To whom it may concern,
I came upon your website while looking for relevant information on the
internet. I will jump right into the ongoing problem I am having with my
vehicle. As I mentioned above I have a 2000 Ford Taurus SE V6, SOHC.
About 4 months ago I started having this problem where I would be driving
and the car would just shut off for a few moments and the start again.
When the first occurrence happened the shop replaced the alternator. Car
ran fine for about 4 weeks. Then all of a sudden I would get into the car
and start moving and the car would die on me. It would not start when I
turned the key but then when I waited a few minutes (20 to 1 hour) the car
would then start. I had the same mechanic look at it again and he stated
that it was the engine coolant temp. sensor. So I had that replaced. The
car ran fine again for a few weeks and I had the same problem. This time I
had the starter replaced. The car ran GREAT For a few more weeks and the
check engine light came on and it stated that it was the EGR valve. I ran
it for about week (to get the money to fix it) but while I was driving the
car stalled out on the Interstate, I let it sit for a while and it started
fine and I was able to drive home. However, later that same day I tried to
start the car and the car would not start. The same mechanic came by the
next day and stated that a signal was not getting to the starter. We took
the EGR valve off and cleaned it to clear that code. Then he kinda
(hotwired the starter) and the car started fine. The car has ran very
well for about 2 weeks since then. Tonight, however, I was pulling out of
my apartment community and the car died again and would not start. I let
the car sit for a few and tried to start it again and it did not start.
NO clicks, battery is fine, just no sound at all. However, I for some
reason, reprogrammed the keyless entry and the car started up fine. It
all sounds very strange to me and sounds as if I may be having a problem
with the anti-theft system? Any help would very very much be
[This followup was posted to alt.autos.ford and a copy was sent to the
If the FACTORY anti-theft was active, the THEFT light would either be
blinking fast or glow constantly. When it detects a properly coded key
(assuming you have the full PATS system) it will stay on for about 3
seconds after starting, then go out. If the key is wrong, it will blink
rapidly and disable the starter. I don't think any of the perimeter
items would cause an engine shutdown. Once started, the alarm system
shouldn't be able to shut down the engine. It only disables the starter.
If you have an after-market alarm system, then it may have a problem.
With either system, there are various relays to disable the starter,
and one may be going bad. The starter solenoid itself may also have bad
contacts, wiring, or corroded connections.
Have the battery LOAD tested. It could be getting weak and causing the
computer or something else to malfunction.
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