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I thought I ran out of gas when my car died going down highway

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I thought I ran out of gas when my car died going down highway recently. After putting more gas, car wouldn't start, only made clicking noise. Could not jumpvit off. Pulled it home. I was told I needed new alternator, had it tested. It was bad. So I replaced It. Also had battery tested. It had to be charged. Now it cranks but just wont start. I can hear fuel pump start to run when I turn key to on position, so I don't think it's that. But do the problems I'm having sound like I could have a bad starter? Or do you have any troubleshooting advice to find the source of the not staring problem?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Ford
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Btw it's an 2001 Ford Taurus
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I'm Chris. Thanks for seeking us for help.
Being the engine cranks, the starter is fine. Do you know how to verify there is ignition spark and injector pulse. I believe there was more than one issue. Currently I am leaning towards a cam or crank sensor failure.
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Thanks Chris
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I do not know how to verify there is ignition spark and injector pulse. But if u can explain I'm sure I could. Also I should let u know about 3 weeks ago another car hit mine while I was driving. Damaging the passenger fender area by tire. Shortly after the was fluid shooting out under the hood. I believe it was coolant. I had to replace the coolant recovery reservoir because it was damaged.
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 2 years ago.
Hi Sure I can help on this. For ignition spark, we need to remove a plug wire from a spark plug, Hold the plug wire tip near engine ground, crank the engine and see if there is spark occurring. You want to see at least a 1/2 inch spark occur. Now for the injector pulse, unplug an injector and plug up a noid light in its place. They are about 5$ at a parts store. While cranking the light should flash rapid. Was this coolant loss, yellow or green and similar to water or was it oily, possibly red?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
It looked like rusty water.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I'll get the noid light & try both tests
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I am getting spark & fuel.
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 2 years ago.
Rusty water is most likely coolant and the fact its rusty is a good sign there is corrosion inside the engine and a flush, water pump, and thermostat are needed.