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Car wouldn't start bought new battery, replaced the alternator, put new terminals, and it still wont start not even clicks

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Why did you replace an alternator on a vehicle that won't start??? The engine has to be running to test the alternator to even see if it needs to be replaced! Sounds like you replaced everything related to the starter but the most likely cause of the problem...the starter motor. You could also have a bad neutral safety switch or a bad ignition switch. What you need to do is to have your starting system diagnosed before wasting any more money guessing.

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Double check that your battery is fully charged. If it is then I would suspect two other things that will prevent you from starting. First would be the ignition switch itself, second would be the neutral safety switch. That switch is mounted in the steering column if your PRNDL is mounted on your steering column. If your gear selector is mounted on the floor then the switch will be in that console next to the gear shift but you will have to take the console off to see it. I would definitely check both of these items if your sure the battery is fully charged.

I hope this helps you out.

Posted on Apr 01, 2011

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    dttech Apr 01, 2011

    Just thought I'd mention that the PRNDL switch on a 1998 Ford Contour is mounted on the transmission housing under the shift lever that attaches to the cable.

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