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:
Click here Sound near battery
Click here Close-up
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.