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Emergency light not turning off

I just bought this car (1999 Mecury Cougar). When I unlock the car the Emergency lights go on and don't turn off untill later on even if driving the car.... the little unlock remote key change doesn't work even after changing the battery.... and the inside buttons also don't work to unlock/lock of for the windows to up down. do you think its an electrical/wireing problem???

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There is a dimmer switch that has an adjustment for the interior lights as well as your dash lights if it will not adjust then replace it. the remote keychain is probably bad and you can get a replacement for 25 bucks(sorry there is no fix for it) as far as the auto window and door locks it's a bad switch in the arm restb on the driver side and can be replaced. you can get replacement parts at a local auto parts store for a minimal cost.. please rate this

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This is a service interval warning, which will illuminate at 45,000 miles, and again at 80,000 miles.
This simple service reminder light will be reset when you have your vehicle serviced at a Ford, Lincoln, Mercury dealership, since it is part of their checklist. However, most other service facilities are not aware of how to reset the light, or simply forget to reset the light.
it could be a wiring problem

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This light is the most common light to be seen illuminated on used Cougars, as many people who do not purchase an extended warranty reach their 3/36,000 limit, and no longer visit the dealership for service, meaning the light illuminates once the person has begun using non-FLM service centers. This light does not indicate their is an issue with your car, but that a major service interval has been reached.

To reset this service-counter light, press and hold both the SELECT and the UNITS button, found on your dashboard odometer / clock controls. While holding these buttons, start your car. Continue to hold these buttons until you hear a low, long beep-sound, usually after about 5-10 seconds. The light will instantly turn off

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It means that something on your motor has failed. The computer has stored a code to identify the problem, you can go to Auto Zone or Advance Auto Parts or similar parts store where they will hook up a code reader to your car & tell what code/device failed. Most auto parts stores do this for free. Then you can purchase the part & change it yourself. If you are not mechanically inclined then any auto shop will be able to take care of it for you, I would suggest getting the code read for free & buying the part yourself, then taking it to a shop for install. It would save you some money. If you change the part yourself, disconnect the battery when you start and keep it disconnected for a minimum of 20 minutes, this will refresh the computer and allow the code to reset.

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It could signify many things such as failed emission controls, bad spark plug, defective voltage regulator, and such. It would help to know what other things might have been happening just prior to the stall out. Usually there are other symptoms that will be evident and when not taken care of will cause further problems like the warning light and stalling

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