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The starter does not engage, just a click, and then the power is gone completely for an hour. but it does return. The starter is new.

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I'm not sure what Mercury you have, but I would check the starter solenoid, also check the battery cables to see if they are tight and clean connections. I would also check the battery cables for high resistance.

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