Question about 1998 Ford Taurus
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?
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.
Posted on Aug 24, 2008
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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Turn the drain valve at the bottom of the radiator counterclockwise to drain the coolant from your Ford Taurus into a suitable container. Depending on the size of the container, it may be necessary to lift the front end of your Taurus with a jack and lower it onto jack stands, or use wheel ramps.
Follow the upper radiator hose to the point where it meets the thermostat housing at the front of the intake manifold. Loosen the hose clamp and pull the radiator hose off the water connection on the thermostat housing.
Take out the two bolts on the thermostat housing cover with a 13mm socket or wrench and remove the cover. Clean any old gasket residue from the inside of the thermostat housing cover. Pull out the old thermostat.
Insert the new thermostat into the thermostat housing with the spring-side facing into the engine. Install the new thermostat gasket. Use a spray adhesive to hold the gasket in place, if desired.
Reinstall the thermostat housing cover. Tighten the bolts to 89-124 in. lbs. Reattach the upper radiator hose to the thermostat housing. Make sure the drain valve on the radiator is closed.
Fill the radiator with new or reserve coolant. Start your Ford Taurus and allow it to warm up to its normal operating temperature. Check hoses and connections for leaks and tighten hose clamps to stop any leaks, if necessary. Add more coolant as needed.
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