon moving the cable around, while ignition is on the clicking noise is heard again. Tonight I will investigate further and let you know what I find.

Posted by on


6 Suggested Answers

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

  • 208 Answers

SOURCE: 98 ford explorer eddie bauer 4.0 v6 clicks while idling.

The first thing I would do is go to Autozone and have the engine codes read. All of the codes that have been triggered will still be stored in the computer. Is the AC on when you hear this clicking. I think it might just be the AC clutch making the noise. Try to narrow down the source of the noise, and it would not hurt to clean the battery cables. Test one thing at a time to avoid confusion. Let me know what you find out.

Posted on Sep 16, 2008

  • 93 Answers

SOURCE: 1995 ford f150 makes single loud click when trying to start

Does it make the loud click just once, or will it continue to click when you turn the key?
If it is just once, then there is still a bad connection someplace for the main power. If it continues to click every time you turn the key to "start", then it is probably the starter solenoid itself that is bad. There are two big terminals (bolts) on the solenoid, and if you connect a 12V test light or meter across them, you should see power there. If the light doesn't go out (or very dim) when you turn the ign. to 'start', then the solenoid is bad. If the light goes out and the starter doesn't turn, then there is something wrong with the starter. I suspect the solenoid also because it works better with a strong charge on the battery.

Posted on May 19, 2009

  • 407 Answers

SOURCE: 2000 Ford E350 Econoline, 5.4L. Won't start.

neutral safety switch also if the shifter handle is real loose the assm might be bad there known to break or the bushings to get warn out.

Posted on Oct 21, 2009

  • 4669 Answers

SOURCE: 95 F250 not starting

You said you tightened the battery cables, did you check the other end of the negative where it bolts to the engine. When you tightened the cables you also used a battery brush and cleaned the posts and ends?

Posted on Mar 27, 2010

Testimonial: "thank you"

  • 1374 Answers

SOURCE: my ford f150 wont start, battery is good, have a

Battery cables, neutral safety switch, ignition switch

Posted on Apr 28, 2010

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

My battery terminals keep snapping and I have replaced the postive twice already in two months. What could be causing them to snap in half? They are hard metal so I don't understand.

A poor connection to the battery can melt a cable. Make sure your battery terminal is clean and free from corrosion.Make sure that your battery lead has slack and that it is not taught, especially when the engine is revving.
Make sure you don't over-tighten the soft battery terminal as it will over stress.

Nov 14, 2012 | 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

1 Answer

My 1996 ford taurus wont start i tried everything new battery new starter all it does is click what can it be?

follow the positive cable from battery, and you will find it ! did you change starter solinoid with the starter! the clicking and will not turn over is caused by battery, starter solinoid, or bad battery cable. The starter solenoid on many Ford vehicle's is on the inner fender well, The terminals should be free of corrosion and should tighten up well.
When the connections are tight you should not be able to twist them by hand.

good-day !

Dec 20, 2011 | 1996 Ford Taurus

1 Answer

2001 taurus random stalling. try to restart get click,click click. after several trys starts fine with no noticable slowdown of starter rpm.

Try cleaning and retightening the connections at your battery terminals. Corrosion will cause a bad connection, especially on the negative side. Also make sure the battery cable isn't corroded where it attatches to the clamp itself. Sometimes those will cause a weak connection....Mike

Jul 18, 2011 | 2001 Ford Taurus

1 Answer

While driving my 2000 toyota sienna xle the dash,head and rear lights flicker. i just replaced battery two months ago

Check the fusebox for loose fitting / corrosion of fuses. Corrosion problems at the fuse pins can be hard to detect at first - the metal should be clean. If not clean it with WD40 or contact spray. The fuse should sit tight in the fuse clamp.

When the problem stays it might be a clamp on the fusebox making a bad connection.

Jul 02, 2011 | Toyota Sienna Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

How do I replace battery cables on a 1993 ford escort?

