car won't start

Asked by Jul 15, 2016 at 08:26 PM about the 2008 Lincoln MKZ AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Car won't start. .dash lights come
on..engine won't turn over

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Have the battery charged and tested. If it is original, probably time to replace it.

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If you just hear a click when you turn the key it's not your battery if you hear shuttering then possible but your entry lamps would give you a good indication about your batteries health. The main cause of engines not turning over in Ford/Lincoln cars is your physical key, if it's ruffed up, bent, or your ignition lock is worn out (key gets wobbly when you adjust it R/L or U/D) the cars anti-theft system is not able to detect or correctly read your registered key-fob magnet so the car activates kill-mode hence you only hear a click and your error message would probably read "check your charging system" if the key matches the notches but your key is not syncing with the anti-theft you wont hear an alarm. Ford decided to do an oxymoron anti=theft system where only the owner can engage the kill-switch. -SOLUTION- place your key in the ignition and make sure the magnet aspect engages (if your car has easy exit seats your seat should move up to your allocated memory position) then get your key in the ACC position if I remember correctly 2 clicks from key insert and let it stay idle in that position for about 1 minute then try and turn the car over. AVOID the urge to go bonkers on your ignition it will only make it worse, if that fails you can confuse your ECU by rolling your windows up/down while simultaneously turning the car over (Ford developed a very sophisticated and intelligent system) development team must of had a deadline on Thursday and they sure where thirsty!

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