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1995 Mercury Sable will not start

My battery is new, tested and fully charged. The interior lights burn brightly when doors opened. Initially the click, click, click sounded when the key was turned. Now, there is very little to no noise when turning the key. I've tapped the solenoid up near the battery, against the fender; attempting to start produced nothing. Is there anything, I, a 64-yr old woman can do? I consider myself fairly good with tools, and mechanically skilled and definitely would like to at least trace what the problem might be before seeking a mechanic"s help if it turns out the starter needs to be replaced. I understand there is is an ignition switch or relay switch that could also be bad. However, I cannot find that yet although I read it is up against the firewall. I took the cover off the fuse box but have not pulled any to test. Should I do that? I do have a test meter but do not know where to start trouble-shooting. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for any guidance! Kay

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If the starter is the original, I would suspect it needs replacement.

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SOURCE: cant find fender, or firewall mounted starting solenoid

Follow the thick wire from the starter's solenoid, back to the battery, if there is a unit with 2 connections (inline with the wire) then thats the second solenoid.

Posted on May 28, 2009

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Bad/malfunctioning relay. Let me know if you want to work on this.

Posted on Jun 01, 2009

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Check the fusible link between the battery and the fuse box under the hood. Just follow the positive battery cable towards the fuse box where it looks like there's a cable going in and a cable coming out. the cover slides up to access the fusible link. take off the two nuts with a 1/2 inch wrench, pull the cables off and remove the link. It should be marked as a 175 amp fuse. Run to the auto parts store to buy a replacement. reinstall. Good luck.

Posted on Jun 25, 2011

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Check all wires running to battery. Check the battery ground(black) cable for sure. Make sure it is getting a good ground. If necessary unbolt the ground and clean up with a wire brush or wheel.

Posted on Jul 01, 2011

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SOURCE: I have a mercury sable 2001 and it was running

Very likely its the starter solenoid

Posted on May 02, 2012

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Brand new battery or not, from what you describe, it is clearly flat.

Only 2 possibilities here. Either the new battery you bought is defective (Its very rare, but it hapens) or the charging system on your vehicle is faulty and the battery isn't getting recharged.

If you have a volt meter, then test the battery when the engine is running and see what the voltage is, if it's as poorly charged as you have described, the voltage should drop slightly when you turn the engine off.

A very easy test of the charging system if you can't find a volt meter is to sit in the car with the door open, start the engine and watch the interior light as you turn on every electrical system in the car. If the interior light dims then you have a charging problem.

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