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Old 11-29-2012, 12:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My 2001 Taurus was not being used so 3 weeks ago I pulled the battery to use in another car. Today I bought a new battery, put it in. .. Taurus will not start. I get lights they don't dim when I turn the key so I assume the battery is good. I get the clicking starter, I DON"T get the cranking noise .. only the clicking. It is not the fuel cut-off switch, checked that. The starter and alternator are only about a year old... and yes there is gas in the car. Again the car had not been run for 3 weeks or more here in the cold Northeast. I'm totally baffled.
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like battery, have it tested whereever you got it, im sure they will give you a new one.

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Sounds like you have a cable or terminal loose. Make sure the positive starter cable is attached securely at both ends. It might also be the starter. Try giving it a few taps with a wrench or small hammer (don't go crazy and dent it or anything).
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My 2001 Taurus was not being used so 3 weeks ago I pulled the battery to use in another car. Today I bought a new battery, put it in. .. Taurus will not start. I get lights they don't dim when I turn the key so I assume the battery is good. I get the clicking starter, I DON"T get the cranking noise .. only the clicking. It is not the fuel cut-off switch, checked that. The starter and alternator are only about a year old... and yes there is gas in the car. Again the car had not been run for 3 weeks or more here in the cold Northeast. I'm totally baffled.
Will it start if you jump start it?
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1. Double check the connections and make sure they are tight and clean.
2. Check bat voltage if you have a volt meter. Should be 12.4 or higher but slightly lower should start the car. If the battery was sitting around in store for a while it may need a charge or like someone else mentioned it may be defective.
3. Starter (or relay) may be bad. If it easily jump starts the starter will be ruled out and possibly the connections.

I would bet 1 or 2 because that is what changed.
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If the inside lights don't dim when you turn the key to the starter position, and you hear a 'click', then most likely is the starter. The main cable for the starter is a thick one that connects to the battery positive pole - is that connection is good and solid, then the starter needs to be replaced.
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