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Hey all.... My cougar has recently started pausing just before the engine will crank, but only when cold and has been sitting for a day or more. I turn the key - no noise - then about a second later it cranks over just fine.

I have no other symptoms and have a fairly new battery(less then 2 years) and alternator (6 months).

I read the tech article and it says a similar symptoms but only when hot. The car does not have a problem starting when warmed up.

My only other thought is the ignition switch.....
 

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Thats how mine started out and then It got worse to the point of not doing anything.

I would have to keep hitting the start position to get it to start..

I got a new one off ebay and solved the problem..
 

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On my 96 that was what starterd happening. If I got out of the car and smacked the starter solenoid with a hammer it would start.

Replaced the starter and all was well.

Diagnosis by BFH. LOL

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not enough stars though:confused:
but my starters acting up the same way. i brought it to Part Source and they checked her and told me she's still good. good news can be bad news sometimes.:rolleyes:
 

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not enough stars though:confused:
but my starters acting up the same way. i brought it to Part Source and they checked her and told me she's still good. good news can be bad news sometimes.:rolleyes:
Mine would work fine on the bench. It still does actually.

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Mine has been doing this for over 7 years. Ford has a TSB on this. It has to do with a corroded starter solenoid wire plug. They have a "patch" fix for this. It's basically a piece wire with a new greased plug to prevent corrosion. I bought one about 5 years ago, but ended up using it on the crown vic before I had a chance to install it on the bird. Some days the pause is as long as 3-4 seconds.

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Try this:

Bulletin #: BC8899950401
Sequence #: 39872
Date: 04/01/1995
Component Name: 113100 electrical system:starter assembly:solenoid
Make: Mercury
Model: Cougar
Year: 1994
Summary: Vehicles may exhibit a no crank or intermittent no crank concern due to moisture freeze up in the starter solenoid.

Also:

Bulletin #: BC2966950401
Sequence #: 39850

points to the same thing with the same date, but has different bulletin and sequence numbers.
Hope this helps.

Jim
 

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Something else to keep in mind is the ground path back to the battery. The factory ground cables weren't all that great when they were new, not to mention 11+ years later.

 

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I've had to wait as long as 20 sec. holding the key in the start position. It seemed easier then replacing the starte, Is there a thread on replacing the starter?
 

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It's pretty self explanatory, and will make sense once you're under the car. The only issue you may have to deal with is the top bolt (if still present). It is a pain to get to, and most people end up not reinstalling it.
 

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The starter solenoid is now on the starter correct? Not up near the battery like on the older cars?
 

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Yep.
 

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It's pretty self explanatory, and will make sense once you're under the car. The only issue you may have to deal with is the top bolt (if still present). It is a pain to get to, and most people end up not reinstalling it.
Yup, it IS a P.I.T.A. and nope, mine is NOT installed after removal. I didn't have the patience for struggling with re-installing the top bolt (especially since my hands get stuck). Car still starts every time without it.
 
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