Question about 1988 Mercury Cougar

2 Answers

I have a 1988 Mercury Cougar and for some reason even though the Ignition is off it keeps pulling down my battery

Posted by on

2 Answers

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert that has over 500 points.

  • Expert
  • 317 Answers

A dirty battery will draw amps. Clean terminals, posts and top of battery. Check acid level in battery. Fill with distilled water if necessary. Could have a bad cell. Follow advice by graybeard in the first answer.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Master
  • 352 Answers

Something is grounded. It could be a wire with worn insulation or maybe a cigar lighter.

  1. Charge the battery.
  2. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  3. Connect a 12 V test lamp between the battery cable and the negative battery post. The light should become bright.
  4. Remove fuses one at a time and see if the test light turns off. (If not replace the fuse.)
  5. Once you find out which circuit is a fault you can continue using the test lamp to isolating the bad component.

God luck.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015

1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

My 1988 mercury cougar xr 7 won t run cold

Bad coolant temp sensor, ignition weak, some engines have a cold start injector but not sure if yours does.

Jan 22, 2015 | 1988 Mercury Cougar

1 Answer

Ignition cylinder spins freely, even though the switch is stuck in accessory position. I'm pretty sure this is a cylinder issue, but cannot push what I believe to be the cylinder release pin to pull the...

If the cylinder spins freely then you should be able to move it to the accessory or run position and push the lock in to remove the cylinder. I have also had to drill the release pin out of the cylinder.

Jan 27, 2011 | 1994 Mercury Cougar

2 Answers

Mercury Cougar 88 troubleshooting

More then likely it's the ignition control module, set's on side on your ignition distributor.

Feb 12, 2010 | 1988 Mercury Cougar

2 Answers


chekc your fusable lnks that go to the starter solenoid and battery even though they may not look phsycally broken or burnt most times they seperate internally so check voltage at both ends of the fuse links

Jan 14, 2010 | 1999 Mercury Cougar

2 Answers

2000 Mercury Cougar stalls or will not start in

put a blow dryer on the distributaor cap and spark plug wires. somehow moisture is getting under your cap. it should start almost immediatly after you start drying it with your blow dryer

Nov 12, 2009 | 2000 Mercury Cougar

1 Answer

2002 Mercury Cougar with bad computer

it would probably cost around the 518 to get it reconditioned

Aug 30, 2009 | 1988 Buick Century

2 Answers

Fuse box

It is located under the steering column to the left under a panel.

Feb 04, 2009 | 1988 Mercury Cougar

Not finding what you are looking for?
Cars & Trucks Logo

43 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Mercury Experts


Level 3 Expert

75822 Answers


Level 3 Expert

5501 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22156 Answers

Are you a Mercury Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides