2000 Ford Taurus


Asked by Jul 24, 2016 at 12:31 AM about the 2000 Ford Taurus SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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 for almost an hour and I
filled the resinous with water and It started working fine
and I made it home. The next day it was overheating again
and the fan not blowing, I bought a new fuse and still
nothing. But that day while in gear pulled up to a light the
engine had a very rough idle , and the temp gauge would
go up , but once in drive, the gauge would go down and
drive perfect like normal. For two days it did this till the
resevoir was low enough I bought and put in 50/50
coolant. In those two days I had diagnostics done, it read
a cylinder one misfire and the engine light essentially
came on. And at the next point any time in gear at idle the
engine light would flash. But in higher speeds would stop
flashing. However Once I put real coolant in, it no longer
had a rough idle, drove perfect like before any of this
happened and then engine light went off all together. As if
the car never had any problems. It still does not have the
new cooling fan on, but I'm going home at this point till
the fan gets put on the next day. So the next day on my
way to have the fan put on, I notice the temp guaze slowly
rising and going back down, then up again, never getting
more then 3/4 to the red zone, I'm not running the air
either, but doing 60 on the highway, I start to lose power,
the car stalls out and I make it to the emergency lane. No
smoke of any kind came from under the hood, just stalled.
I pop the hood and there is no coolant in the resevoir, and
now the car won't crank or start. Or turn over however the
term goes. It only clicks. But I have poem wet to the rest
of the car. Dash lights, headlights. It just won't crank.
Being on the down side of the highway I put it in nuetral
and coasted it down over an on ramp and two one way
lanes and fortunate enough into the parking lot of a
mechanic shop. But still it sits there not cranking or
starting. I spent the night last night with the car trying
anything I could to find a solution, even having someone
pick me up a used starter , but I didn't have the proper
socket to take the old one off. Then I started looking into
fuses. PCR, starter relay. Am I in the right direction, or has
my motor just completely seized up? I'm not ignorant to
cars , but I'm definitely no mechanic. But they don't call
fords built tough for nothing.  I just bought his car for cash
about 3-4 weeks ago after my Hemi was flooded in
Houston rain. I paid 1500$ and it only had 96 thousand
miles on it. Has an 04 battery in it still, and ran
exceptionally well for its age, until the fan went out. As in I
have had zero problems with it until now. I don't have
money to buy another car, and very little for repairs. My
house was flooded too and extra cash lately just seems
like a fairytale. I need some advice, badly.  Or maybe
someone that can help that is more mechanically inclined
than myself that doesn't work for 75$ an hour. I'm running
out of options.

7 Answers


First thing would be turn the bottom crank pulley with rachet,see if it will unseize,but chances are if it had no fluid it may have warped the crank or the heads on engine,if you cant turn that bootom pulley the motor is most likely siezed,but try to break it lose you may get lucky,wish you luck,and prayers to you.


Sounds like the cylinder head warped because of the overheating. One of the cylinders is probably filled with coolant and the engine is hydrostaticly locked. To confirm this, remove the spark plugs and try cranking it. If it does crank and coolant spits out of one of the spark plug holes, that's definitely what has happened. Not a cheap fix, to replace the head. Personally, I'd get rid of the car at that point. HTH. - Jim


But why would four different mechanics tell me they thought it was the starter?

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Also those four mechanics told me that it wasn't seized up, not specifically why, just that it wasn't .. They work at the shop my car coasted into. Each one made a super ate look at it, all w the same conclusion. Are they all wrong? Or what would give them that impression. One told me under extreme heat that it can burn out a starter. I just don't know otherwise.

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Yes, extreme heat can burn out a starter. I've actually had that happen to me once. If you want to try to turn the engine by hand you'll still have to remove the spark plugs. The engine's compression will make it difficult to turn with the spark plugs installed. HTH. -Jim


Well after two painful days of heat and cursing and destroying my fingernails, I got the old starter off and a new one on. She's driving fine.. Now to get this cooling fan on before she starts running hot again. To be honest, I really thought the engine was fucked.. But I think my guardian angel is running on turbo charge or something!! Cause she hasn't failed me yet!! Thanks for the input guys!!

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Thank goodness! Very glad you got it running!! A lot of times these engines are done once they're overheated! I agree, your Guardian Angel is working overtime!! -Jim

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