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Cannot find starter on 2000 Mercury cougar slow crank won't

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Cannot find starter on 2000 Mercury cougar slow crank won't start
JA: Does the engine turn over? How old is the battery?
Customer: Remove the battery and have it tested it's good
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Test battery clean connections the cables to battery get hot when cranking turns over slow
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: No have it sold all I have to do is start at one more time
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mercury
Expert:  George H. replied 1 year ago.

Hello I will help,

This is the 2.5 or the 2.0 engine?

Do you have a voltmeter?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
2.5 v6 no voltmeter
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Took battery to part store it checked out good
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Slow turnover and the cables heating up should indicate for connections or poor starter can't find starter need to know it's approximately location
Expert:  George H. replied 1 year ago.

OK, it may be the starter. If you follow the large positive cable to the passenger (right) side of the engine and you will end up at the starter. It is buried so some testing is needed to see if it is the problem and that will take a voltmeter. If you want to get one (about $20) I can help you check the circuit.

Click here for procedure to remove the starter.

Let me know how I can help