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My taurus started fine went in the store came out and it would not start. when you turn the key nothing happens no clicking or anything. The windows lights and radio all work but the car wont start.

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Check the starting circuit of the ignition switch and the neutral safety switch.

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Greenpixie85, I can think of three possible problems here. It could be the starter itself. To test this you need to check the wire going to the starter solenoid, if there is power there when the key is turned to the start position then you have a bad starter. There are two main wires going to the starter, one is rather large and usually red in color and the other is a much smaller wire. The smaller one is the one to be tested. If you have a fender mounted solenoid, this can be jumped to start your car. Coming off your battery, you will find a large red wire, this is the power wire. This wire will go to a small unit called the starter solenoid. It is usually very close to the battery, within a foot. It is a round unit which the battery will be connected to. It is about two inches in diameter and will have another large wire coming out of the other side, with a smaller wire attached to the top or face of the unit. With the key in the run position you have to connect (jump) the two large wires. If your car starts then have this unit replaced. The third is possibility what is called the nuetral safety switch. This one is easy, put your car in nuetral and try to start the car. If it starts then this is your problem and is what needs to be replaced. Oh yeah, have the starter relay checked. Good luck with this.

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