Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Boston Mass. area
Rep Power: 0
First, be sure you have a fully-charged battery with no internal shorts. We found out last spring that barely 12V + internal resistance was enough to disable starting. New battery solved that one.
Usual culprit is the transmission position switch. You might try starting in N rather than Park.
Check the primary fuses/relays in the box under the hood and the fuses in the cabin fuse box, of course.
Try direct-wiring the starter after taking extra care to be sure you're in park and the e-brake is on.
1986 MT-4 4-cylinder (R.I.P. circa 1990, rust, clutch)
1994 Station Wagon (R.I.P. circa 9/2005)
1991 Station Wagon (R.I.P. 1/2007, but the Benz that pulled out in front was bent much worse)
1998 SE Station Wagon (R.I.P. 2/28/09 at ~186k)
2004 Taurus SE w/Vulcan & AX4N | dark shadow gray metallic | gray cloth interior | still strong at 192K+
2000 Taurus SE wagon w/Vulcan & AX4S / tropic green metallic | gray cloth interior | purchased 6/12 at 51k miles