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My 1995 Mercury Cougar will not start. Only a tick noise can be heard from a fully charge battery. Terminals sometime spark on ignition. Is it likely the started and is it situated on the passenger side at the bottom. How is it installed/removed.

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If I understand you correctly you are referring to the battery cables sparking upon cranking ! If so you need to properly clean your battery cables by removing them and using a battery terminal brush being sure to clean the inside of the cables and the outside of the battery post, then recheck if it starts.If you still are having troubles and want to remove the starter it is located on the passengers side of the car on the bottom and is removed by removing the negative battery cable first from the battery,then remove the wiring ( battery cable at starter and the smaller wire at starter), then there are three bolts retaining the starter. the bolts are situated facing toward the front of the car and one is hard to access (mounted between the starter and the other edge of the block!) Remember when cleaning battery cables always remove the negative battery cable first and leave it off until you have removed cleaned and reinstalled the positive battery cable then reinstall the negative cable .

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Check your batterie's charge with a meter and make sure it is at least 12-13 volts. If so, check your post/side connections on the battery and make sure they are very clean and free of corrosion. Also check the starter connections and if they are good, have someone turn the key while you "tap" on the starter body. If the vehicle starts then, you'll need a replacement starter.

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Your battery clamps need to be clean/and tight-remove them and clean them and the battery posts with a wire brush. If you go to a local auto parts store, the make brushes specifically for this that clean both the posts and the lugs for the battery cables. After cleaning, make sure they are on tight-your description is a bad connection at the battery, not the starter.

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