Question about 2004 Mercury Mountaineer
I turn the key and get one click. I am in the process of taking off the starter because I think that is what the problem is. I am struggling with getting the last bolt off. Any suggestions?
Have a load test done on the battery. If it checks out good, take a voltmeter to the battery and have an assistant rotate the engine. If you see more than a 2 volt drop when the car is being started, the starter is heading south.
Posted on Jul 02, 2008
There could be other mechanical problems but I would suggest the battery is dead to the extent of replacing. It dosen't take too much to run most electrical components but starting the car is the biggest challenge to the battery. Try jump starting the car. If that works let the car run for about 10 mins, turn it off wait 10 seconds. Try to start the car again, if it dosent start then the battery is useless or your alternator is bad.
If you have an indicator on the dash that displays the battery voltage can help too. 'Normal' is normally normal if it's in the middle or 3/4 full of the highest 'normal' area, but that's not a constant and only applies to the voltage meter.
Tip: Your headlights normally get brighter after you start your car.
Posted on Jul 02, 2008
Sounds like the battery is dead, you have just enough power to have the lights come on, but no cranking of the starter. Try putting the battery on a trickle charger, or hook up jumper cables to another car which is running. Let it run with the jumper cables connected for two mintues before you try and start your car.
Posted on Dec 21, 2008
Usually disconnecting the battery for anywhere from 10 - 30 mins resets any codes stored in memory.
Sometimes however it is a specific amount of "key cycling" that is required. eg: Turn key on, then off, then on for X seconds, then off for X seconds, then start engine etc. etc. etc.
If you have disconnected the battery, and there are no codes present but the light still comes on, there could be an issue with your airbag system. Wiring, or something was not done right.
WARNING : If you intend to work on the airbag yourself remember to disconnect battery for at least 45 mins. The air bag requires approx. 20-60 mins (depending on the vehicle, make and model and year) to discharge. If you do not do this you risk deploying the air bag, and that could ****!
Posted on May 10, 2009
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