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Buzzing Black Box

After just having the radiator, hoses and thermostat replaced in my daugther's '93 Taurus two days ago (it had a radiator leak and overheated), it stopped running. It's not overheating, the battery is about 11/2 yrs old, it cranks but won't catch and there's a strange buzzing sound coming from this black box with wires coming from it, that sits above where the radiator is, when you turn the key to accessory position or after it trys to crank. Any ideas what this could be so I have some idea before I have it towed once again to a mechanic?

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  • lisae7188 Aug 28, 2008

    Thanks all...turned out it was a wiring problem. The CCR or CRR or some such wires were broken; it probably occurred when the radiator was replaced.



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It is probably the Solenoid, it sends juice to the starter, and should have a thick wire coming from the battery and another going to the starter, and maybe one or two small ones. It most likely has nothing to do with the coolant system work though, unless they accidently loosened a wire during the work. I would disconnect the battery and clean the battery terminals and the clamps very well. Then, with battery still disconnected, remove the Solenoid and clean the area where it makes contact to the vehicle. I would then clean and make sure all connections are tight on the Solenoid and Battery, then try to start the vehicle. If it will not start, replace the solenoid ($20-$40). Make sure all wires go back the their respective locations (fairly simple procedure). If this does not solve your issues, you might be looking at a bad connection somewhere or possibly a starter problem.
I hope this helps and good luck.
P.S. you should check all the wires and their connections before replacing the Solenoid, it may just be a loose connection or built up corrosion.

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I just saw this on live chat?
what was their suggestions?
is the battery fully charged?
let me know if you still need help ill digg out the book.

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