Lore (lorexiii) wrote in thequestionclub,
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Car diagnosis?

Needing help figuring out WTF is going on with my car! It's a 1998 Mercury Sable LS with about 180,000 miles on it. It ran fine for the first two years I had it, but now it's being wonky.

About once every week or two, it won't start. I'll turn the key and nothing. Not even a click. If I leave it for a few minutes and try again, it generally starts up fine and runs again with no problem. The first time it happened, it took about a half hour. It's happening again right now and it's been down for about an hour. It happened once while I was driving it. The lights flickered, my interior light faded, and it stopped for a split second, then started again. I had just enough time to pull off the road before it died. It started up again no problem a few minutes later. Every time it happens, my clock and radio stations are all reset and my CD changer starts over at disc 1.

I know exactly jack squat about cars, so I have no idea if this is a battery problem, starter problem, computer thing, or something else. Any ideas?
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