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Have a 94 sable It won't start, unless I spray it with engine start fluid

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I wrote this for people who have problems starting a Taurus, Sable or Lincoln Continental built between 1988 and 1994.

I've been there, done that and have the T-Shirt for it.
It can basically be only one of several things.

If you are smelling any gasoline when you crank, then you don't have ignition but you have fuel. Kind of obvious, I know, but I have to try to cover all of the bases.

If you have ignition but no fuel, you won't smell any gas but you can check for spark by taking a spark plug wire off, leaning it on the engine metal and seeing if it sparks. If it sparks, You got ignition. In your case well done for trying the starter fluid. That confirms the no fuel scenario.

On a Taurus, one can insert the plug into the coil in such manner that one of the electrical contact prongs to the primary side (12 Volt) can be bent out of the way so that there is no primary voltage going to it. That will get you the cranks all year award.

I purchased a 1990 Lincoln Continental (built on an extended Taurus-Sable platform years ago from someone who could not get it started for a year. After working on it for a couple of days I went down with a good flashlight and discovered one of the primary contact was bent to one side. Straightened it out, plugged it in and the car started as though nothing was ever wrong.

It could be the timing chain has skipped or broken or the Distributor drive gear is out of sync.

Here is the last one. In a Ford there is an automatic fuel shut off in the trunk on the driver's side wall. It is tripped by the vibration of an accident and sometimes it likes to trip on it's own. It is behind the grey trunk covering. It has a reset button. PUSH IT.

I've heard stories of people on the verge of tears selling their beloved but very dead Taurus to some guy, who buys it for a song, opens the trunk, pushes the button and then drives it away while they look on in shock.
Hope this helps,
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Sounds like a cold start problem.
This means that your fuel injection system is fine.
Colt start is controlled by items like the Cold Start Idle air control valves and so on.

Top off you coolant and make sure it is full.
check all tubing for leaks of fluid
IS there a check engine light on?
Probably a device on engine that is either malfunctioning or needs to be reconnected, etc.

That cooland is important because it tells engine if it is cold or hot.

One other item may be different name but is called thermal sensor.

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