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99 cougar won't start

Slight clicking noise when starting (not like battery dead clicking). Lights full power. Did this 3 months ago and started fine in 3 hours. Suspsecting something with the factory alarm system or a ''chip''.

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  • ramseyma Jun 22, 2009

    From inside car the slight click sounds under dash.

    With hood open can hear slight click but unable to determine exact location.

    Normally can set alarm off by opening trunk with doors locked but now alarm not going off when doing this.

    The engine does not crank at all or attempt to crank.



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Get a breaker bar on the motor and see if you can turn it over by hand.. if not, your engine is seized, if it does turn over, its probably the alarm.

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I am having this problem right now! Same year! The lights and all turn on. When I turn the key, the starter solenoid energizes, as I hear the "click". The battery shows 12.5 volts, and it won't crank off of a jump.

The car started fine 2 days ago before I removed the alternator (battery not charging, new battery, also "new" alternator) for testing. Once it tested good, I was told to try a new battery cable to the alternator. I removed the old, which had a junction block about half way down the cable, and installed the new, which does not. Now I can't get the car to crank, or even try to crank - just clicks. Any help would be appreciated, because the car is not mine and I want to blow it up.

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Is the clicking sound from under the dash or under the hood? Does the engine crank over?

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  • Helperone Jun 22, 2009

    A lot more info is needed to narrow down the cause.

  • Helperone Jun 25, 2009

    Your suspicion about the alarm system is probably right. Without a factory wiring diagram to see what is involved in the alarm system, It will be hard to point to a fix. Can you disable the system manually? Are all the door and other area sensors working properly (try opening and closing all doors,the hood and trunk? Are there any indicators on the dash showing the condition of the alarm system?

  • Jay1123 Sep 08, 2013

    Have you considered the fact the engine might be seized?


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