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My Mom is having a problem with her daily driver, a 98 Ford Taurus. I don’t know the details on the engine but I think it is a DOHC 6 cyc. This problem has happened twice now but fortunately she has not been stranded in a bad place. She had no warning that there was a problem. She went into a store came back out just a couple of minutes later & car would not start. Called for a tow truck & while waiting for about an hour tried again & it started right up as if nothing had ever happened. The car ran fine for about a month. Now, it has happened again. This time the car started right up but after moving about 100' it suddenly died. Again, it would not start. After letting it sit for an hour it started right up again. She has driven it a couple of days now with no problems. What do you guys think this could possibly be?

Really appreciate your help & opinions on this one.

Thanks

Buck
 

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Intermittant Start Failure

Tough one to trouble shoot unless it remains in a failure mode. I'd take it to the local Ford dealer for a service. My guess is that they have experience with this type failure and should be able to resolve it for you.
 

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I had the same issue on a 92.

The problem ended up being a failing water pump seal that was dribbling water onto the crank sensor. At least it was a relatively easy fix.

Brad
 
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