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2002 Ford Taurus, 3.0 (?), 158,000 mi, won't start wont crank


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KayySnow
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Feb 1, 2013, 10:23 AM

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2002 Ford Taurus, 3.0 (?), 158,000 mi, won't start wont crank Sign In

I recently purchased a 2002 Taurus from a used dealership, I've had it for a little over a month, and I only paid 1700.00$ for the car (my first car) so I expected it to have minor issues. About 2 weeks ago I started having an issue with starting the car, it would turn all the way over but no crank sputter, etc. when turned back to aux, and trying to crank again the car would start with no problem. I live in MI, and it gets really cold here, one morning my car wouldn't start and upon attempting to jump and start the car a few friends of mines to me that the wire harness connected to my battery is loose, however the car started up fine and it always has. 2 days ago I got my first flat tire and upon getting it fixed by a friend, the car did something I've never heard of happening until recent research. Here is a detailed deprecation of what happened according to a close friend of mines Who is in his 1st year of school for automotive technology, he also drove the car and literally witnessed what happened:

The car started up fine, we pulled it out the driveway and all with no problem. Changed the tire, started up, went to the gas station. Came back...Pulled in the driveway, parked, and pulled the key out, it kept firing, Started her back up, pulled onto the street, and tried again, still kept firing, So I popped the hood, and pulled the key, looked in the hood and smoke was emitting from the distributer...meaning the spark plugs were still active and fired The positive wire harness thats attached to the battery shorted which caused a spark right from the connection, the car went dark and it wouldn't start My take on it....that bad wire harness caused a short, it was getting power when it wasnt supposed to. In my opinion it is a Combo of that harness and ignition switch.

He told me that the car was running without the key in it, and no, nothing comes on at all, except the theft light. I appreciate and advice or help as I really can't afford another car right now, I'm a single mom, a nursing student, and my car is imperative to my life. Thanks to all.


Discretesignals
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Feb 1, 2013, 12:39 PM

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Re: 2002 Ford Taurus, 3.0 (?), 158,000 mi, won't start wont crank Sign In

Look at the 8th digit of the VIN. Is it an S or U?



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Pulled in the driveway, parked, and pulled the key out, it kept firing,

The engine kept running while the ignition was turned off? Does this have a remote start system or alarm system installed?




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The positive wire harness thats attached to the battery shorted which caused a spark right from the connection, the car went dark and it wouldn't start

What did the battery cable short out on? If the battery terminal is bad, it needs to be replaced.




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ooked in the hood and smoke was emitting from the distributer...meaning the spark plugs were still active and fired

This vehicle doesn't use a distributor. Where was the smoke coming from?





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KayySnow
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Feb 1, 2013, 2:26 PM

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Re: 2002 Ford Taurus, 3.0 (?), 158,000 mi, won't start wont crank Sign In

 The 8th letter is a U. No it doesn't have an alarm system, I just have my one key. He says it was smoking from the black plug connected to the battery. And it shorted out on the positive battery cable...

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KayySnow
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Feb 1, 2013, 2:36 PM

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Re: 2002 Ford Taurus, 3.0 (?), 158,000 mi, won't start wont crank Sign In

Would you like for me to submit a photo? What everyone that looks up under the hood is telling me is that someone the previous owner knew did a crappy job with the wiring to the battery. Thank you for being so helpful.


nickwarner
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Feb 1, 2013, 4:17 PM

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Re: 2002 Ford Taurus, 3.0 (?), 158,000 mi, won't start wont crank Sign In

A picture is worth a thousand words and would greatly assist getting to the bottom of the issue.






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