1998 Mercury Sable failure to turn over or start

Tiny
PHILTRICH
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  • 1998 MERCURY SABLE
  • V12
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 123,000 MILES
Hello, I am trying to assist my mother w/ a recurrent problem: the car will not turn over or start at times. This has happened 3-5 time in the last 9-12 months, for no apparent reason. A couple of time the weather was hot, so I suspected tghe engine was overheated. A couple of other times, though, temps were not high and car hadn't bee driven very far. Could just be idling at a light, or car was turned off for a time & just won't restart. If it sits untouched for 45 mins. To an hour, will then start and run fine for indefinite period, w/ no signs of a proble, until the next (random & unexpected) instance./ She's had it on dignostic machine twice, and they cannot identifly the cause. If you have any suggestions or solution to this perplexing problem, we would really appreciate your help. Thanks! Phil
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Sunday, March 8th, 2009 AT 11:39 PM

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Tiny
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No start?
Engine crank with no start
or will not cranks
if the engine crank with no start check and suspect a bad fuel pump
if no crank I would suspect bad starter
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Monday, March 9th, 2009 AT 6:42 AM
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I am having the same problem. If it seems to be the fuel pump, why is it the dealership mechanics are unable to find the problem?
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Monday, March 9th, 2009 AT 7:21 PM
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If its not cranking suspect starter
if cranks and no start
check fuel pressure and suspect fuel pump
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Monday, March 9th, 2009 AT 8:45 PM

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