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Old 10-24-2011, 07:04 PM   #1
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Location: Richmond, Virginia
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1994 Ford Taurus SHO starting issue

Greetings folks,

I have not been on here in a while but thought I would give this site a try for a current issue that I am having.....

I have a 1994 SHO with the automatic (ATX) and past couple of times I have driven it, I have noticed that the starter has dragged just like the battery is starting to go and lose is cranking amperage. I have just recently replaced the alternator and I have checked that and it is working fine. Yesterday, I went over to my storage garage where I keep the SHO, and went to crank it, and even though she stays on a trickle charger, the starter engaged but did not have enough power to turn it over quick enough to start it, but it tried and then I got the clicking noise which I assumed was either the relay, or the solenoid. I own 9 cars and I am very mechanical, so this screamed battery issues to me especially considering the fact it has been dragging the last couple times driven. I checked the battery cable connections and they were tight and clean appearing. I then attempted to jump the car from a jump box yielding only a click. I then tried using the battery in my Durango 5.9 R/T to no avail either. I thought this was a little odd, so I took the battery to the local NAPA and it tested bad. I replaced it with a new one only to find the same click.

At this point, I have jumped the cars from 3-4 other vehicles of mine, I have jumped the car from the cables with no battery hooked up to another known good battery and it will not do anything else but click. My assumptions at this point are that either my battery cables are bad and I have a bad connection somewhere (they have never been replaced). I have a bad relay somewhere that is not functioning or the starter/solenoid is gone.

The car is stuck in my shop and not my house garage which means working on this is going to mean transporting all of my tools to another location from home. I am looking for some troubleshooting guidance as in what to check before going to the effort of ripping the starter out which does NOT look easy. It is wedged between the front lower subframe and the engine and getting to it looks like an act of Houdini.

Is there a relay on this car somewhere? When I turn the key, I hear NOTHING at the starter. I hear a relay trip when I turn it to start. I have full power to all over electrical controls on the car. headlights, brake lights, interior, you name it. I fiddled with everything battery I could think of and to NO avail.

Is there anyone out there that knows these SHO's really well and what components of the starting system are prone to issues? I believe that this is the original starter in the car. I am wondering if all the years of oil from the oil filter changes running down on the solenoid have done it in. Any guidance on what simple things to check first specific to this car would be MUCH appreciated! Thanks guys!!

2006 Mazdaspeed6, 2002 Pontiac Trans AM Ram Air WS-6, 1996 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4x4, 2002 Durango 5.9 R/T, 1995 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4x4, 1994 Ford Taurus SHO 3.2L, 1976 Buick 225 Limited, 1992 Miata, 2008 Miata.

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