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I have a 1999 Taurus only owner and no bad problems, has 122,000 mls. Haven't been driving it for about two months,(riding bus) but have start at least 2 or so times a week. Last Tuesday I desided to drive to the park & ride TOO Hot to walk. When I returned that evening it wouldn't start. Battery is new, all indicator lights are fine. When I turn the key to the started position there is a click seems to be in the dash, but not the type from a low battery lights don't dim or any of that. Just nothing, our '87 Tarus did something simular due to a relay not pulling in. Could or is this the same cause and how do I locate the bad relay or does it sound like something totally different. Thanks, David

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  • anders_david Jul 12, 2009

    All conections on battery are tight, put in the new battery in November '08. I changed out the starter in fall '06, and it has been turning like a top, course that doesn't mean it's not the culprit. It just doesn't seem like a battery electcal connecton or how the ones I've had in the past would act.

  • anders_david Jul 12, 2009

    Will do, I haven't checked the stater solinoid connection but wil do so. I have to walk over to where the car is parked check these suggestions and see if it solves it, will let you know in about an hour or so.

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This is the sound of the solenoid to make a contact first so the current can flow through your stater and engage with the fly wheel to turn the engine on. Overtime, the contacts are getting corroded or burnt surface due to high current arcing after each engine start, so now it could not conduct current any more.
It is intergrated in the body of your starter and can't be replaced separately. It needs to be replaced the entire starter assembly. Before proceeding with , let's have a sanity check on your battery again to see if it can honk with all head lamp turning on. Good luck.

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First thing to do is check the battery connections, are they both tight?

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    Craig Butler Jul 12, 2009

    Did you check the ground wire on the engine block? It comes back to the battery negative and has to be checked. Also the wires on the starter solenoid.

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