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1999 cougar shut down while driving no will not start

I was driving, no problems what so ever, then the car just shut off. I coasted to the side of the road, all lights and radio stayed on. I turned the key off and tried to start the car,,, nothing,,, just a sound like air kind or a fan sound in the motor. battery is strong. I havent seen any dimming of lights and the car has always started right up,, as i said no problems so far with the car. Any sugestions?

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If it is cranking but not starting the first step is to check for spark to the plugs and injector pulse to the fuel injectors from the ECM

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SOURCE: Electrical issues with a 1997 Subaru Outback

I believe I can help with the clicking. The parking lights should be flashing Also. Whenever power is lost to the system IE the battery removed, The factory anti theft comes on. It is a small 4" x4" box hooked by steering column under dash. It has a red button you push for a few secounds and that should stop the clicking and flashing.

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SOURCE: 2001 Mercury Cougar, won't turn over

This will sound stupid but check to make sure all the bulbs, yes I said bulbs, as in brake and turn signals are the correct bulb. No kidding. I fought a problem like this in my shop for a week on a mustang. It had a wrong brake light bulb. Just a idea. See if it will start by jumping the 2 posts on the starter solenoid under the hood on the inner fender. It has two battery cables going to it. use 2 heavy screw drivers to do this. Do not tough the metal of teh screw drivers. The solenoid could also be bad.

Posted on Feb 13, 2009

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SOURCE: car won't start!!! & ABS Light on

Sounds like carbon build up on the contacts inside the electrical ignition switch which is not the key cylinder. Its located on the lower steering coluum if coluum shift or if you have a floor shift it will be inside the console

Posted on May 29, 2009

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SOURCE: I started the car and it just died. Would not

you may be out of gas or have a bad fuel pump

Posted on Jul 31, 2009

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SOURCE: Car won't turn over. Turn the key, no noise no

My honda had a similar problem, it would not start at all. I checked everything, starter, battery, and even replacing relays, nothing worked. I ended up replacing the ignition switch. this is about a 50.00 part. You will need to remove some of the dash on the driver's side, 4-5 screws on the steering column to expose the switch. there are 2 screws that are visible and one that is hard to reach on the back side, however can be taken out with a small wrench (6 MM I believe). there are two wire harnesses that will need to be removed in order to get to that last screw. then re assemble as you have taken apart. When re assembling the plastic on the steering column, be careful to make sure that you align correctly or you will get a clicking noise every time you turn the wheel. total time period to do this is about 4 hours. Good Luck!

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