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You have a key programming problem. Check for a locksmith in your area who can do the re-programming and scan the PATS.
It sounds like your Passive Anti-Theft System (PATS) security system has locked you out, but I bet you figured that out already ;-) I found some instructions for resetting a Mercury Mountaineer, and would imagine it should work for your Montego as well. A symptom you should also be looking for is whether the flashing red light continues to blink at double ...
I agree with Allan on checking the battery cables. Specifically check out the connections at the terminal and the connection from the battery to the starter. If the starter and battery are good the likely culprit is a weak connection.
If the engine does not turn over on the first few times of turning the key, then in the light of what you have already had done, the switch on the bottom of your ignition key barrel may be at fault, or you starter motor solonoid sticking. If the engine turns over but does not start, and you have let the glow plug warning light go out, then an ECU relay ...
It could either be a bad fuel pump or a bad throttle positioning sensor.
I'm not a mechanic and have minimal knowledge with cars, so I had it towed to a garage. The mechanic there said it was a bad fuel pump. It's a rather expensive replacement with parts running about $250, and labor costing about $250 (they have to remove the gas tank and everything)
You may wish to read up on gasoline ethanol phase separation. This is an unfortunate scenario where ethanol in your gasoline blend absorbs too much water from the atmosphere and separates into two layers. The bottom layer contains a water/ethanol mixture which kills the engine, the top layer contains a rich mixture of gasoline and a smaller portion of ...
It does seem like a fuel system problem. Not having been maintained properly, as you say, would only make any problems worse. You need to have a scan on the system. A scanner off of the net such as Torque Pro, or similar, may point you in the right direction of the fault before, that visit to your favourite repair shop. You mention you might think you have ...
Honda engines turn a few times before ignition occurs ... Allows oil to flow through cylinders n stuff to prevent damage from dry starts ... Normal.
Check intake + exhaust valves, thay aerial more than likely the problem. they have to be set every 1000 miles, otherwise no start or hard start in cold.
It is unusual to hear of a bendix starter motor now days. Most starter motors are known as 'pre-engaged' and have a starter 'pinion' operated by the solonoid. When you turn the key to start with a bendix starter motor, the motor armature spins and the inertia of the bendix causes it to wind itself along its helix, engage with the flywheeel ring gear and then ...
A less than optimal battery and a functioning solenoid you would at least get the bendix to actuate. The less than optimal battery, would not supply enough power to have the starter actually rotate the engine. This is usually audiable with a quickly repeating clicking type noise and other times by one "click" [and usually the driver cussing and pounding on ...
Are you able to ask the previous owner for any history that could point you in the direction of the fault? This needs going back to basics. Check that you actually have petrol in the tank, could be anything in there, check for water or diesel or any other contamination. Don't go by the fuel gauge for tank level, it might be mis-reading. Take out the plugs, ...
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