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joe7cri Original Post: Oct 11 '06,  3:22 pm           Reply
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My '99 Taurus won't start after driving

I own a '99 Taurus Wagon and over the last 8-9 months I've been experiencing a problem which my mechanic hasn't been able to fix.

If I drive my car for about 45 minutes or more, shut it off for for 4-5 minutes, then try to restart it the car doesn't start. This doesn't happen all the time, but when it does happen it seems to be after driving for a while, then shutting off, then trying to restart. The car will start up after about 10 minutes of rest.

This has been a huge problem since this has occurred twice at the pump. Unfortunately neither gas stations had a garage to look at the car. I've brought it to my mechanic and he replaced a few things, but nothing has helped. I can't reproduce the problem for my mechanic so I don't know what else to do. Any Suggestions?

     
pvreditor Posted: Oct 12 '06,  8:04 am           Reply
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Electrical problem?

Quote: joe7cri
I own a '99 Taurus Wagon and over the last 8-9 months I've been experiencing a problem which my mechanic hasn't been able to fix.

If I drive my car for about 45 minutes or more, shut it off for for 4-5 minutes, then try to restart it the car doesn't start. This doesn't happen all the time, but when it does happen it seems to be after driving for a while, then shutting off, then trying to restart. The car will start up after about 10 minutes of rest.

This has been a huge problem since this has occurred twice at the pump. Unfortunately neither gas stations had a garage to look at the car. I've brought it to my mechanic and he replaced a few things, but nothing has helped. I can't reproduce the problem for my mechanic so I don't know what else to do. Any Suggestions?


Forgive me for stating the obvious, but it sounds like an electrical problem. However, you haven't given us enough information -- When you try to start it and it doesn't start, does the engine turn over? Or does the car just sit there dead? Two different approaches are needed for these two different conditions. Let us know which it is and we'll help the best we can.

--Bob
     
joe7cri Posted: Oct 12 '06,  10:19 am           Reply
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yes it turns over.

Yes, it turns over then stalls out. It's almost like it isn't getting enough gas.

     
pvreditor Posted: Oct 12 '06,  12:11 pm           Reply
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RE: yes it turns over.

I have a car that used to stall randomly and would not restart for a couple of minutes, sometimes when I was driving down the road. It turned out to be the relay that sends power to the fuel pump and apparently a couple of other things. The relay contacts burn out over time and became intermittent. I replaced it with a new and improved relay about six years ago and all is still well, at a cost of $25. Turns out that this is a well-known problem with this car, one that has become more obvious over time.

With a car that turns over but won't start, the usual suspects are:

1. No spark. Bad/intermittent computer, coil or ignition module.

2. No fuel. Bad/intermittent fuel pump, fuel distributor or fuel control system.

A 1999 car is old enough to have bad grounds. Something you can do that will cost little or nothing is to locate all the grounds on your car, remove the wires, go over the connections with a wire brush and re-attach. Grounds are points where wires are connected to the body or chassis of the car, and poor grounds cause a wide range of electrical problems that are hard to diagnose. There are probably several grounding points under the hood, a couple under the dash and one or two in the trunk. There are possibly a couple under the car and it would be great if you could check.

Otherwise, you or someone need to test to see if the car is not starting because of 1 or 2 above. That will tell you how to proceed further. I should tell you that intermittent problems are by far the most difficult to troubleshoot, as they invariably disappear when the car is brought to the mechanic. This is one reason why it is important to make sure you have clean, functioning ground points. That will rule out the mysterious intermittent problems caused by bad grounds.

Good luck!

--Bob

     
joe7cri Posted: Oct 12 '06,  1:36 pm           Reply
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Thank you

Thanks for the advise, I will try and clean the contacts I can find. Luckily the car doesn't actually stall while driving, only when we try to restart it after a quick stop.

     
timabq Posted: Oct 26 '06,  5:48 pm           Reply
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RE: Thank you

Please let me know if this advice worked. I am having the exact same problem with my 98 Dodge Avenger. Sometimes it starts right up, other times it takes several tries and usually a five minute rest until it starts again. It always starts eventually, though. The problem is very inconsistent; sometimes it goes for days with no trouble and then suddenly everywhere I go I have to take 5-10 minutes to start my car. I have taken it to two mechanics, and neither could duplicate the problem. I am starting to go crazy!

     
jreed36 Posted: Oct 27 '06,  3:21 pm           Reply
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95 Ford Mustang

I am having this exact same problem right now.. I have taken to 3 mechanics and it is currently at a Ford dealership. I drive the car to work 5 miles from my house, I let is sit 4-5 hours it wont start. Right now at the garage they can not replicate this issue. The car turns over but nothing else. I have replaced the Fuel Pump, Distributar cap and Rotar, Ignition Module, amongst other things? The Ford dealership says that my Ignition Coil wires are heavily corroded? Please let me know if anyone has any additional ideas. Thank you

     
damseldistress Posted: Jul 24 '08,  3:13 pm           Reply
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RE: My '88 Accord won't start after driving

Quote: joe7cri
If I drive my car for about 45 minutes or more, shut it off for for 4-5 minutes, then try to restart it the car doesn't start. This doesn't happen all the time, but when it does happen it seems to be after driving for a while, then shutting off, then trying to restart. The car will start up after about 10 minutes of rest.


