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Category: Ford
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Experience:  23 years with Ford specializing in drivability and electrical and AC. Ford certs and ASE Certs
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My son's 1997 ford taurus will not turn over. It has a new

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my son's 1997 ford taurus will not turn over. It has a new battery, we just replaced the starter. Intermittently as he was driving everything shut down-no power to anything, but in 20 minutes it would start up. this time it's completely died. He had a green light-which we determined was the antitheft would blink.........could this be a simple fuse issue?
JA: Is the power loss consistent, or does it fluctuate?
Customer: it fluctuated at first but now it's just dead. He had a freind look at the starter wireing they say its goodd, the unhooked the battery cables and re hoooked, but n no power at all.
JA: Are you fixing your Taurus yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: it's my son's car-he's in college and doesn't have 50 cents to his name....he doesn't know anything about cars.....but his roommate does.......i'm searching on line to try to help him-Im mom-no dad.........I thought if I could rule out the small stuff-then I'll see if we can get it to mechanic.....
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: where is the first place to start in trouble shooting?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Jared D replied 11 months ago.

It sounds like the theft module is giving you problems. Either the chip in the key is no longer sending out a signal which turns the theft system off or the device that retrieves the signal is dead.

Do you have a spare key he could try?

Expert:  Jared D replied 11 months ago.


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Expert:  Jared D replied 11 months ago.


Do you still need help with this vehicle?