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What could be wrong with a 1993 Mercury Topaz 4-cyl that just clicks when you try to start it with no loss of battery power?


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2008-11-10 13:08:39
2008-11-10 13:08:39

Have someone that you know that knows about cars check the starter cellanoid.

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Check for a weak or dead battery Check for loose or corroded battery cables Could be a seized engine Could be a bad starter or bad starter solenoid

If the battery is bad, you may only hear clicks. It could be the starter, but I would check the charge on the battery first.

Idle could possibly be too low.

starter, solonoid, ignition, battery. if it clicks when you turn the key then the battery is really dead or its the starter the battery could still be jumped if its the battery.

jump start the car and get a new battery and if it isn't the battery it could be the alternator or both, but try a new battery first

It could be, a dead battery, loose or dirty battery connections, a faulty starter,

There is a circuit breaker thaich could be bad.

The battery could be (almost) dead, or a battery cable could be lose. I would start by verying these. Also could be: Seized engine Bad starter Bad starter solenoid

How is your battery ? Try a battery charger , battery jumpstarter pack , or a battery boost and see if it starts . ( also, it could be a battery cable connection )

There could be multiple things. FIrst check and see if your battery is bad, if not then take your starter off and get that checked and if that's not bad then its in your ignition system which none of the above is too expensive to fix.

the battery could have a dead cell, this could cause it to not charge. Have the battery tested to be sure.

Something loose? Exhaust pipe rattling/hitting on something? You'll have search it out.

Check your battery first, its terminal connection and connection leading to the starter.

Could be, the engine is seized, the starter is bad, dirty or loose battery connections, battery in vehicle being jumped is stone dead.

It could very well mean your battery is dead. A good suggestion is to try another battery which is known to be good and/or carefully try to jumpstart the vehicle with jumper cables and another battery.

Only the 2.3L HSC Inline 4 will fit in the 1986 Mercury Topaz. If everything in the engine bay were gutted, perhaps something larger such as a 3.0L V6 from a 1992-1994 model MIGHT fit but it would require a complete running 92-94 Ford Tempo or Mercury Topaz with the V6 engine as a donor car (and, if you could find such a car, it would be more worth your time/money to invest in it v.s. a 1986 model). The automatic transmission from a Taurus WILL NOT WORK in a Tempo/Topaz.

Proper battery connections could be at fault, how old is your battery? Check for loose and corroded terminals on your battery and starter connections. Also the starter might just be bad.

It could be 1 of 4 things. 1.Bad solenoid, 2. Discharged battery, 3. bad battery connections,4. bad connections at the solenoid.

If the starter clicks, but doesn't start the car, that indicates that the starter solenoid is working, but the commutator that actually spins the engine is not. Take the starter back and have it tested. The battery could also be at fault. If the battery doesn't supply enough power you'll get the same result. check the battery voltage first should be 12.6 volts if not jump the battery see if it starts.if it does bad battery.

If your 1997 Mercury Tracer has a battery light that blinks on and off while the car is running, it most likely means that the battery is not charging. This could be an issue with your alternator.

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