2000 Ford Taurus won't start

30

Asked by Jan 18, 2013 at 12:48 PM about the 2000 Ford Taurus

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My husband has been trying to get my grandma's car to start and nothing has worked so far.  He's changed all of the following items and they DID need changed:  battery, spark plugs and wires, fuel pump and starter.  Next on the list to try is the #4 coil.  The old plugs were super black and gapped wrong and even after he put new ones in and tried starting the car, the new plugs turned black already.  I've heard him mention that the car needs to be taken out on the highway and driven faster than an old lady would drive it in order to blow the carbs out.  But we need to get it started first.  Any suggestions?  Grandma is very upset thinking he did something because "it ran fine before he took it"  The only time he drove it was to bring it to our house.  He hasn't been able to get it started since, so I feel there clearly were problems before we got it.  Please help!

4 Answers

"Blow the carbs out"? What does that mean? It does not have a carburetor if that's what he means, it does not need to be driven at 70mph ever to keep it functional, it does need to be driven to keep it lubricated among other things, but normal 'in town' driving will do, they used to say "take it out and blow out the gunk" for old, muscle cars, which this is certainly not. What leads you to believe there is something with the #4 coil? And the spark plugs turned black after attempting to start it and it didn't? Start that is?

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

That car has a 3.0 Liter V6, a very good engine, i did some research to see what might be going on. One thing that comes to mind, is sometimes for reasons unknown to me, older people will not keep gas in it. They drive it until the warning light flashes, then put in $10. If that is the case, condensation may have gotten water in the tank, Just a thought, there are a multitude of things...does it get spark at all? Is that why he is thinking coil?

6 of 6 people found this helpful.
30

Haha, I kind of thought that was funny that he said that about the carbs also. I didn't think it had a carburetor. He is no mechanic by any means, but he knows more than most non-mechanics. He also thought about water in the tank and has put some Heet in it. As for the coil issue, I do believe I heard him say that it wasn't getting any spark. I guess my main purpose for asking is in hopes that someone can confirm that there was some kind of issue with this car before we got it, since my Grandma seems to think it was fine and dandy before we took it. I also forgot to mention that she has been sick and the car sat for about 4 weeks undriven before we took it. I also don't think that she is one that would let the gas go to almost empty before filling it. As she has mentioned to me many times, she has picked up a few things by working for three dealerships in the past and had two brothers in the repair business.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Sitting parked for a month can cause a lot of problems. Since that's the case, Grandma does not know that it was 'just fine" she thinks so, and you are not going to convince her otherwise

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • I have a 2000 Ford Taurus it won't start 2 answers

    would the car turn over if the ECM was bad?

    2000 Ford Taurus SE

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • My 2000 Ford Taurus won't start 1 answer

    IT OVER HEATED THE TEMP GAGE NEVER WENT PAST HALF WAY THE SPARK PLUG WIRES MELTED A LIL THERE'S WATER IN MY OIL IN MY SPARK PLUGGS AND MAYBE IN MYGAS TO

    2000 Ford Taurus

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • I have a 2000 ford taurus and it won't start but sounds like it want's to 2 answers

    I changed the fuel filter and that didn't seem to make a differance , I did check spark on all cyl. and they all sparked to plugs. then I checked the fuel where it hooks up on right fender well before...

    2000 Ford Taurus SE

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2000 Ford Taurus 7 answers

    I was out of town when my car started to overheat. I noticed the engine cooling fan had stopped so I checked the fuses and one was bad, so I swapped it from another component not needed. It cooled ...

    2000 Ford Taurus SE

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Ford Taurus won't start 2 answers

    2003 Ford Taurus LX

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Taurus

Looking for a Used Taurus in your area?

CarGurus has 20,408 nationwide Taurus listings starting at $2,258.

ZIP:

Search Ford Taurus Questions

Ford Taurus Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 3,850
#2 lightGear
lightGear
Reputation 1,920
#2 dandyoun
dandyoun
Reputation 1,920
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Impala
578 Great Deals out of 31,558 listings starting at $799
Used Ford Explorer
944 Great Deals out of 72,548 listings starting at $1,499
Used Ford Mustang
459 Great Deals out of 45,641 listings starting at $1,999
Used Ford F-150
2,178 Great Deals out of 206,277 listings starting at $1,499
Used Chevrolet Malibu
907 Great Deals out of 79,544 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Accord
803 Great Deals out of 84,448 listings starting at $988
Used Toyota Camry
1,000 Great Deals out of 90,532 listings starting at $650
Used Ford Focus
545 Great Deals out of 57,040 listings starting at $1,095
Used Nissan Maxima
314 Great Deals out of 25,099 listings starting at $999

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford Taurus For Sale
5,050 listings starting at $18,379
2016 Ford Taurus For Sale
68 Great Deals out of 5,014 listings starting at $15,995
2015 Ford Taurus For Sale
31 Great Deals out of 1,455 listings starting at $9,995
2014 Ford Taurus For Sale
41 Great Deals out of 1,467 listings starting at $7,650
2013 Ford Taurus For Sale
33 Great Deals out of 1,435 listings starting at $6,500

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.