Helloooo! My car wont start.

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Helloooo! My car wont start.

Post by Chocolaterita » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:55 pm

Hello! I own a Merkur Scorpio and I am not car savvy. I love my Scorpio...its my baby and it has been sitting in the Michigan winter while I drive my other car. I periodically go out and start her, but she doesn't want to start, all I hear is a ticking noise. I just bought a new battery a month ago. The battery light would come on whenever I would start it and go off when I would drive it around, though. Its only been snowing for about a month, now. I haven't driven it for a month. Alternator?

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Re: Helloooo! My car wont start.

Post by merkurdriver » Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:09 am

If you have not driven it in a month and its winter in Detroit then the battery is probably too weak to start in the cold. A month is kind of a long time to sit out un-used in the frigid winter...

However, if the battery charging light always came on (even with the brand new battery) then it could be the alternator, or the voltage regulator in the alternator...or battery cables just needing cleaned, retightened, etc.

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Re: Helloooo! My car wont start.

Post by milehighXR » Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:08 pm

After you do all of Mikes suggestions buy a battery tender. I have never been able to leave a Scorpio for more than 2 weeks without driving it and still have the battery full of juice.
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Re: Helloooo! My car wont start.

Post by Chocolaterita » Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:51 pm

merkurdriver wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:09 am
If you have not driven it in a month and its winter in Detroit then the battery is probably too weak to start in the cold. A month is kind of a long time to sit out un-used in the frigid winter...

However, if the battery charging light always came on (even with the brand new battery) then it could be the alternator, or the voltage regulator in the alternator...or battery cables just needing cleaned, retightened, etc.
Thanks, Mike!!

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Re: Helloooo! My car wont start.

Post by Chocolaterita » Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:52 pm

milehighXR wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:08 pm
After you do all of Mikes suggestions buy a battery tender. I have never been able to leave a Scorpio for more than 2 weeks without driving it and still have the battery full of juice.
Thanks, Johnny!!!

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Re: Helloooo! My car wont start.

Post by Ed Lijewski » Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:43 pm

Cheap way to see if your alternator is charging enough:

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 2161792450.

Walmart has a fine automatic battery maintainer (Battery Tender is a brand) made by Schumacher, a leading battery charger company, for around $20.
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