My wife's 94 Taurus is acting up again. After sitting for a while it dose
not want to crank. I can hear the fuel pump run when you turn on the key
and the self test returns memory code 211.(boy I hate am intermitting
(Profile Ignition Pickup (PIP) circuit fault. Two or more successive
erratic Profile Ignition Pickup (PIP) pulses occurred, resulting in a
possible engine miss or stall.)
This would indicate an absents of a spark. If I spray starter fluid in
the air cleaner inlet hose the engine will start, indicating there is a
spark present. Any suggestion on how to check for a spark? other than
holding the ignition wire while cranking :>) As for testing the fuel pump
pressure at the test port as previous post suggested, were is this test
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Based on the info the engine does crank, but won't start. If it will start
with starter fluid you have spark, but you may not be getting a PIP signal
to the PCM and thus not firing the injectors. This could be a bad PIP
sensor, TFI module or PCM. The most likely cause is the PIP sensor, but I
have seen TFI modules do this. It will be very hard to find the problem
without proper test equipment.
The engine has a distributor, I assume. Be nice if we knew what engine.
You likely have either a bad dist ignition module (TFI) or pickup in the dist
TFI takes a small tool about 5 bucks, any parts store, while replacing -
remove old lube, relube with hi-temp silicone grease.
If that doesnt do it, it's likely the pickup sensor in the dist
As suggested in other responses a timing lite would show up an erratic
spark... but depends on familiarity with how they work.
Suggest a used dist from a salvage yard for troubleshooting/replacement
parts. DO NOT replace dist itself unless you are familiar and/or have
experienced help. just use the parts.
Lube concerns still apply.
Similar thing happened to my 95 Taurus with the 3.0 engine. My son
drove the car to his friend's house and the car just died infront of
the house. Next day I went there and found that the fuel pump was
working, there was no code from the computer, also there was no spark
from the spark plugs. I thogut it had to be either the coil or the
ignition module. I replaced the coil and the car started right up. I
drove the car for about 3 miles and the engine died again. I towed
the car to my mechanic and he replaced the ignition module and still
got no spark. Next he replaced the whole distributor, but still no
spark. We concluded it has to be the computer (Ford calls it the
PCM). I bought a used PCM from a junk yard for $100.0. My mechanic
installed it and the car started right up. Now the car is running
normal. I hope my experience helps.
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