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My car wont start

I have a 1987 mercury grand marquis and i recently replaced the selenoid on it and now it wont give out no power when i stick key in no lights or noises or nothing like im not getting any power what should i do

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  • markeith11wi Jun 04, 2009

    how do i determine if i put the wires back on right and if i didnt what should i do?

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First have to ask if you are sure that you connected the wires to the new solenoid just like they were on the old one. don't mean to say that you don't know what you are doing, i would be asking myself the same question at this point. if you are certain that you did then try cleaning the battery terminals. take the negative terminal off first, that way you won't generate sparks like you might if you took pos off first. clean up both posts and clamps and wipe the crud off the top of the battery case, use some baking soda on it if there is a lot of oxidation and deposited junk on the battery, it neutralizes the acid residue. if you are not sure that about the integrity of your battery, test it or have it tested. symptoms you describe would be consistent with dead battery. if battery is good and posts and case are clean, then make sure the wires that carry power to the starter and the ground from battery to frame are good. visually inspect both wires, look for frayed spots, breaks in insulation, oxidation at connectors, stuff like that. you can do all this while the battery is disconnected, that's a good time to do it if you are going to take connections loose and clean them up. if all that is good then i have to ask why did you replace the solenoid, and maybe why not the starter too. if the car wasn't starting before you did that maybe whatever was preventing it from starting is still preventing it from starting. hope that helps

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