Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Burlington, Ontario
Re: 2000 grand marquis no start-HELP ME
Sounds as if the contacts have been needing a good cleaning for a while. Going through the water probably got enough moisture between the metal components on an already bad connection, and it was the final straw.
This thread actually has me thinking now....a year ago I replaced my starter. Once in a blue moon the old starter, while starting, would begin to turn the engine, then quickly disengage & re-engage again (like as if it momentarily had no voltage going to it). I know the solenoid was good, but I ended up replacing the starter because one day I went to the store, and when I came out - nothing. Not even a click. I didn't think of checking the connections - I just replaced the starter after verifying the solenoid was fine, and all was well. Maybe I just had a bad connection, but I'll never know now. I should have known better. Ah well...
As for the fasteners - sorry, you can't go by the old addage that it's an American car & it uses imperial fasteners. Most of the north american cars now use almost all metric fittings (I say almost all, because you will still encounter the odd nut & bolt that uses the old imperial stuff). Some old American cars such the Fiero almost exclusively used metric nuts & bolts - but such cars were not too common in their day.