First, please excuse my ignorance. I will do my best to stick to just
Just purchased the second Ford of my life time...1999 Ford Taurus with
the 3.0 duratec engine. The vehicle has 71,000 miles on it and I paid
During the auction preview day, the car would not start when I first
looked at it. The help there jumped the car and it ran very
well...smooth etc. The car shifted smoothly, although I was not
allowed to actually drive it. The AC was cold.
Tried to pick up the car yesterday. Again, it would not start.
Jumped it 3 times, it would run but then stall when I took my foot off
the gas and not restart. Attempted to keep it running...until it ran
out of gas!!! Went and got 10 gallons of fuel and started all over
again...but a minute or two after taking my foot off the accelerator
it would stall again. And once, after removing the key from the
ignition, I heard a click, click that sounded like it was coming from
the steering column. Finally had it towed to my local mechanic.
My mechanic jumped the car and tested both the battery and the
alternator...the alternator was charging the battery. We took it for
a short ride. The AC blew hot air for quite a while...and then turned
cold. The security light flicked on and off a few times. The car
felt like it was going to stall and also jerked/bucked a couple of
times and the rpms jumped up to 3,000/4,000 and then back down to
1,00/2,000, while it was jerking.
My first thought is to replace the battery as it was totally dead and
a bad cell, etc. The serpentine belt is also going to be replaced. I
am wondering if there is some major electrical problem going on.
Do you think that the probably 10 or more jumps that this car
had...both mine and other folks who looked at the vehicle...could have
really screwed up the computer settings and that could cause these
problems? I did research the "reset the computer" proceedure and I
know, at least since it has been in my possession, it has not been
I apologize for my novice descriptions. And, I do trust my mechanic.
Just need to get some information so I can stop worrying if I did the
wrong thing by purchasing this car.
Any suggestions? TIA.