2003 Taurus, about 45K. Had been problem free so far. However, out
of the blue, it has decided not to start, appears to be an electrical
After a roughly 100 mile drive, I parked it for about an hour, then
went to run an errand. Lo and behold, turned the key and nothing.
Noticed that pretty much everything electric was dead, except dome
light. Tried to jump it. With the cables connected, all the
electrics came back after a moment - windows, door locks, trunk
release, radio, blower, etc. However, when would turn the key to
start, everything would kinda shut off, and I’d get a
click...click...click (sounded like from engine compartment). I did
notice before jumping what appeared to be a faint (it had sat for an
hour) fragrance of electrical smoke smell from the engine compartment
after I opened the hood, but couldn’t be sure.
Let it sit for several hours, tried the car again. Initially, the
dome light worked and that was it. After a moment, at least some of
the other electrics would function (radio, door locks). Tried start
There were no early-warning symptoms that I observed at all... No
idiot lights, nothing.
I left the car at my original destination, about 100 miles from home,
so any ideas would be GREATLY appreciated.
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