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2001 ford taurus wagon when key is turned starter solenoid clicks but starter does not turn switched battery to known good one and same result when key is held in start position current is intermitten to solenoid produces an inconsistant current flow to solenoid starter does not turn

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  • smbrum Aug 05, 2010

    tapping on the starter did nothing the solenoid did not even click with key held in on position acts like weak current is getting to starter solenoid is there a starter relay on this car? there has been intermitten dash light (mostly off) for the last couple of years could this be related with starting problem with faulty ign switch?

  • smbrum Aug 06, 2010

    had the starter bench tested at an auto parts store and they said the starter is fine. replaced starter relay with new part and that has done no good. while working inside car today, able to lower power windows but can't get them back up with switch power on - could the switch be faulty? yesterday when the car was running it jerked around like a major power interuption now can't get the starter motor to run at all. have switched battery in car with another known good battery - connections are clean and tight grounds also appear to be clean and tight. Suggestion?

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Hi,

feed the small terminal on the stater directly from the battery if the problem is still there then you have a starter motor problem.

If it works properly then you need to replace the ignition or the starter relay.

Let me know if you need more information.

Thanks

Jason

Posted on Aug 06, 2010

  • Jason Maurirere
    Jason Maurirere Aug 06, 2010

    Ok
    It sounds like you have a problem with the main fuse which supplies the power to these systems.

    Check this fuse which you will find in the fuse/relay box by the battery.

    Also check your battery connections and the earth cables.
    It sounding like your main power supply wiring or fuse's are loose or have corrosion built up causing the intermittent faults your getting.


  • Jason Maurirere
    Jason Maurirere Aug 16, 2010

    Hi,

    Did you get this problem solved?


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OK, the first thing I would do is to check that the connections are wire brushed as thoroughly as possible and the connections are tightened to ensure a good current flow.

Then, I would get an ammeter (inductive) and put the probe around the negative or positive wire to the battery and measure the amps when trying to start.

If you read 75 to 100 amps and the starter doesn't turn, you know it's a bad starter.

If you read close to 0-2 amps and the starter doesn't turn, then you also have a bad starter possible solenoid on it.

At any rate, you should be able to determine by the amp draw whether the starter is going to have to be replaced.

Good luck on this repair.

Posted on Aug 05, 2010

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    Duane Wong Aug 06, 2010

    How is the wire to the starter? Is it ok? What are the ohms on it? Near 0 ohms from the battery to the starter when disconnected?



    How about the negative ground wire to the frame? Is that also measuring close to 0 ohms from end to end?

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Try tapping on the starter while someone turns the key to start,if the starter trys or does turn the engine over,then the starter is bad,they are bad to do this when they go out,tap the starter lightly with a hammer.

Posted on Aug 04, 2010

  • smbrum Aug 05, 2010

    we tapped on starter with no response solenoid did not even click when key was turned is there a starter relay on this car? also this car has had intermitten dash lights (mostly off) for a couple of years - could this be related thru ignition switch?

  • Ronny Bennett Sr.
    Ronny Bennett Sr. Aug 05, 2010

    Just because the tapping on the starter did not help,does not mean the starter is good,check with a volt meter,or a test light and check the small wire on the starter,when trying to start the engine this small wire should have 12 volts on it,if it does not,then the ignition switch could be at fault,be sure to check battery connections,and ground,but the starters go out like this on this car.If there is 12 volts going to the starter on the small wire(on the solenoid on the starter)then the starter is the problem.

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