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My 96 cougar will not reliably start. radio lights etc. go on and the starter tries but no ignition. then it will start just fine a few times. what is the most likely cause for it to start. it has previously been excellant starting car in all weather.

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Sounds like an ignition problem , have you done any maintainence on this car, if not, replace the spark plugs, gas filter, check ignition wires, rotor if equipped

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