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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-15-2004, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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i have a '98 Taurus w/the 24V V6. lately, it's been difficult to get her started...i crank and crank on it, but it just won't fire up!

i see ford has tsb 98-21-12 on what sounds like this. does anyone have an answer to it?

after i get it running...it runs just like the first day i had it. doesn't stall or idle roughly....and no service engine light either.

any help would be appreciated.

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My 2000 w/ the vulcan has been hard starting ever since it's gotten cold outside.

To avoid cranking the starter forever, I lightly press the gas pedal which usually fires the engine right up.
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Sounds like a weak battery to me. How long since the battery has been replaced, if at all? How cold is it where you are? The colder is it, the harder it will be for your battery to crank that starter. So a weak battery in freezing temperatures will have a helluva time cranking that starter.

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thanks for the replies...

well, can't be the cold...i'm in southern california, and the battery is just a couple years old. it cranks and cranks...but it just won't fire up for 4 or 5 10-15 second tries.

someone also mentioned the multi-pack relay...???

but like i said....it runs fine after it's started.
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Usually if it cranks but doesn't fire, it is a fuel problem. A spark problem such as a bad coil pack should be obvious when running; i.e. Misfiring.

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I think this is a Duratec thing. Alot of guys here complain of the same problem. I don't know if there is a fix for it.

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thanks again...

i see Ford has a TSB 98-21-12 on hard starting / long cranking.
i'm hoping someone here knows the fix for it.
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Originally posted by PC_Marine@Jan 15 2004, 04:20 PM
My 2000 w/ the vulcan has been hard starting ever since it's gotten cold outside.

To avoid cranking the starter forever, I lightly press the gas pedal which usually fires the engine right up.
I'm thinking this is a fuel related problem, but like someone else said it could be a battery related problem. Since I live in WI, it's like <20 degrees F outside, and my battery hasn't been replaced ever (I have 70K miles).
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Take it into Kragen or Autozone and have the charging system checked. Rule out the charging system first. If it checks out find, it may be your fuel system. Could be a fuel pump problem.

There can be a number of reasons why you are having starting problems. I woud discribe everything, but I don't have time to break it all down. But, start with the charging system (battery & alternator).


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Originally posted by fix_it_joe@Jan 15 2004, 01:33 PM
well, can't be the cold...i'm in southern california, and the battery is just a couple years old. it cranks and cranks...but it just won't fire up for 4 or 5 10-15 second tries.
Im in socal and my mom's battery just crapped out on her windstar. Dont rule anything out. Autozone does free battery testing while the battery is in the car, as well as complimentary replacement.
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