Having problems with your 1997 Mercury Sable ?

Have battery but engine wont turn over

\015 Have lots of battery/ fluids ect. but engine wont turn ove, you turn the key an it just goes click.\015 Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 24-04-2017

Answers :

1.Do the headlights come on? Are they as bright as they should be? No? Check the battery cables, and connections. A corroded battery cable terminal end, and battery terminal will cause this. (Even side post batteries have a terminal. It's just a flat area with a threaded hole) Side post batteries are notorious for acid leaking out of the side post area, and corroding the connections. (I change everyone of my vehicles to use a Top Post battery)

2.Battery terminals and battery terminal ends clean? Battery cables good? Then it's the starter solenoid, or the starter itself.

Inside the starter solenoid, (Mounted to the starter. It's that cylindrical looking object on top of the starter), are contacts. These can burn, and wear out over time.

Inside the starter are brushes. The starter is just an electrical motor. The brushes wear down over time, and do not make contact anymore.

If somehow this is the original starter, and starter solenoid, consider yourself LUCKY! It has seen it's use, and is well past time to be changed.
It sounds like the starter or starter solenoid. Make sure all battery connections are clean and tight. Sometimes if you peck on the starter housing with a rubber mallett or piece of broom handle, it will free up if it is stuck, but other than that the starter or solenoid will have to be replaced. Hope this helped. Good luck.
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