car started when i first bought it but the battery wouldnt charge, then i parked it and it hasnt started since. even when i try to jump it. there was a crack in the starter solonoid so i replaced it and now none of the electronics work and it still wont start? what do i do?
wont start on 1990 Ford Taurus
by Visitor in Bend, OR on September 15, 2010
ANSWER by Visitor , September 16, 2010
If the battery is shorted,(junk) you may not be able to jump through it. Save time and money borrow a ford batter from a buddy (that is full charged) swap it with yours. See if it starts. Also make sure all connections are clean.
ANSWER by patrick mannion , September 16, 2010
Agree with answer above. Turn on the ignition switch to the on but not run position do you see an icon on the instrument panel representing a battery, if you do not see this battery icon the alternator is not seeing power to allow it to charge. Start the engine does the battery icon go out. . Put a volt meter across the battery terminals with the engine off, at rest the battery voltage should be 12.6 volts if the battery is fully charged. Now get a friend to start the car while you watch the voltmeter, the voltage reading across the battery should read approximately 14.6 volts if the alternator is charging correctly.