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Old 07-07-2005, 11:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My 2002 Merc Sable LS Prem with @ 80K mi will not start. No indications of problem before yesterday, parked car, later tried to start and some of the dummy lights in the instrument cluster waivered, there was a clicking from next to the battery this is where:

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It is one or the other of the white items that is clicking.


The starter does not engage, I have tapped it with a hammer several times before trying again and got nothing, also checked electrical connections.

What could it be, the starter, starter relay, battery? As I am adding a new sound system soon, I will take the opportunity to install a new battery any way.

Other considerations: It has been hot here lately, 90's + so air has been running and lots of small trips. Ran out of fuel a week or so ago, followed the procedure to start the fuel pump, still took some time to get started, starter gave no problems at that time it just got alot of use, just fuel to engine problem, have changed fuel filter since.

I need help. Thanks in advance for any help, suggestions or explanations you offer.

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Old 07-07-2005, 12:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Easiest thing is to try and jump start the car. If the starter still won't catch, then it's probably something with the starter. If the car starts, then it is probably the battery.
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Old 07-07-2005, 12:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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When I had the Sable I had a problem similar to the one you are having right now. At that time I replaced the Started motor and had a new battery. My problem was that the started motor cable that connects to it was becoming loose almost the whole time. Some of the symptoms I had was that when I was going to turn on the engine, it used to give me a click noise and all the dome lights were going off as it seemed it was a dead battery but it wasn't. Check the cable that connects to the starter motor because sometimes when you hit a pothole it might become a little loose. Hope this helps you out.

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The clicking you hear is the white starter relay. Either there is not enough voltage in the battery to pull in the starter solenoid or the cables are bad or loose between the starter and the battery.
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As I already tried to jump the car as well as charge the battery, the trickle charger said it had a full charge, I assumed it was not the battery and was either the starter or the relay.

I popped in a new Sears Diehard Gold North battery and what happens? She started right up! An $80 battery is better than a new Bosch starter north of $200.

Thanks for your perspective guys, I will consult this resource in future.
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