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Hi, my daughter has a '96 Mercury Sable. It has a new battery (within last six months) but has occasionally been dead. I've checked the terminals, charged the battery, pulled lights in trunk... I think it may be a sticking switch on one of the doors. Can I just pull a fuse (and if so, which one) to fix this or do I have to go to the trouble of pulling the door panel off? Or could something else be going on? Being a teenagers school car, I don't want to go into too much expense. Thanks for any help you can give. C & R Schlatter

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Remove the ecm fuse, disconnect the battery neg cale and bridge it with a test light, if the light stays on there is a closed ciircuit in the car, pull fuses one at a time to find the circuit, then you know where to search

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3. Within 20 seconds, press any button on second keyless remote. Door locks will
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4. Turn ignition to OFF. Locks will again cycle to indicate end of programming mode.

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