All interior dash lights come on and car won't accelerate?


Asked by Jun 21, 2016 at 03:23 PM about the 2008 Ford Taurus

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I've been having this problem three times weekly for a month. For example: I will be stopped at a
stop sign and all the dash lights will come on. I try to accelerate and only if I am pedal to the
ground it will *slightly* move forward. When this happens, it will only go into reverse easily. If I
go through the gears it makes a clunking noise. The way I've found to temporarily fix it is to
disconnect a battery terminal for a few minutes then reconnect. If it is a transmission problem
then why would all the dashboard lights come on?? Any ideas? Thanks

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I should mention I have a 2008 Ford Taurus with a little over 100k miles on it

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Sounds like you may have a problem with Engine Control Module if it resets after connecting the battery. If the warning lights flicker it could be a drop in voltage, if that's the case check battery connections. If terminals are ok you may have a faulty alternator.

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