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1st battery died 2nd starter died 3rd still won't start mechanic says may be the key . I tried the spare key still won't start, mechanic says may be the ignition system ????

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    Marvin May 11, 2010

    The Taurus has a problem with the electrical switch that the ignition key actuates, it comes apart and there is no connection made to the starter when you try to start engine, is this your issue? no crank? What year is the car, it does not happen on the late 90's cars, the earlier ones were recalled.

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Check all relays and fuses...Good Luck!!!!

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