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So this '02 Taurus with only 87k miles on her starts right up every time multiple times a day except for twice in the last 3 weeks. The first time was 3 weeks ago and the second was today. It happened the same both times. Turn the key and stop to let the pump prime, then when I turn to the start position the engine turns real slow and sort of in fits. Usually when a battery is low the engine turns slow but in rhythm. During my 2 starts the engine barely seemed to turn and the crankshaft rpm seemed to vary. On both starting events I let off the key and tried to start 2-3 times with rests in between. But then eventually on the 4th try it starts right up just as quickly as a normal start.

I have No clue as to what might be causing this. Only thing I know to do is, next time it does this to put a voltage meter on the battery to see if it's weak. Actually though, because both events the engine ended up starting up like normal that would indicate something other than the batt. Electrically this car is a little odd though. The interior light never comes on when the doors are opened, for years, and then last week it comes on twice when one of the rear doors is opened.
 

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haha...Ford product...actually pretty cool car when it first came out.. my son had one..station wagon..he loved the motor power and it was perfect for carrying his drum set, etc...it was his college car...until a young lady pulled in front of him...finding one with low miles like that..nice! but yeah...you've got electrical issues..and brother..that can be a pain to chase down...also...does it have the right battery?...gotta have enough amps to crank.. I'd even consider upping to a higher cranking battery..can be just the position of the engine crankshaft/relative to cylinder compression when you turn it off from time to time.
 

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Yep , I knew what a Taurus was , just thought it weird seeing it on a Honda ATV site , not the best place to find an answer ,
I use to be a hard core Ford guy , only Fords I would own these days are a 79 Ford 4wd truck or a 1st Gen Bronco -----87K miles , erratic rotation , I would first guess battery , then would guess the Taurus has a timing belt , and if the timing belt wore then it could be timing causing the out of " rhythm " rotation ( as you put it )
 

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grin...yeah...figured..and you're point is well made...and I wonder why Ford, etc never got into off road products...seeing the success that Honda has had with ATVs, marine, etc...
 

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grin...yeah...figured..and you're point is well made...and I wonder why Ford, etc never got into off road products...seeing the success that Honda has had with ATVs, marine, etc...
guess ford cant see any profit, with a smaller engine product, except maybe tractors.
is/are New Holland, and Ford the same thing?
my 85 ranger, 2,300cc,4 speed.. i kinda doctored it up.. i got an engine from a mustang, 2,300cc, with a Holley 2 barrel.
this story is gonna get long, i dont feel like writing it. i did disconnect the brainbox, on the side of the fender. i figure if i can run that way, so can my truck..
the 85 could keep with a 92, 3.0, 5 speed, 6 cyl, ranger.., plus get better gas millage..
those older tractors , have good engines in them, made by ford.. probable better that the engines, made nowdays, put in trucks.. my sister bought a truck from the company store. Ford F150. the engine put in it, a life expectancy, of 110,00 miles. sold by ford for years on end. the only way to dystroy a truck further is let my brother an law drive it. he will take care of the body, an then some, to boot... :(
Bradley knows where the Taurus forum is.. but ya cant blame him for coming to this forum, to ask questions.. here, there are answers... a fountain of knowledge, least i speak...;)
 

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Thanks for the good info. Battery is correct for the vehicle and the voltage is good, as well as the contacts. I'll look at the timing as you suggest fish. Thanks yall.
 

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guess ford cant see any profit, with a smaller engine product, except maybe tractors.
is/are New Holland, and Ford the same thing?
my 85 ranger, 2,300cc,4 speed.. i kinda doctored it up.. i got an engine from a mustang, 2,300cc, with a Holley 2 barrel.
this story is gonna get long, i dont feel like writing it. i did disconnect the brainbox, on the side of the fender. i figure if i can run that way, so can my truck..
the 85 could keep with a 92, 3.0, 5 speed, 6 cyl, ranger.., plus get better gas millage..
those older tractors , have good engines in them, made by ford.. probable better that the engines, made nowdays, put in trucks.. my sister bought a truck from the company store. Ford F150. the engine put in it, a life expectancy, of 110,00 miles. sold by ford for years on end. the only way to dystroy a truck further is let my brother an law drive it. he will take care of the body, an then some, to boot... :(
Bradley knows where the Taurus forum is.. but ya cant blame him for coming to this forum, to ask questions.. here, there are answers... a fountain of knowledge, least i speak...;)
i dont mind correcting myself, i hope ya'll dont mind neither. i took the intake off the mustang with the holley two barrel, and put it on the ranger.. it didnt match up quit right, i got it to fit. while i write this, it makes me wonder if mustang, did come out with a 2,300cc engine.. if it did, why did it... it makes no sense. perhaps, i am thinking of another 4cyl, engine car, with a holley 2 barrel. 1 small barrel, the 2nd bigger. when ya hit the 2nd barrel, ya could near, watch the gas gauge go down.
the wallet sure felt it..
 

