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Mercury tracer Charging issue

1994 Mercury tracer won't take a charge, recently replaced corroded battery terminals, also we are getting mild shock whenever we get in or out of the car

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  • wflenz Mar 13, 2009

    Tracer sat in the garage for a couple of months and wouldn't start this week. Tried to jump start the battery with no luck so I called AAA who was able to start with no problem. Looks like the battery terminals were the problem also but I did notice that I was getting a slight shock when I got out of the car.



    Local mechanic says that I need a new battery.. Should I investigate the short first because there is quite a list of other items to repair.



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    hooking up a battery on a mercury tracer

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Sounds like a bad alternator! an a short causing the shock

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