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When I start my car,it acts as if everything is normal,but then this loud,obnixous motorcycle or helicopter noise and the engine shakes. I tried to drive it to Auto Zone to check the engine but it dies. I dont believe its a battery issue because lights,phone charger and radio works..I have fluids(i know it needs more brake fluid but i dont think brake fluid would cause this issue)but I dont have a clue what it could be.

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  • Alex Black
    Alex Black Feb 10, 2014

    the noise is coming from underneath the sounds like the engine is knocking but it runs fine aside from it shutting off..

  • Alex Black
    Alex Black Feb 10, 2014

    but everytime the car cuts off it starts right back up....the belts are moving like they are suppose to...

  • Bob MacDonald
    Bob MacDonald Feb 10, 2014

    This could be a fuel delivery problem, or it could be a sensor, or it could be a lack of compression.

  • Bob MacDonald
    Bob MacDonald Feb 10, 2014

    This could be a fuel delivery problem, or it could be a sensor, or it could be a lack of compression.

  • Bob MacDonald
    Bob MacDonald Feb 10, 2014

    I've always believed in the idea of investigating/eliminating the most common causes for things like this (fouled plugs, clogged injectors, bad fuel filter, failing fuel pump, etc.). The OBD scanner should at least point you in the right direction.


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Try taking polybelt out sounds like something is worn or seized

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Get it to an auto parts store and borrow their OBD reader. That's step #1.

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SOURCE: break light and odd noise,

For problem #1 the sable has a sensor inside the cylinder(called fluid level indicator) to activate the brake light when the fluid level is low. in the 96 Sable, mercury had a recall for these cars regarding the brake light not functioning right
On problem 2, you did not specify if the noise came from the wheel area or directly under the car.

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SOURCE: roaring loud noise will come on while in drive with my 1999 couga

leaking seal on vacum booster where rod from brake pedal enters. will go away until it gets severe

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SOURCE: 2001 mercury cougar yellow low fluid light on dash stays on

Go to this website and pick owner guide in the left task bar.Input your vehicle info then pick get owner guide.The you can download a complete copy of the owners manual.

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SOURCE: '00 Mercury Cougar Wont get out of Park. gear shifter is stuck

sounds like your brake/shift interlock solenoid is not releasing.
Your owner manual will tell you how to bypass in emergency.
Check your fuse first. fuse panel on instrument panel.

Please rate as fixed if this helps.

Fuse 23 - 1 5 amp
Fuse 34 - 7 1/2 amp

check enigne light not related.

The selector lever lock can be moved mechanically out of position ”P" when for example the battery is disconnected or completely discharged.
Using a ball point pen or similar item as an unlocking lever, push forward and hold in position.

Move the selector lever out of position "P".

NOTE: If the selector lever is moved back to ”P" it is re-locked.

Selector Lever Lock


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SOURCE: the check gage light is

If the engine is not knocking or rattling when this is happening, you most likely have a bad oil pressure sending unit.

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