2006 Mercury MontereyWhen starting, the vehicle acts as if it has no power or cranks poorly. I can usually get it started after a few seconds, but no matter how much I drive nor how many electrical items I turn off before turning off the vehicle....the problem reappears the next time I go to start it. The problem is more noticable the more time that passes between starts.When this problem occurs and the starter finally engages, I hear a rapid clicking noise from behind the instrument cluster for about 5-10 seconds.Battery and Alternator have been tested and appear to be operating correctly.Ideas? Solenoid maybe? PCM?
Country: United StatesMake: MercuryModel: Monterey LuxuryYear: 2006Engine: 4.2 V6
long drive to ensure charging...still fails
clean battery cables...check
Welcome to JustAnswer, my name is XXXXX XXXXX X'm here to help get your problem resolved. This most likely means the starter is bad, first use a voltmeter to moniter voltage on both wires going to starter they should maintain at least 11v if not check for poor connections. If both wires show at least 11v while trying to start then replace the starter. You can also remove starter and have it tested but a bench test will not be very accurate with this type of symptom. Let me know if you have any questions, thanks.
Where is the starter located on this vehicle?
On drivers side middle of engine, here are replacement instructions with pictures. Let me know if you have questions, thanks.
Does this require any special tools?
If not the starter, what else could cause this type of issue?
No special tools, just your basic socket set will work. If starter is not the problem then its a wiring connection so make sure you have at least 11v on wires going to starter before replacing. Let me know if you have any questions, thanks.
Thanks Dan. Let me check all this out in the morning, and I'll either have more clarification questions, or will close out the question with high ratings. I appreciate your help.
Sounds good, let me know how it goes or if you end up running into questions. You can reply at any time the same way you are now. Thanks again and have a good night.
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