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I would start looking at bad grounds. I had a similar issue with my 2013 F150 that i rarely drive. It could sit for 2 months without me starting it and it would fire right up and then other times it would just click when trying to start it after driving it just 20mins prior. I cleaned and greased both terminals on the battery, cleaned and greased the power wire going to the alternator and then cleaned and greased the ground and power wire going to the starter. Since then ive never had a issue.

i dont mind correcting myself, i hope ya'll dont mind neither. i took the intake off the mustang with the holley two barrel, and put it on the ranger.. it didnt match up quit right, i got it to fit. while i write this, it makes me wonder if mustang, did come out with a 2,300cc engine.. if it did, why did it... it makes no sense. perhaps, i am thinking of another 4cyl, engine car, with a holley 2 barrel. 1 small barrel, the 2nd bigger. when ya hit the 2nd barrel, ya could near, watch the gas gauge go down.
the wallet sure felt it..
Ford did put a 2.3L in the Mustang, I've owned 2. A 89 and a 91, off the top of my head i cant remember the first year of the Fox Body but i believe a 2.3L was avalible from the first year all the way until the last year which was 93. The 2.3L was a complete dog but was/is super reliable. I beat the crap out of both and never had any issues what so ever with either.

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I would start looking at bad grounds. I had a similar issue with my 2013 F150 that i rarely drive. It could sit for 2 months without me starting it and it would fire right up and then other times it would just click when trying to start it after driving it just 20mins prior. I cleaned and greased both terminals on the battery, cleaned and greased the power wire going to the alternator and then cleaned and greased the ground and power wire going to the starter. Since then ive never had a issue.



Ford did put a 2.3L in the Mustang, I've owned 2. A 89 and a 91, off the top of my head i cant remember the first year of the Fox Body but i believe a 2.3L was avalible from the first year all the way until the last year which was 93. The 2.3L was a complete dog but was/is super reliable. I beat the crap out of both and never had any issues what so ever with either.

Wayne
Thanks, i thought i was right. seem i thought, at the time, it was the worst decision ford ever made on a mustang. a 2,300 in a mustang?? muscle car??
i liked my 2.3,. for a 4 cyl. engine, is is a good one.. i cant consider my engine a dog. it was an 85. but with the holley, 2 barrel, an the intake, of a newer mustang, that 4sp. could scream.. i had a bit of adaptation, going on anyway. eliminating the brain box. adjusting the timing by ear, instead of timing marks, plus adapting the intake, they didnt exactly match..
though this may seem strange, i had a 65 ford galaxy, that ran faster, with the distributor in 180 degrees different.. just put the distributor 180 out, change the plug wiring, to match.. it was a 352, with a carter 4barrel, best i remember. it would bury the speedometer, go past 120, and keep going..
it wasnt long the 351 came out. i still think the 352 was a better engine..
 

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Thanks, i thought i was right. seem i thought, at the time, it was the worst decision ford ever made on a mustang. a 2,300 in a mustang?? muscle car??
i liked my 2.3,. for a 4 cyl. engine, is is a good one.. i cant consider my engine a dog. it was an 85. but with the holley, 2 barrel, an the intake, of a newer mustang, that 4sp. could scream.. i had a bit of adaptation, going on anyway. eliminating the brain box. adjusting the timing by ear, instead of timing marks, plus adapting the intake, they didnt exactly match..
though this may seem strange, i had a 65 ford galaxy, that ran faster, with the distributor in 180 degrees different.. just put the distributor 180 out, change the plug wiring, to match.. it was a 352, with a carter 4barrel, best i remember. it would bury the speedometer, go past 120, and keep going..
it wasnt long the 351 came out. i still think the 352 was a better engine.. ed
 

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Hi,
While there are a variety of reasons your Ford Taurus won't start, the most common 3 are a dead battery, an alternator problem, or a failed starter.
 
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