Will not start, rattling sound

Tiny
STACYMC1
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  • 1998 MERCURY MARQUIS
  • MANUAL
  • 171,000 MILES
I drove my car while it was raining and the windshield wipers were broken. Later when I turned off the car it would not start after the fifth try it started up. When I got home and tried to start it up it made a rattling sound and the car would not start after five tries. The engine light, and battery light popped on.
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Monday, June 20th, 2016 AT 4:52 PM

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Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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Codes are the 1st place to start diagnosing

WELL YOU HAVE ONLY ONE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT

ANY OF MANY POSSIBLE REASONS IT IS ON

IF IT WILL TRAVEL,

TAKE THAT PUPPY OVER TO A POPULAR AUTO PARTS STORE

THEY CAN SCAN FOR CODE, USUALLY THIS IS A FREE SERVICE

HAVE PEN AND PAPER HANDY

YOU WANNA GET THE EXACT CODE NUMBERS, THERE MAY BE MORE THAN ONE (NOT WHAT THEY SAY THEY MEAN/ OR IS WRONG)

THEY MAY BE DEAD ON, BUT IF YOU WANT SOMEONE ELSE TO INTERPRET THEM, THE CODE NUMBERS ARE NEEDED.

EXAMPLE OF A CODE MIGHT BE " P0105" (JUST AN EXAMPLE)

THE CODE WILL BE WHAT THE COMPUTER PICKED UP AS A FAULT, SOME ARE EZ FIXES, OTHERS ARE NOT, BUT ABOVE ALL, THE COMPUTER WILL NOT TELL YOU WHAT TO DO OR CHANGE OUT. ONLY " WHAT HAPPENED" AS A RESULT OF THE GLITCH. THE CODE MUST BE INTERPRETED SO THE PROPER SOLUTION CAN BE FOUND.

SCAN MACHINES START AT ABOUT $50 SHOULD YOU WANT ONE OF YOUR OWN OR IF THE VEHICLE CANNOT DRIVE (SHARE THE COST WITH A FRIEND WHO MIGHT NEED IT LATER!)

RETURN WITH GOOD NEWS OR THE CODES!

THE MEDIC
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Monday, June 20th, 2016 AT 5:29 PM
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KEN
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Hi STACY,

It sounds like the battery is weak and needs replacing, here is a guide that will help you.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-a-car-battery

and if it needs replacing

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/replacing-car-battery

Let me know what you find

Best, Ken

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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 AT 11:25 AM

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