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My daughter has a 2004 taurus that will not turn over. If I jack the car up in the front it will turn over and start. If I let it down it dies. key switch?

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Gremlins? Wow, ok. This sounds like a problem with the Fuel tank but being this new you shouldn't have this. In the gas tank there is a baffle that keeps the gas near the fuel pump. I hate to recommend it but remove the fuel pump and see if the sock on the end has come free or if the pump has an issue with the safety switch. There is a switch in the pump that causes it to cut out if it detects the vehicle is inverted or side ways. That would be the only reason it would work when it's jacked up and not work when it is down.

Posted on Jul 11, 2010

  • dhuey000 Jul 11, 2010

    so it wont even turn over if this is activated?

  • James Young Jul 11, 2010

    Yes the safety switch is designed to cut the fuel off by interrupting the fuel pump in the event of a roll over. Remove the pump and position it like it would be positioned if the vehicle where elevated in the front then see if the pump works. If it does you know this was the problem and can replace it.. It is possible the safety switch is not part of the pump unit but to my knowledge these switches were made part of the pump. To verify you would have to get the Haynes repair manual on the vehicle. Based on your observation that elevating the front end allows the vehicle to start and run I have to say the roll over safety switch is the problem.

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Sounds like fuel pickup is being blocked or there is low fuel possibly the gas gauge stopped working?

Posted on Jul 11, 2010

  • dhuey000 Jul 11, 2010

    no I dont think it is a fuel issue as the car wont even turn over. It is as if the starter is not getting the voltage to turn. I have checked the starter and it is good. The relay? is not switching to activate the solenoid.

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