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Engine cranking, not starting on 1997 lincoln town car

Fuel pump OK .no spark on plug wires.dash lights going off while cranking

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    engine cranks over but no spark on plug wires also dashboard goes blank while cranking

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Hi,seem you have a flat battery,try to charge your battery,fuel pump is ok ,what about fuel pressure,ty

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