I had a weird problem. I hope someone can offer some insight.
My 93 Grand Marquis has 78500 miles. My wife took the car on Sunday
and went a few blocks away to visit someone's house. She went in for
10 minutes, came back out and the car wouldn't start.
It wouldn't crank - instead it made a continuous clicking sound.
She also noted that she had some trouble disengaging the alarm.
I spoke to my mechanic. He said a continuous clicking probably means
not enough power to the starter and suspected that this lack of power
was also making the alarm misbehave. He suggested a boost - he
a weak battery.
The battery and alternator are a year and a half old. My went during
and didn't use the lights and didn't leave them on (and even if she
minutes shouldn't have been long enough to drain the battery down).
I tried boosting it. Nothing. So I had the car towed to my mechanic.
My mechanic told me, just for the hell of it, to try starting it when
I got there.
I got the car there and sure enough, it started right up like nothing
ever happened. And the alarm behaved too. Since he never actually
saw or heard the problem himself, he can't say for sure what the
problem was. He replaced the starter, figuring it's 11 years old
anyway, even though he wasn't confident
that was the problem.
He also said the negative wires to the battery connector weren't
attached as tightly as he likes and noticed some signs of arcing in
the connector when he redid and tigthened the connection.
I appreciate that he's honest when he says he really doesn't know what
happened but it really bugs me that the problem mysteriously went away
Does anybody have any clues? Has anyone seen this happen before? I
just hope that between the new starter and solid battery connections,
my problem won't recur.