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I'm trying to sell a 1986 Lincoln Mark VII that is in my uncle's estate. The car is in California and I'm in Missouri. They neighbor has worked on it some for me. He says it will start up but if you turn it off it won't start again until the next day. It sounds like it's an electronic thing to me. He has done a "tune-up". Could it be one of the relays? What can I tell Eddie to try?

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  • gwalkerck Mar 28, 2011

    With all respect to the previous expert..
    It isn't the battery. The car will start and run the first time, but if you turn it off and try to start it again right away, it won't start again. It will start again if you wait until the next day.

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There was a fairly common problem with both the fuel pump relays and ignition modules on these cars. I would try a new fuel pump relay first as they are pretty cheap and easy to replace. There should be an underhood relay box that holds it.

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Hi

There are number of factors behind this problem, the fuel delivery system, fuel tank and electrical system may be contributing to the issue.

Ensure that your car is in the P or Park position, if it is an automatic transmission. If necessary, place it in park and try starting the car again.Ensure that the clutch pedal on your car is fully depressed when starting, if it is a manual transmission. Press the clutch pedal all the way to the floor and hold it there while trying to start the car again.

Check if the engine is cranking at normal speed when you turn the ignition key. If the engine makes a growling noise and sounds as though it is going to start when you turn the key, the engine is cranking normally. Ensure that you have enough fuel in the tank. It's possible that the fuel gauge may be stuck or broken. If you have fuel in the tank, take your car to a technician. The fuel might not be making it into the engine due to a bad fuel pump or clogged fuel filter. Wait an hour or so and attempt to start it again, then have a technician replace the relay. Also, the ignition system may have a problem, such as the coil or distributor cap, or the timing belt or compression may be off.

Determine if the engine is cranking at a slow speed when you turn the ignition key. If you hear the growling noise but it is slow, with a second or so between cranks, the engine is cranking slowly. The battery may have a low charge. Try turning on the windshield wipers with the ignition key in the "On" position. If the wipers move but at a slower rate than normal, the battery may be low. You can try jumpstarting the car using jumper cables or taking the battery into an auto parts store that can recharge the battery. If the battery is not low on power, take your car to a technician. The starter motor may be going bad or you could have internal engine problems.

Determine if the engine does not crank but only makes a clicking sound when you turn the ignition key. If you hear a clicking sound, the battery may have a low charge. Turn on the windshield wipers with the ignition key in the "On" position. If the wipers move but at a slow rate, the battery may be low. Try jumpstarting the car using jumper cables or taking the battery into an auto parts store that can recharge the battery. If the battery is not low on power, take your car to a technician. The starter motor or a part of the starter system may have failed. Determine if the engine does nothing at all when you turn the ignition key. Turn on the radio or the lights. If they don't turn on, the battery may be at fault. You can try jumpstarting the car using jumper cables or recharging the battery at a qualified auto parts store. If the battery is OK, you should take your car to a technician. The ignition switch, starter electrical system or starter motor may have failed.


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