Thanks in advance for reading this through! - my fiance's Taurus died on her the other day and I could really use some help (just what we need in the run up to the wedding). I am completely at a loss for words here. I'll give you a rundown of what I'm dealing with:
Car has had a wicked squeak for as long as we have had it (related? not sure) and it sat for about a week before this. It started pretty rough/idled high for a minute and she only made it about 5 minutes down the road before it apparently struggled to accelerate up a small hill, then she said her steering got really hard, it started running more rough and she was just able to pull off the road and barely into a parking spot before it died. She then tried to restart and it did for a minute but then shut back off. The radio/electrics still worked though.
I got there and we restarted the car, it hesitated and ran rough but the moment she turned the steering wheel the entire car started bucking hard and the motor shut off. We started it a couple more times while looking at the motor trying to diagnose and then suddenly it wouldn't start anymore.
Came back later with my dad and again it wouldn't start.
My first thought was a broken belt but it's fine. Then I wondered if it could be a seized power steering pump but it spun fine enough when trying to turn the car over. It's been sitting there for a couple days now and I don't know what to do. I tried to use my little WiFi OBD
scanner to read any possible codes but it wouldn't connect to the car...
Thoughts? Thanks again everyone.