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My 99 cougar died while driving. all instruments still on in the car. It wonts crank. it uses a security key. I think it might need a security reset. not sure. is there a way to get fault codes.

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  • Jonathan Apr 06, 2011

    that didnt work. any other suggestions?

  • Jonathan Apr 06, 2011

    that didnt work. any other suggestions?

  • Jonathan Apr 06, 2011

    i was driving down the street. i was going 20km per hour when the car shut off by itself. all the instruments and stereo were still on.i waited for an hour before i trried to start again and it didnt start,crank or click. i towed it to the mechanic and he said that the starter and altenator are fine and seems to be a problem with the security features(key).i tried disconnecting the battery then reconnecting. it still wont start.

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You can retrieve and read the trouble codes from your Cougar right from your home garage. All you need is an OBD I code reader. The Mercury Villager was a minivan produced by Ford Motor Company from 1993 to 2002. It has an On-Board Diagnostics first-generation computer (OBD I) that receives and stores trouble codes sent to it from sensors positioned throughout the vehicle. When the computer receives one of these codes, it alerts you to the situation by illuminating a warning light on the instrument panel.

1. Put the key into the ignition and turn it "On," but don't start the engine.
2. Plug the OBD I code reader into the diagnostic port located on the driver's dashboard underneath the steering column.
3. Turn the code reader on and wait for it to interface with the computer. Select the "Read Codes" command from the menu on the code reader.
4. Write down the codes it displays on a piece of paper. Look up the meaning of the codes in the code reader manual.
5. Unplug the code reader from the dashboard and turn off the vehicle. Have your car serviced or repaired based on the information obtained from the codes.


About procedure to disarm the theft or security, I suggest check in this link the Cougar Owners Manual.

Hope helps.

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Try to unplug the terminal of the battery and let it sit for coupl of minutes. Put the terminal back to the battery and try to start the engine.

Please let me know if you need further assistance.

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Posted on Apr 05, 2011

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    Jose Cada Apr 06, 2011

    if this is a sceurity problem, the light indicator for your security alarm should lit up. Could you check if you have the alarm light lit up?

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