USING A WIRE TO START MY CAR....NEED HELP FIXING IT.

  • Tiny
  • tiffuhnee
  • 1999 Ford Cougar
  • 6 CYL
  • automatic
  • 178,000 miles

I have a 99 cougar and i got it repaired. its been sitting for 3 years. i can start the car with the key sometimes but there is also times that it wont start and there is a wire connected to the battery. I can touch this other wire with a clip on the end (it actually connects to another clip) and it starts. sorry i cant explain this well since i am not a mechanic haha. could someone help me with this?

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here is a photo. the plugin you see with the white ring around it. i have to take that apart and touch the wire to the inside of it to start it

Friday, July 20th, 2012 AT 1:50 PM

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  • Tiny
  • ASEMaster6371
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What do you jump it to?

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Friday, July 20th, 2012 AT 1:54 PM
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  • tiffuhnee
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I use the battery to jump it when the key is turned on.

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Friday, July 20th, 2012 AT 1:56 PM
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Ok, the white wire end goes where?

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Friday, July 20th, 2012 AT 1:58 PM
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  • tiffuhnee
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Do you see the clip with the white ring around it near the battery cable? I have to unhook that and touch that white wire on the inside of it and it will fire right up.

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Friday, July 20th, 2012 AT 3:36 PM
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Most likely an open circuit between the ignition switch and the starter motor. Could be the switch, neutral safetey switch or wiring.

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Friday, July 20th, 2012 AT 4:12 PM
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  • tiffuhnee
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How would I fix this?

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Saturday, July 21st, 2012 AT 3:45 AM

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