I drive a 1988 Honda Accord and have experienced this exact same problem twice now. Only I don't have to drive it for a long distance.. even if I just drive it 5-10 mins, shut if off while I run into the ATM and then try to restart it, the car won't start. If I wait a few minutes, it will start. The ignition is working because I hear it trying to start but the engine won't start. I haven't had a tune-up in a long time and wondered if that might be the problem? Someone mentioned something about dirty contacts/grounds? Would a tune-up solve this problem? I'm not car-savvy and I don't want to be ripped off by a mechanic.

Thanks guys!
     
scmrak Posted: Jul 25 '08,  5:32 am           Reply
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RE: My '88 Accord won't start after driving

Quote: damseldistress
I haven't had a tune-up in a long time and wondered if that might be the problem?
That would be an excellent place to start. A competent, trustworthy mechanic will be able to not only perform the routine maintenance that keeps a vehicle running well (and economically) but also diagnose more serious problems. Doing the recommended maintenance every few thousand miles may cost a couple hundred bucks at a crack, but not doing it will cost a lot more one day down the road.

Failure to restart when warm could be the dirty distributor points you allude to, but could also be that a dirty fuel filter and/or air filter is keeping the engine from getting the proper mixture of gasoline and air to support combustion. There are several other potential causes as well.

Whatever the case, I'd start with a visit to my local mechanic.

HTH

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vroom00 Posted: Sep 01 '08,  2:24 am           Reply
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I think that having a tune-up can really help you and your car but it's best to check for the connections in the engine. Maybe the problem is there

     
nick830668 Posted: Jan 17 '10,  10:23 am           Reply
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Kinda the same but not

My 92 Taurus is intermittently stalling, i know its electrical because when it stalls, theres still power to lights and all, it turns over, but dont start....

If I leave the key on, after a while Ill hear the fuel pump reset and then itll stall....sometimes it does it going down the road.

Ill look at the relay, but this is driving me batty, leaving my stranded with 3 kids in the car

     
walkerpkw Posted: Jan 17 '10,  11:44 am           Reply
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RE: Kinda the same but not

Quote: nick830668
My 92 Taurus is intermittently stalling, i know its electrical because when it stalls, theres still power to lights and all, it turns over, but dont start....

If I leave the key on, after a while Ill hear the fuel pump reset and then itll stall....sometimes it does it going down the road.

Ill look at the relay, but this is driving me batty, leaving my stranded with 3 kids in the car


Not that you've neglected your car but colder weather tends to bring out the worst in an improperly maintained vehicle. If fuel related (adequate pressure & flow), your problem can be easily diagnosed using proper inexpensive test equipment. An engine that suddenly stalls (after warm up) could be traced to an electrical problem such as distributor cap & rotor, spark plugs & wires.


Knowing that your car is 18 years old tells me nothing. Not knowing the maintenance history of your car it's anyone's guess what could be wrong.


Find yourself a good neighborhood mechanic or reputable repair shop. Winter is the worst time to get stranded, espesially with kids!


Good luck.

Pat

     
pvreditor Posted: Jan 26 '10,  4:51 pm           Reply
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RE: Kinda the same but not

Quote: nick830668
My 92 Taurus is intermittently stalling, i know its electrical because when it stalls, theres still power to lights and all, it turns over, but dont start....

If I leave the key on, after a while Ill hear the fuel pump reset and then itll stall....sometimes it does it going down the road.

Ill look at the relay, but this is driving me batty, leaving my stranded with 3 kids in the car

Pat's advice is good. Just keep in mind that you have an 18-year-old car and it's hard for any car to stay totally reliable over 18 years. Good luck!

--Bob
     
vintageguy Posted: Oct 20 '10,  12:24 am           Reply
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RE: 95 Ford Mustang

Quote: jreed36
I am having this exact same problem right now.. I have taken to 3 mechanics and it is currently at a Ford dealership. I drive the car to work 5 miles from my house, I let is sit 4-5 hours it wont start. Right now at the garage they can not replicate this issue. The car turns over but nothing else. I have replaced the Fuel Pump, Distributar cap and Rotar, Ignition Module, amongst other things? The Ford dealership says that my Ignition Coil wires are heavily corroded? Please let me know if anyone has any additional ideas. Thank you


Hi mate, any information about upgrades for our ignition coils? Though it seems impossible.. But anyone knows? Make, part number, price, anything?
     
dan_grey Posted: Oct 25 '10,  3:28 am (Updated: Oct 25 '10,  5:45 pm)           Reply
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RE: 95 Ford Mustang

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Hi mate, any information about upgrades for our ignition coils? Though it seems impossible.. But anyone knows? Make, part number, price, anything?


You said it already.. that's pretty impossible.. hmm.. Or are you looking for Direct Ignition Coil?? Just be wise mate..
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