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2003 starting issue

Discussion in '2002 - 2005 Ford Thunderbird' started by rdcjac, Jul 7, 2017.

  1. Purchased 2003 recently, all recalls have been completed per previous owner. Has 89,000 miles and no known issues in the short time we've had it.

    This issue is starting. Most of the time, turn the key on and it starts right up. Other times it make take 5-6 tries before it starts. Turn it off and starts first time.

    I don't think it's the starter or battery as it cranks and continues to try to start. We just have to keep turning the key on/off until it does start.

    Being internment, I hate to take to dealership and have them try random replacement items.

    Any suggests or similar issues ?

    New to site and being a bird owner.
    John Hayman likes this.
  2. captrick

    captrick Active Member Lifetime Donor

    I had a similar problem a while ago, and it turned out to be the crank sensor on the back of the engine in the bottom of the bell housing. After we changed that 3 years ago the problem went away. Because of it's location it gets water, dirt, and oil in it and it doesn't sense the crankshaft rotation. Good Luck Rick
  3. Could be a faulty contact in the switch itself - starter contacts okay but ignition contacts not. Could check with a voltmeter or test light connected to the ignition circuit somewhere, somehow ?? under the hood. Not an expert on Birds.
  4. My 2005 Premium 50th Anniversary is in the shop now, same issue. I believe it to be the PATS Sensor ring?

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