Starter on a 2004 Ford Taurus with 135,000 miles v6, 3.0 L

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#1

How do I know if the starter is bad? My engine light goes on and it is a little hard to start. Should I replace it or should I wait until it does not start? Thanks.

womper


#2

Nothing you’ve said has anything to do with a starter.

Explain this: “it is a little hard to start” in detail.

A bad starter will never turn on your engine light. If your engine light is on take the car to a major chain auto parts store and have them pull the error codes. Most do this for free. Write down the exact codes (like P1234) and post them here.


#3

When I say it is a “little hard to start” I mean that it does not turn over or start immediately. It takes about two or three seconds before it starts. The code was P0306. Thank you.


#4

Code P0306 is a misfire on #6 cylinder. I doubt that is causing the starting trouble you are having.


#5

I had the coil pack and all six spark plugs replaced. Could it be a defective coil pack or defective spark plugs? Thanks.


#6

The trouble could be with the plug or coilpack. You could try swapping or replacing the plug first to see if that makes a change. Make sure the plug gap is within specs. If that doesn’t help then you could try moving the coilpack to see if the problem moves with it. Doing a compression test may show up a problem also.