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  • s.c.
    s.c. - 1980 Mercury Zephyr - Engine - 9/21/2014
    Belt guide wich side
    hello i have a 2.3 liter zephyr im replacing the timing belt the belt guide washer has a dished side and a flat side wich side goes toward the belt? please help
     
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  • DianeLewis
    DianeLewis - 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis - Engine - 9/20/2014
    My car is losing water and it is added everyday. No one can find a leak. It dies when idling to long.
    car won't start unless jumped but light and all work
     
    • CVO
      9/20/2014 CVO
      "Losing water"
      Perform a cooling system / radiator pressure test when the engine is cold - as a first step to locate the leak.
      Obtain a loaner tool / free radiator pressure tester from the local auto parts stores such as Autozone, O'Reilly, NAPA, Advance Auto, or PepBoys. Follow their instructions and pump it to an adequate air pressure 12 -15 psi or the pressure rating listed on the radiator or reservoir cap. Observe the leaks and perform the repair.
      Note: do not over pressurize beyond the pressure allowed by the radiator cap, then test the radiator cap as well.

      "It dies when idling to long."

      The check engine light doesn't have to be ON to store a fault code. Do not skip this test.

      Check the vehicle for fault codes to see if there are any sensors were involved to the malfunction of the engine

      "car won't start unless jumped "

      See this http://www.automd.com/.../
  • Ajsexton
    Ajsexton - 1994 Mercury Grand Marquis - Engine - 9/19/2014
    Trouble starting when cold stalls and misfires. Then when shuts down can be driving at 60 mph and lose speed with no
    Acceleration and smells. Let cool down and you can drive it again.
     
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  • jerry van ness
    jerry van ness - 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis - Engine - 9/13/2014
    Engine bucking up to 50. installed new plugs ran great 200 miles,back to bucking maybe 3 cyl lost
    replaced 3coils no change . milage is267000. the same cold or warm, while driving all the time. started around 500 miles ago .light is not on, but some times the red temp light will come on when engine trys to shut off, but gauge reads norm
     
    • alex
      9/13/2014 alex
      how did the plugs look when you took them out a miss on number three could have been a bad injector and a new plug could have helped it burn the extra fuel and the one cylinder running rich will lean out the rest of them causing some extra heat. i have a built up chevy and one bad plug wire will make it over heat in about 30 miles if i'm pulling something.
  • Herbert Orick
    Herbert Orick - 2001 Mercury Cougar - Engine - 9/11/2014
    how many motor mounts does the Cougar havet how many motor mounts does the Cougar
    How to change the mount
     
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  • Shmi770
    Shmi770 - 2003 Mercury Sable - Engine - 8/25/2014
    It won't start it cranks but won't start
    50k on it check engine light comes on and stays on when u crank but it won't start
     
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  • Shmi770
    Shmi770 - 2003 Mercury Sable - Engine - 8/25/2014
    It won't start it cranks but won't start
    50k on it check engine light comes on and stays on when u crank but it won't start
     
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  • Sabrina
    Sabrina - 2001 Mercury Cougar - Engine - 8/20/2014
    I have a ticking sound upon acceleration.Especially between 3and 4 rpms.Stays steady of and on ticking throughout accele
    Car has no check engine lights on.does not overheat only has 100,000 miles.
     
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  • Jennifer
    Jennifer - 2000 Mercury Mountaineer - Engine - 8/18/2014
    What can I do when the car wont start
    just does a clicking noise
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Mercury Sable - Engine - 8/13/2014
    Got home and coolant was leaking everywhere beneath the car. How can I fix this?
    I popped the hood and noticed one the hoses appears very corroded so I'm guessing the leak is coming from there and dripping down onto the pan and then the ground. I recently had a full transmission rebuild done and after calling the shop they think it is ...
     
    • Jimm
      8/13/2014 Jimm
      The most common cause of overheating is because of an external leak from a water pump or a radiator or heater hose. The way to find the leak is to wait till it is overnight cold and maybe just pour water in and see if the leak is large enough to see it simply leak out from where it has a leak. if you pour in a half gallon or more and you still see no leak its time to pressure check the system.

      Here is a short list of possible causes for overheating;

      Low coolant level
      Leaking coolant
      Improper coolant concentration (not at recommended 50 / 50 mix of anti-freeze and water)
      Clogged radiator hoses
      Clogged heater hoses
      Clogged radiator passages
      Clogged heater core
      Faulty thermostat
      Faulty water pump
      Faulty radiator cooling fans
      Faulty radiator cooling fan switch (coolant temperature sensor)
      Faulty / worn serpentine drive belt
      Faulty / worn drive belt tensioner




  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Mercury Sable - Engine - 8/12/2014
    Got home and coolant was leaking everywhere beneath the car. How can I fix this?
    I popped the hood and noticed one the hoses appears very corroded so I'm guessing the leak is coming from there and dripping down onto the pan and then the ground. I recently had a full transmission rebuild done and after calling the shop they think it is ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1997 Mercury Mountaineer - Engine - 8/10/2014
    When idle my air conditioner blows cool, but when I accelerate I get warm air?
    No matter the acceleration rate I get warm air. Condenser fine, fully charged, compressor fine, new ac instrument panel, no vacuum leaks I can tell. I've got two mechanics stumped on what the problem and said they would do some research and call me back for a ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1996 Mercury Sable - Engine - 8/9/2014
    Engine light comes on should i clean sensors on the cataylac converter?
    car runs good but the engine light comes on. i put it on the diagnostic machine and it refers to the catalac convierter should i take out the sensors and clean them?
     
    • Jimm
      8/9/2014 Jimm
      First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance. There may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light.

      Which sensors are you referring to - are these the oxygen sensors? If yes, why go to the trouble and labor to only remove for cleaning (if you could clean them at all?) - since you have already performed the labor to replace them?
      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the oxygen sensors (O2 sensors) from around $19.00 each (for upstream and downstream) for your vehicle.

      Check the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps to replace the O2 sensors.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1996 Mercury Sable - Engine - 8/9/2014
    Engine light comes on should i clean sensors on the cataylac converter?
    car runs good but the engine light comes on. i put it on the diagnostic machine and it refers to the catalac convierter should i take out the sensors and clean them?
     
    • Jimm
      8/9/2014 Jimm
      First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance. There may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light.

      Which sensors are you referring to - are these the oxygen sensors? If yes, why go to the trouble and labor to only remove for cleaning (if you could clean them at all?) - since you have already performed the labor to replace them?
      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the oxygen sensors (O2 sensors) from around $19.00 each (for upstream and downstream) for your vehicle.

      Check the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps to replace the O2 sensors.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1996 Mercury Sable - Engine - 8/9/2014
    If i take the sensors out and clean them would that help with the engine light to go off
    did the diagnostic and it refers to the sensors on the catalyac converter
     
    • Jimm
      8/9/2014 Jimm
      First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance. There may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light.

      Which sensors are you referring to - are these the oxygen sensors? If yes, why go to the trouble and labor to only remove for cleaning (if you could clean them at all?) - since you have already performed the labor to replace them?
      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the oxygen sensors (O2 sensors) from around $19.00 each (for upstream and downstream) for your vehicle.

      Check the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps to replace the O2 sensors.