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How Do I Troubleshoot The Alternator On My 1998 Mercury Villager??

I Was Out Driving Back Home About 6 Nights Ago. All Of A Sudden, The Engine Just Shut Off Without Any Kind of Warning. It Was Like...Somebody Turned The Ignition Switch Down To The Accessory Mode. All Of My Warning(Red & Yellow) Warning Lights On My Instrument Panel Came. I Had Power To My Interior/Exterior Lights, Stereo, A/C. Before Working On It, I Tried Starting It, Just Makes One "Click" Sound Every Time. I Pulled The Starter, Tested It By Jumping It Directly...The "Bendix(Cylinder)" Does Spin Perfect, Like The Starter Is Good. My Battery Tested 100% Good, I Even Installed Brand New Battery Cables & Clamps!! But...Is The Cylinder Supposed To Slide In To The Crank Shaft, In Order To Make The Engine To Kick Over. Before I Started On Working It, I Tried To See & Hope It Would Turn, It Still WOULD NOT Do Anything At All. I Am Needing Some Major Help, Advice, WHATEVER. Could It Possibly Be An Alternator Issue??? I Really Hope So, Or Just Any Simple, Cheap Fix. Because, I'm Really Running Out of Patience, Ideas, And Possible Solution!!! PLEASE & GREATLY APPRECIATED FOR ANY HELP SUGGESTED!!

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The bendix [cylinder ] you talk about should spin out to conntact the starter ring on the flywheel .If it is not then the starter moter wants checking out at the garage The bendix should be on the shaft closer to the starter motor,not on the end that is the end of the stroke . But some starters pull in to the starter ring and have to be installed by lifting over the starter ring on installing it .Pull in type starter motor will have the gears on the inside of bendix .[cylinder] And throw out type will have the gear on the end of the bendix [cylinder] hope i have not confused you .

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SOURCE: New charged battery in 2004 Mountaineer, but it won't start.

check the fuse

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SOURCE: 2001 Mercury Cougar, won't turn over

This will sound stupid but check to make sure all the bulbs, yes I said bulbs, as in brake and turn signals are the correct bulb. No kidding. I fought a problem like this in my shop for a week on a mustang. It had a wrong brake light bulb. Just a idea. See if it will start by jumping the 2 posts on the starter solenoid under the hood on the inner fender. It has two battery cables going to it. use 2 heavy screw drivers to do this. Do not tough the metal of teh screw drivers. The solenoid could also be bad.

Posted on Feb 13, 2009


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SOURCE: 95 Mercury Villager will not start

check/replace the starter relay switch in the relay box under the hood. The relay box is located on the front right of the engine compartment. easy fix, inexpensive part if that is the problem.

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SOURCE: My 1998 Mercury villager van 6 cylinder 3.0eng keeps cutting off

it could be faulty fuel pump or coil pack transistor.

Posted on Dec 10, 2009


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SOURCE: 1995 mercury villager will not start i turn the

mcdevito75 her, My immediate thought is a dead or weak battery, but it could be a bad starter also, here"s what to do, inside the car turn the key 1 notch to the on position, note the dash lights, now turn the key to start and note the dash lights again, do they go dim?? if they do you most likely have a weak battery, if the dash lights do not dim, open the door so the interior light comes on, any interior light, try to start the car, if the interoir light dims, you have a weak battery, if it does not dim with the key all the way to start, check and clean the battery connections, and suspect a bad starter. Any electrical appliance can go bad very quickly. Also if the battery is2 years old, replace it.

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