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Author: tmeri Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 1498  
Subject: Re: A good retirement car Date: 11/4/2005 3:36 PM
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Next time you see your brother, would you ask him if he has ever heard of that problem?

If I can remember, but it probably won't help you. He'll immediately ask follow-up questions like SeattlePioneer asked you, and I won't have the answers.


Now, if I can, I just leave it where it doesn't start and several hrs later it will start.

Before what you wrote is "Some days it will start, some days it won't." Now you are implying that it wasn't the initial start of the day, but sometime later in the day that it failed to start. It matters which it is, because not starting when the engine is cold brings one set of problems to mind, but not starting when the engine is warm is a whole nuther ballgame.

Not starting when the engine is hot is typical of vapor lock, but I assume your mechanic would know about that. Another possibility that would account for any time of the day is that your battery cable is not screwed in well enough, and letting it sit for a while allows the metal to expand/contract just enough to make sufficient contact to get it to start. I assume your mechanic would also know about that. The point is, there are just too many possible explanations for "not starting" in this case. You need to record a lot more detail in order to get a mechanic to help you with this. Start with the answers to SeattlePioneer's questions. Also record what the weather is like. Vapor lock, for example, is more likely to occur in hot weather. There's a lot to learn, I know, but when it happens, write down EVERYTHING, whether you think it is relevant or not.

Don't assume that "not starting" is an electrical problem. There are several things required in order to start an engine.

I do not understand your mechanic's comment that it's typical of old lincolns. Did he explain why? If he believes that, he should at least give you a reason why. That could help you decide whether to live with it or pursue a solution. If he is unable to explain further than that, a new mechanic is in order.


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