My battery in my 2003 Taurus died, I think. Car wouldn't start. I replaced the battery now it still won't start or click. All electric works, just won't even try to start. Exclamation point on dash.


Asked by Jan 13, 2014 at 07:00 PM about the 2003 Ford Taurus

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

To begin, the car had an old battery. 11/06. The terminals corroded badly and the car
quit starting. It would jump off then that too quit working. I replaced the cable terminals
and the battery, now the car still won't start. It doesn't even click like it's trying to start.
There's a new light on the dash I've never seen before, an exclamation point in a circle.
There's a factor theft system in the car. I need to know why this car won't start. Any
help is appreciated.

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That is a (bad battery) light. When you turn the key on is the antitheft light flashing?

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Yessir. But the theft light always flashes before I start the engine. The car also has a light shaped like a battery.


Is there a chance that disconnecting the battery triggered the kill engine switch or something?


It should flash and then stop flashing. The light on the dash is a bad battery light. If you turn the key on and it keeps flashing you have triggered the antitheft and needs reset.


You know how to do that?


hold on and I will get the steps

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Thanks, sir.


Unhook the battery for 10 minutes then use your key to unlock the drivers door. Turn left then right.This should reset the system.

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Thanks, man. I will give this a try. I googled how to reset it and nothing I found said to unhook the battery for any length of time. That makes good sense. I appreciate your helpfulness.

sounds like you have a bad alternator and battery with some bad cables... just my 2 cents

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Try this, turn the key to the on position, open the drivers side door, wait 10 minutes, close the door, turn the key to offf position, then start car.

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