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I have a 2001 mecury cougar and the battery died so i changed oiut the alternator, and its still not holding a charge, could it be the soloynid or the starter perhaps?

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Could be battery. Have it checked. If ok check for electric current mil amp leak down slowly drawing down your battery

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