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Feb 20, 2015, 7:51 AM

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Hello , I have a 1998 Lincoln Town Car. I have recently got the battery replaced last night. Before I replaced the battery , I would attempt to start my car up , and wouldn't crank , it would simply shift maybe for a split second , then produce a bunch of tick noises. My dad recommended me to go ahead , and buy a new battery.

We go out , get a new battery , replace the battery , I turn the key , and the car starts fine. Cool , I wake up in the morning , and try to turn the car on , as I am switching the key to engine on , the car will continue to sound like it is trying to roar up , and maybe almost crank , but will always fail. I've tried to leave the key to KEY ON ENGINE OFF for 20 seconds , leave the key completely off for another 20 seconds , then try to start it up again. I've double checked all connections , and it seems like everything is connected properly. I highly doubt a brand new battery would be defective . Do mind it is currently 19 degrees , not that I know that would have anything to do with it.

Tom Greenleaf
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Feb 20, 2015, 8:14 AM

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Gotta clear up what you mean by almost do what? Does the engine crank at a normal speed at all or just clicks or a rapid fire of clicking. What does it would simply "shift" comment mean?

OK - It's cold to you but that isn't even close to cold for many. Cars still start well below zero F. Not wind chill - real temperature.

It aggravates everything just plain cold like you have and you don't really know if battery is good or not yet and there are plenty of bad ones and most require charging even when new before you install them but should work and car should charge it anyway if things are good with charging.

The cable ends at the battery and at starter and engine block must also be good. Think this starter exposes connections to too much road spray - more than most and a trouble spot.

Before we get too far is the engine actually cranking as in it's turning it, belts move or just making noises?


Hammer Time
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Feb 20, 2015, 8:27 AM

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Don't waste your time trying to reset the security system. That only works on GM Passlock, never on a Ford.


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