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Replace the battery and starter will not turn over

I recently replaced the battery in my 95 cougar xr7 (with the V8), hooked up the new battery, had all the lights etc but car would not turn over, not even a click. After a bit, I let the car sit for 30 seconds, tried again and it started right up. After that, it started EVERY time. Today I removed the battery connectors long enough to put on some red/green 'corrosion rings', hooked the battery back up and same situation: I have all the lights etc but starter will not turn over, not even a click. I let is set for 30 seconds, tried again, still no change. It's like something needs to be reset when you change the battery. I have replaced batteries on OTHER cars and have never run across this. Any ideas?

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  • penturner Jan 12, 2009

    It looks like it was my error. The battery and connectors LOOK like they are making a good connection but they aren't. I turned the neg battery cable a quarter turn, tried again, and presto a good connection. I SHOULD have used a wire brush to clean the battery clamps and battery posts. Thanks for the quick advice!

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You should have a Fuel Shutoff in the Trunk. Make sure that it is not Tripping when this Happens.

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    Travis Humphries Jan 12, 2009

    No Problem! Happy to Help!

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