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My 1999 Mercury Cougar stalled at a red light and will not start. it has spark and I sprayed starter fluid into the intake and it still does not want to try to start. can anybody help me?

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Does it have normal compression - is the timing belt ok ?

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SOURCE: i have a 1999 gmc Yukon it is getting fuel and

ok make sure you have good fuel pressure
you must have good spark must fire a spark tester
if all that is good then check compression
and don't use STARTER FLUID on a GAS ENGINE it can blow a hole through the piston
hope this helps

Posted on Nov 12, 2009

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