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Remote starter quit now auto wont start with key 1996 ford tautus

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  • steve13021 Dec 14, 2008

    Remote starter won't start the car. When you hit the button to start the car, the accessories all turn on as if you have turned the key to the on position, but the car does not turn over or start.

  • JohnJV Jan 11, 2009

    I had the same problem when ford installed an AutoStart with the purchase of my bran new 2008 Fusion.

    At first, they said it was a conflict betwen the remote starter and the security system on the car. They fiddled with it for months and then fixed that issue, but then, when ever the car would be started with the remote starter, every time I would open a door, any and all door access prior to putting the key in the ignition, the horn would start to go off. If you opened a door, close the door and then open it again, the horn would have gone off with every time you opened the door. This game could go on for hours. My neighbours were not very happy with me at 7am departures. They then again worked on this problem all summer long and then just around Christmas of 2008 they decided to remove the AutoStart starter (which is a much better product) and install a genuin Ford starter. This solved the problem with the horn and the failed starts, but being that I live in the north, where it is not unusual for the morning temperatures to go as low as -25C to -40C, you really want a warm car in the morning. Now when I start the car between 0C and -10C, all is good. Any colder and the car starts but fails to turn on the heater, even though I leave the temp control set to heat up to +25C. Ford has no idea what they are to do next, though they claim to be talking to high end engineers at Ford Canada now. Oh, btw, my Service manager told me I was full of BSH#$T when I told him that the remote still fails to function correctly. Up until one year of efforts to resolve the issues at hand, my local dealership's solution to the problem was to simply offers to remove the starter, since they thought all was working. I guess, FINALLY, they are slowly but surely finding out that they have more issues than they were aware of.

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I had the same problem when ford installed an AutoStart with the purchase of my bran new 2008 Fusion.
At first, they said it was a conflict betwen the remote starter and the security system on the car. They fiddled with it for months and then fixed that issue, but then, when ever the car would be started with the remote starter, every time I would open a door, any and all door access prior to putting the key in the ignition, the horn would start to go off. If you opened a door, close the door and then open it again, the horn would have gone off with every time you opened the door. This game could go on for hours. My neighbours were not very happy with me at 7am departures. They then again worked on this problem all summer long and then just around Christmas of 2008 they decided to remove the AutoStart starter (which is a much better product) and install a genuin Ford starter. This solved the problem with the horn and the failed starts, but being that I live in the north, where it is not unusual for the morning temperatures to go as low as -25C to -40C, you really want a warm car in the morning. Now when I start the car between 0C and -10C, all is good. Any colder and the car starts but fails to turn on the heater, even though I leave the temp control set to heat up to +25C. Ford has no idea what they are to do next, though they claim to be talking to high end engineers at Ford Canada now. Oh, btw, my Service manager told me I was full of BSH#$T when I told him that the remote still fails to function correctly. Up until one year of efforts to resolve the issues at hand, my local dealership's solution to the problem was to simply offers to remove the starter, since they thought all was working. I guess, FINALLY, they are slowly but surely finding out that they have more issues than they were aware of.
I now have found out that Fusions are well known for starter problems. It is not a problem of the starter but rather a problem of the car itself. Not a car or company I would ever recommend.
Get rid of the car and get one that is actually usable and functional.

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I am sorry to hear the dissatisfaction of JohnJV. Being a Ford technician I am sincere with saying the technicians at ford truly care about our customers and their vehicles. I do not benefit us to make our customers unhappy and we try our hardest to solve their concerns. The fusion concern is quite perplexing and I am sure they did everything in their power to resolve the concern. I believe the Taurus might be a bit easier to resolve. First get a flash light and follow the wires to the ignition. There will be several connections at the switch or in the wiring to the switch. You should be looking for a wire from the switch that has been cut in half with each half running back to the remote starter. I would assume to see a break in the key side of the wire, most likely at the connection point. If a plastic connector was used try wiggling the connector while holding the key. If this connection is good grab a test light and when holding the key in the start position place the test light on a good ground such as a bolt and place the tip on the R/LB wire. This is the start wire. If this does not light the test light I would suspect the ignition switch is bad. Good Luck

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