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97 merc mountiner will not start. Batt light came on, guages

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97 merc mountiner will not start. Batt light came on, guages went nuts reading hi , low and everything in between. Checked batt OK, replaced starter, all I get is a click when trying to start it.
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Mercury Mechanic: Roger, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago
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Hello! So were you driving when the battery light came on? What did you use to test the battery and is it an individual click or multiple clicks?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Was driving when the batt light flicked on and off, single test of batt. one click only with all the light going out when holding the key in the start position
Mercury Mechanic: Roger, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

It sounds like a bad connection on the battery or one end of the cables, an individual click under the hood is usually the characteristic of a poor connection. Does it still have the factory cable ends at the battery on it?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
has factory cables, acts like the starter is pulling full power but the starter sinolid (sp) wont engauge
Mercury Mechanic: Roger, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

Have you tried turning the engine over by hand with a long ratchet?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
no
Mercury Mechanic: Roger, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

If it is clicking and you have a known good battery and there is no poor connection its possible the engine is seized. Try turning it by hand.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I will try it tomorrow also wounder if a bad alt could cause the problem/
Mercury Mechanic: Roger, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

It could cause the battery light to illuminate, but it will not cause a no-crank issue

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
What size is the damper pulley bolt?
Mercury Mechanic: Roger, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

I'm not sure off the top of my head but I own a truck with a 5.0 liter, let me take a look and I'll have a good idea. Be back shortly

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Mercury Mechanic: Roger, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

My truck has a 21MM damper bolt, keep in mind however it is possible yours may be different.

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