My Mountaineer is a V6 2WD with 117k on it. A couple weeks ago my wife left the key turned with the radio on and drained the battery. We were able to jump it just fine and the car started ok for a day or so. We had the battery and alternator tested, and they were good, so I cleaned the battery cables and checked to make sure solid connections were being made to the starter and alternator. Occasionally I will hear a click from the relay and other times the starter turns very slowly when trying to start the car. The only way we have been able to start the car is to pump the gas pedal a few times while turning the key and it will start, and run just fine. No engine lights or anything else that is strange while the car is running. I am going on a road trip next weekend and would rather not have to take it in and have the electrical diagnosed. I am thinking I have a short somewhere or a bad relay or fuse (which I have checked). Any suggestions or help would be appreciated! Thanks!
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 AT 3:48 PM