1990 Lincoln Continental wont start

Tiny
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  • 1990 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 87,865 MILES
Replaced the battery one year ago, car will not start.
checked usual stuff, battery fully charged, power to solenoid, replaced positive cabel, when hitting the ignition I dont even get a click, but can hear starter solenoid working, tried starting in park and neutral, even went as far as installing new solenoid, same result, no start and will not even crank over.

Whats left? Replacing the starter?
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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 AT 8:46 AM

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Tiny
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I dont even get a click, but can hear starter solenoid working,

The above phrase was in your post. I'm not sure I understand? There is a starter relay underhood, driverside fender-well. There is a starter solenoid mounted to the starter, not sure what you replaced?

Is there a theft system on your vehicle? With the key in the crank position, can you tell if there is a load on the starter? Turn on headlites, turn key to crank, any reaction from the lites?

Can you check voltage at the starter field terminal?
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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 AT 9:38 AM
Tiny
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Thank you jdl123 for your response,
I replaced the solenoid under the hood next to the battery. I can hear the starter solenoid, if I have that right, its where the fins come out to start but can not hear the starter rotate, I have enough juice at that point going to the starter that if I touch a wrench on the hot side of the starter to the frame I think I could weld.
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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 AT 10:10 AM
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The part under the hood is called a starter relay. The part mounted to the starter is called a solenoid. I'm just trying to keep from getting confused. Have you done any testing at the solenoid/ starter? Black wire should be hot, key in the crank position. I'm not talking about the positive battery cable.
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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 AT 10:26 AM
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I appreciate your clearification on the solenoid and the relay, I replaced the relay then and I will try and test the black wire on the starter solenoid which is on top of the starter. My question is how do I do that. I have an ohm meter and an electrical tester.
What should I be looking for in terms of amps or whatever measurement I need?
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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 AT 12:45 PM
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A testlite will show you if the circuit is hot. The key needs to be in the crank position.
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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 AT 12:55 PM
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I will try this tonight when I get home from work around 6 pm central time.
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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 AT 1:07 PM
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Sorry to intervene, I was reading all of your Posts on this subject. I have been having a similar problem. I have a question to all the participants, in regards to this subject. My '90-Continental has a similar problem, it just started recently. I have replaced with the last 3 weeks, the Alternator, the Voltage Regulator, and the Battery. All were tested as faulty.
But, this problem started Thursday (06/04/2009), when I noticed that after driving awhile, after the car is warm, it would not start immediately, or Crank. The Dashboard lights up, but there is no Crank (turn-over), it is hard to determine whether the Starter is engaging, or whether any relay has been energized. But, after a few minutes, or an hour, the car will start without any problem; there is no specific time limit. It starts fine when the car is cold, but all indications show, that the problem only appears after the car has warmed up. My question is this: is the problem with the Start Relay, or a Starter Relay, or a Starter Interrupt Relay, or some other unit that Ford has failed to identify, or calls something else? I only have a Chilton manual; it does not have a thorough schematic of the engine bay components.
Is the Starter relay, the unit located near the battery, that has a cylindrical shape body, and has cables from the battery, and other devices attached to it.
What other relays could affect, or contribute to this problem. I would appreciate any feedback, and advise.
Ps: I can crank the car up in Neutral w/o any problem, when it does crank. Is there other Relays that are mounted in hidden places, such as in the Inner fender well, that I should be aware of? I suspect that my problem is with in this area of operation, my vehicle is not equipped with an anti-theft device, so that is ruled out. It could be a PCM Relay, but I am not sure if this model year is equipped with such a device. Anyone have any schematics, or layout of engine bay.
Thank You in Advance. == Alfredo
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Saturday, June 6th, 2009 AT 5:08 AM
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Hi, my wiring info for your model year is limited. It says the relay is located on left fender apron. The wiring colors show to be black--red with lite green tracer-- red--red, the wiring colors should tell you if your looking at the proper relay.

You need to do the testing when the problem occurs, you can unplug relay, then, with the key in the crank position, see if there are two hot terminals at the connector.

Also, if it always starts with the key in neutral, you might suspect the neutral switch?
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Saturday, June 6th, 2009 AT 9:20 AM

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