From what I can determine, the battery cables are part of an engine sub harness. Cost of the part is in the $300 range. However, I suspect your real problem is the connectors on the cables which attach to the battery. They should be cleaned very well, free of all signs of corrosion and tightened securely. There is a common problem of the terminals corroding and cracking / breaking. They can be replaced easily and cheaply by cutting off the old terminal(s) , stripping back (or leaving exposed) about a 1/2" of wire. If wire has any corrosion, sand down to remove corrosion. The replacement terminals should be the clamp on type that you insert the wire into the clamp connection on back of new terminal and tighten it down securing the wires to the new terminal, then attaching them back to the battery. Cost around $10, buy some anti-corrosion spray for batteries also and spray them well after installation to battery to prevent this from happening again.
NOTE: Negative or black (if color coded) should come off first. Then remove positive (red) cable. Remove both cables from battery before performing repairs. Positive (red) cable goes back on first, negative cable (black) goes on last. This will prevent you from damaging your computer system and eliminate the chance of arcing (sparking) while effecting repairs.
Hope that helps!....Mike

Jun 25, 2011 | 1993 Ford Escort 4 Door

1 Answer

1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, on occasion while attempting to start I get full power and lights on the dash but starter will not turnover. If i boost the jeep from antoher vehicle when this happens it...

The following assumes you have a top-post battery rather than screw-in battery terminals on the side of the battery.

The battery may be new, but if excess side torque was applied to the battery post when the clamps were installed, the seal around the post may be cracked. Battery acid and fumes leaking through the crack (even if it is microscopic) cause corrosion between the post and connector. Try removing the battery cable clamps and cleaning them and the posts with a battery terminal cleaner brush. If you see corrosion (yellow or yellow-white crust) on the battery post, you have a cracked seal. Wipe everything around the post with a disposable rag, then coat the plastic around the post with petroleum jelly (but not the post. This will reduce the flow of corrosive chemicals onto the connection.

Another possibility is that the battery cable clamps were not thoroughly cleaned when the battery was replaced, and now the corrosion from the old battery is causing problems.

If you are removing or installing terminal clamps on a post-type battery, you must avoid putting a bending force on the post. That means when you turn the wrench or socket on the clamp bolt, you must hold the battery clamp with your free hand and use it to exert a force in the opposite direction from the wrench to keep the post from "bending." Failing to cancel the sideways torque on the post, as I mentioned above, will crack the seal around the post. Since I began observing this precaution, I have run batteries for a full lifetime without any terminal corrosion problems.

Jul 08, 2017 | 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee

1 Answer

1997 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX GTP 3.8L supercharged: 4 months ago, my GTP had problems starting. Car started fine, then after stopping (for ex. getting gas), does not start again. All that happens is the...

The positive battery cable is prone to corrosion at the battery end. Many times, the connector will completely decay loose at the cable end. Replace the cable if that is the case--don't use a clamp-on replacement terminal as they are prone to failure. Make sure the negative cable is in good condition as well. Check the connector interior for a bright lead surface. Check the tightness of both cables at their far end terminals. Hope this helps!

Apr 12, 2010 | 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix

1 Answer

Starting problem

It could be the starter solinoid or the starter, If you can remove starter you can take it to any advance auto parts store and they can check your starter for free,

I’m happy to assist further over the phone at

Jul 04, 2009 | 2000 Ford Taurus

1 Answer

Will crank, very slowly, but won't start

Hey Mona, 1st thing u should check is the battery. Most auto parts stores offer a free check of your battery and your charging system. This will tell if the battery is bad, or if the system (alternator) isn't charging the battery. Yes, it could be a starter problem, but since yours is only 14 months old, it should be ok. Let me know what they say, I'll help some more if u need it. Also, how do the battery terminals look (where the cables clamp on to the battery)? Is there corrosion build up (powdery deposits) on the cables and battery terminals (where the cables clamp on the battery?) If there is, u may just have to remove the cables, clean them up w/ sandpaper, coat w/grease or vaseline to prevent future corrosion. It could be as simple as that to fix, so check this 1st.

Nov 25, 2008 | 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Not finding what you are looking for?
2000 Ford Taurus Logo

Related Topics:

157 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Ford Experts


Level 3 Expert

81400 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22359 Answers

gerry bissi

Level 3 Expert

4376 Answers

Are you a Ford Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides