2004 MERCURY SABLE WON'T START

  • Tiny
  • storm171977
  • 2004 Mercury Sable
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • 160,000 miles

2004 Mercury sable won't start. It'll crank but won't start. I had just got gas, it started but died in wal-mart parking lot. I left it for about an hour, it started up but didn't stay running long at all. I got maybe a couple parking rows and it died and wouldn't fire again. Car will crank, just won't start.

Sunday, June 19th, 2011 AT 5:59 PM

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  • CJ MEDEVAC
  • Expert
  • 9,008 posts

Does it even try?

Remember to watch out for those PESKY MOVING ENGINE PARTS!!!--A FIRE EXTINGUISHER SHOULD BE HANDY TOO!

While it does nothing

Check for spark---Pull a plug wire off of a plug--stick something metal, such as a small nail, in beside the metal connector inside the boot---then hold it 1/4 inch from metal on the engine---have someone crank the car over several times---do you have a "Snapping" Spark, jumping from the nail to the engine???.....If not this may be an ignition problem.

Maybe put your plug wire back and try this:

If you can remove the big hose, or snorkel, from the throttle body---give a 2 second blast of "Starter Fluid" into the throttle body---then have some one attempt to start.....Does it start/ or try to? Might be a "lack of fuel issue"

These tests might aid us in knowing which direction to go, to search for a fix.

Detailed info from you is a plus!

Not too long ago, I got a quart of water, during a fill up! (This may not be your problem) It was real fun, getting it out!

Here's some additional info from our site:

http://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-cranks-but-wont-start

Others may jump in and help

Your turn

The Medic

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Sunday, June 19th, 2011 AT 6:30 PM

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