start problem on 1997 Ford Contour

hi! i have ford contour 1997 sprt package with V6 engine. i just bought it from auction and it doesn't start. they said it starts... when i turn the key on, the engine doesn't crank or make noise like "click". nothing at all... what might be it from? please help!

by in Van Nuys, CA on January 14, 2011
3 answers 4 comments
ANSWER by on January 14, 2011
It could be a bad battery, bad starter or a seized up motor?
ANSWER by on January 14, 2011
Could be an electrical problem, if you can bring the vehicle to our shop, we will do a basic check up on the vehicle, free of charge.
COMMENT by on January 14, 2011
i will need to tow it for it! since i am beginner mechanic, i want to try something. and i forgot to tell that i put new battery on it! and when i turn the key, the lights doesn't become lower which is likely ignition switch! And thanks for the response!
ANSWER by on January 14, 2011
Hang on -- you likely have a PATS system issue. That is the anti-theft key that is required to start the car. Without a properly programmed key, you cannot start this car. I find if you buy a car from the auction, and it is of unknown origin, you may not have working keys. They may turn the key cylinder, but not communicate with the PATS module transceiver. Does that red light above the radio area blink with the key on?
COMMENT by on January 14, 2011
hmmm there is red light blink but not above the radio but left side of the wheel! is it from that? yea the key is turning and i can turn on the Radio! its wierd that when i turn the Key all the way to the right, it doesn't make any sound or anything... thanks for the respond!
COMMENT by on January 15, 2011
A red light blinking on the LEFT side of the wheel is an aftermarket alarm red light. This can also kill your starter. There is probably an alarm added on to this car that you may not have a remote for. Feel around under the dash and see if there is either toggle button or a tiny black button to push. Hold this button to push down as you turn the key on, then crank - it should start. The Ford factory PATS light should be located where teh "CONTOUR" badge is above the radio. That light should stay solid red and go off, not blink.
COMMENT by on October 07, 2013
what if the red light is blinking? how do i make it stop?
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