i got a 01 taurus sel and replaced 2 alternaters and a battery. it will drive good for a while and lose power including electrical and the car will hesitate and dye. not the alt an batt is dead

Asked by Mar 14, 2015 at 01:07 AM about the 2001 Ford Taurus SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

3 Answers


Recharge the battery, then start testing main circuits, it could just be a blown main fuse in the distribution box under the hood or a possible broken wire feed from the alternator to the battery.


The alt light circuit operates normally ? and theres been reports of one fuse that is inadequate? on many taruses. The ones that have a low rated fuse ( 5A ) were increased to 15A to compensate........ things to check while you're searching. If you are still scratching your head, Asking Ford for an oasis would not hurt to learn of updates that can hold the key to the simplest fix for repeat alternator failure. You can call a dealer and tell them your vin. ask for service dept


I just tackled this same exact problem. Ford got sneeky this year and changed the alternator to a PCM powered alternator. I had my alternator rebuilt to work in my 2001 SEL.

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