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Problems starting up

I have a 2005 Taurus SEL that I've owned for about 2 years now. Bought it w/ 22K miles on it and it now has 56K. Haven't had any major repair issues yet and this is the 3rd Taurus I've owned so I'm pretty familiar with what goes wrong. A couple weeks ago I got in my car in the morning, and it didn't want to start. The engine would crank and crank but not turn over. After about 5 attempts it turned over and then the whole computer system had reset. My average MPG was back to zero and the setting where it tells the outside temp was gone (which I can't figure out how to turn back on, it just tells me what direction I'm driving in now). When it finally started all the gauge needles (for fuel level, speed, engine temp, etc) vibrated at the bottom for about 10 seconds before they finally flipped up to where they normally sit at idle. Car ran fine after it was started and didn't have any other problems until about a week later when it did the same exact thing. I did notice that both times I was parked at a significant downward angle. Another few days went by and it did the same exact thing this morning - won't crank over, when it finally does after 2 or 3 tries, the computer system has reset itself. I've read that taurus's tend to have issues with the fuel pump, but the whole computer thing has me thrown off whether or not that might be the issue.

Any suggestions??

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  • Anonymous Jul 10, 2008

    I have a 2005 Taures this started about 6 months ago when you turn the key to start the car the engin will turn over but not start. I have learn that if I turn the key back off for a few secons then turn it on and wait until all the dash lights come on and then crank it most of the time it will start. what do you think could be the proplen?

  • kvparis06 Sep 05, 2008

    I have the exact same problem, except nothing resets for me. A few weeks ago I needed to go somewhere and turned the ignition, but the engine would not crank. i tried several times and finally the car started. I thought that it might be because I was a little low on gas and because I was parked at a slightly downward angle. However, it has occured twice since then. I too have found that if I turn the key and wait for all the lights, it will start right up. My husband seems to think that it may be the fuel pump. Any thoughts?

  • Anonymous Nov 15, 2008

    I had a very similar problem with my 2005 Taurus. I had problems getting started, and had the mpg calculator and trip timer reset. Now, these two reset whenever I start the car, but the other readings do not reset automatically.



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Could be water seeping in to the computer harness at the firewall (you did it was only when it was parked at an angle? )

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