2002 Taurus turns off when switching from reverse to drive and back(when parking) and I am wondering if this is an issue with the car idling, transmission, the battery or something else?

Asked by May 14, 2014 at 01:25 PM about the 2002 Ford Taurus SES

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2002 Ford Taurus SES keeps turning
off. It seems to only happen when I
am switching from drive to reverse
when I parallel park. The battery light
comes on and I have to put the car in
park, turn the key and restart
completely. Sometimes this happens
multiple times in a row. Sometimes I
have no issue that day. I think it
occurs most often when I am trying
to get in a tricky parking spot on the
street so I thought it might have to
do with idling. It also happens when I
switch reverse to drive and that
makes me think transmission is the
issue. The battery light comes on
when it turns off, which might mean
a battery problem but I replaced the
battery less than a year ago!
I am moving to NC from PA at the
end of the month for school and I am
worried about my car. I am a girl and
though I am not clueless, I worry
about being taken advantage of
when I go to repair shops. About
how much should I expect this
problem to cost me?

1 Answer

258,025

Sounds like the alternator pulley bearing is failing, putting a strain on your serpentine belt, stalling the car when your doing some tight maneuvering at idle. The battery light doesn't indicate a battery issue but a charging issue. So have your local garage check it out, your probably looking at replacing the alternator and maybe a new belt. HTH's.

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