1996 Mercury Grand Marquis Q&A
1996 Mercury Grand Marquis Question: Why does the car die when the lights are turned on?
Have your alternator tested. Sounds like it is not producing enough power to support your auxilliary systems. Probably need to replace it. - csubak30
Agree with csubak30 It could be a bad or unsecured battery ground cable between the battery and chassis or chassis and engine. Turn on the ignition switch to the on but not run position do you see an icon on the instrument panel representing a battery, if you do not see this battery icon the alternator is not seeing power to allow it to charge. Start the engine does the battery icon go out. Put a volt meter across the battery terminals with the engine off, at rest the battery voltage should be 12.6 volts if the battery is fully charged. Now get a friend to start the car while you watch the voltmeter, the voltage reading across the battery should read approximately 14.6 volts if the alternator is charging correctly. - patrick mannion
it;s your ALTERNATOR Yor car is running on the BATTERY . Have CAR RUNNING DISCONNECT THE BATTERY ENGINE WILL STOP REPLACE ALTERNATOR - JAYMALO