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2001 Mercury Mountaineer won't start

I have a 2001 Mercury Mountaineer that won't start. I don't believe it's the battery because the radio, windows, sunroof, headlights, and all other electrical gadgets work just fine. When I turn the key, it makes the sound of the truck about to start but quickly goes to a clicking noise. This happens every time I turn the key. I think it might be the starter or starter solenoid. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Have a load test done on the battery. If it checks out good, take a voltmeter to the battery and have an assistant rotate the engine. If you see more than a 2 volt drop when the car is being started, the starter is heading south.

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There could be other mechanical problems but I would suggest the battery is dead to the extent of replacing. It dosen't take too much to run most electrical components but starting the car is the biggest challenge to the battery. Try jump starting the car. If that works let the car run for about 10 mins, turn it off wait 10 seconds. Try to start the car again, if it dosent start then the battery is useless or your alternator is bad.
If you have an indicator on the dash that displays the battery voltage can help too. 'Normal' is normally normal if it's in the middle or 3/4 full of the highest 'normal' area, but that's not a constant and only applies to the voltage meter.

Tip: Your headlights normally get brighter after you start your car.

Posted on Jul 02, 2008

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