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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Taurus not cranking/starting when it's cold

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I have a weird problem with my Taurus. When it's cold (around 30F) outside, it wont start, not even crank, just like the battery is dead. But if I try couple times, it will crank and start all normal. Whenever it starts crank, it will start without problem. I suspect a battery problem, but I just have it changed about 10 month ago. can anyone throw in some ideas here. Thanks
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Yes, it does sound to me like a battery issue. Visit your local autoparts store (preferably where you had it changed if it is warrantied) and get it tested. The cold is terrible on batteries.

Other things to check for. Also check your connections.. check for loose or corroded terminals.

Another thing to pay attention to is your fuel pump. Next time it is 30 degrees or less, just turn the key for a few (10-15) seconds as far as you can before starting it as to just prime the fuel pump. You'll hear it if you have no music going. This gets the fuel moving, which may be the issue if not the battery.

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I agree it sounds like a battery. Try jumping it when this happens to see.

When a battery is cold and dead, attempting start the car still send current through the battery. After a few tries, this current flowing will start to warm up the plates insides the battery. Once the battery warms up a little, it has more CCA and can start the car.

If you have a multimeter I would do some battery checks (measure resting voltage, charging voltage, etc). It's also possible you have a parasitic draw that's draining the battery at night.
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