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Starter not engaging

I have a 1999 Mercury Mounatineer. It's a V6 4.0, and it's automatic. This vehicle would not start, so i removed the starter, and had it tested. The old starter's bearings were going in it, so i bought a new starter. I have the new starter installed and everything is connected. The vehicle will not turn over. I have gone through and pollished up all ground wires in my truck, and it still does nothing with the key turned over. Even when i make a connection with a screwdriver to the posts on the cylinoid the starter actually comes on, but will not engadge the transmission. I'm curious if naybe it is not a ground wire, but one of the power wires is not connected. I have had this issue before with a Dodge Neon (ground wire) and a Olds Alero (cigar lighter short), but I'm really at my witts end here. Thanks in advanced! Adam

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Sounds like you got a bum starter take it back and let them bench test it

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Fig. Fig. 5: Starter mounting-2.5L engine

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Fig. 1: Unfasten the starter motor electrical connections. You may want to tag them first to avoid confusion

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