did you do a load test on the alternator?
do you have a voltmeter?
I have a voltmeter and no I could not do a test on the alternator, since I cannot get it to start.
how many volts is on the battery now?
can you start it now?
does the starter click?
use your voltmeter,tell me how many volts is on the battery
when you try to start it...does the starter click?
does the dash lights dim,when you try to start it?
will it start in neutral?
No same thing: Dash lights no starter action
does the starter click,or make any kind of noise?
use your voltmeter on the battery,,,have your help to turn the starter...let me know if the voltage drops
we need to check to see if you have voltage at the switch wire of the starter....if you do,the new starter is bad,,if not,then,you may need the neutral safety switch on top of the transmission.....this should help.......after you get it started,you need to load test the charging system,,,,use your voltmeter..
Ford Taurus/Sable 1996-1999
Voltage Dropmotor feed circuit
See Figures 1 and 2
The battery must be in good condition and fully charged prior to performing these tests.
Many automotive parts stores have starter bench testers available for use by customers. A starter bench test is the most definitive way to determine the condition of your starter.
: Fig. 1: Wiring schematic of the remote starter and DVOM connections required when performing a voltage drop test of the motor feed circuit
Fig. Fig. 2: The location of the starter motor terminals on the solenoid
Motor Ground Circuit
See Figure 3
If the voltage reading is too high, clean the terminal ends and retest. If the reading is still too high, replace the cable.
: Fig. 3: Wiring schematic of the remote starter and DVOM connections required when performing a voltage drop test of the motor ground circuit
FIG : Fig. 4: Starter motor mounting and related components-3.0L OHV engines
CAUTION Ensure that the transmission is in Park and the emergency brake is set. Blocking a wheel is optional and an added safety measure.
Usually under and overcharging is caused by a defective alternator, or its related parts (regulator), and replacement will fix the problem; however, faulty wiring and other problems can cause the charging system to malfunction. Further testing, which is not covered by this guide, will reveal the exact component failure. Many automotive parts stores have alternator bench testers available for use by customers. An alternator bench test is the most definitive way to determine the condition of your alternator.
I was going through the tests, everthing was checking out. So once I connected the battery again after having it disconnected for a time. It started. I drove it for about 15 minutes and everything was great. Once I stopped the car, it would not start again. It seems like if I disconnect the battery for a time and then reconnect it, there is no problem.
Any other ideas?
sorry,i have been offline
when you had it running did you check the alternator?will it still not start or click?
I found the problem which I will tell you, but have have a follow-up question. Have you ever heard of a starter having a short that will drain and ultimately kill the battery?
yes....not very common,but is possible
The issue was my alarm. When you disconnect and then reconnect the battery, you must either have the key in the ignition in the on position and then push the button on the dash to put the car in valet mode, or have the key fob ready to disable the alarm.
I just couldn't understand why every time I disconnect the battery and then reconnect it, the car would start, but then after I turned the key off for any length of time and tried to start it again -- nothing would happen: no clicking, no trying to turn over, no nothing.
The alarm was the issue.
I did most of the tests you recommended, but none of them addressed the alarm issue.
yes,an alarm can give you a fit sometimes
glad you got it