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  • Vic
    Vic - 2004 Mercury Mountaineer - Preventive Maintenance - 12/27/2010
    When my truck sits idle at a red light it starts to shake like it wants to shut off.
    I have 70,000 miles. I added gas a week ago. I just noticed the problem today after work coming home when i got off the freeway and stopped at a red light. No engine light came on. About 2 weeks ago I had my oil changed and my tires rotated. Today was the first day ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/27/2010 HouseCallAuto
      The engine service light will come on very soon, maybe by tomorrow and then you will attach a code reader and see what codes have set. Until the light comes on or fault codes set you cannot know what to do. The light WILL come on. Either there is a misfire or a bad vacuum leak most likely.
    • yboy82
      12/27/2010 yboy82
      When you rotate your tires did you also done a wheel alignment?
      And if your tires and wheels are aligned, and have the same tire pressure try to check (and clean if needed) the condition of your air filter and fresh air intake hose, throttle body and MAF sensor (and its electrical connector).
    • david
      12/27/2010 david
      clean throd body with carb cleaner with engine off then open throd wide open then wipe out with a rage
  • karin
    karin - 1997 Mercury Villager - Preventive Maintenance - 12/23/2010
    Does this van have 2 converters? an should you replace the oxegen sensor when you replace converter
     
  • ray
    ray - 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis - Preventive Maintenance - 12/14/2010
    Wiper blades replacment ,not a hook but a pin assembly
    i want to change my wiper blades ,but it's a pin not a hook assembly,how do i get the old one off? the how to guide for that year shows a hook arm mine is a pin throught the side and all the way through
     
    • ref
      12/14/2010 ref
      Buy them at a car parts store and let them change it for you.(like auto zone)
  • callpb
    callpb - 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis - Preventive Maintenance - 12/11/2010
    How do I change the side light bulb
     
  • mark bellinger
    mark bellinger - 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis - Preventive Maintenance - 12/10/2010
    Sometimes my headlights don't come on when I turn on switch, just parking lights
    This usually happens after I have been driving the car for awhile. I shut it off to go into a store and when I come out and start car and turn on lights they don't work. A few times they would come on if I put on my turn signal.
     
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      Check the fuses if loose and fit them properly. Check the alternator output; perhaps this happens when there is a lot of accessory loads open and the alternator output is low that why the lights went dim or out. Check also the alternator belt if worn or cracked.
  • Gail
    Gail - 1999 Mercury Mountaineer - Preventive Maintenance - 12/8/2010
    Water is leaking from my truck after the water pump has been replaced. It doesn't run hot unless I turn the heater on.
    the guy that fixed it said that it needs the waterpump housing to stop it from pouring out the antifreeze. But I've never heard of a waterpump housing.
     
    • Bill
      12/8/2010 Bill
      Mybe he means gasket seal.
  • danamelia
    danamelia - 2000 Mercury Villager - Preventive Maintenance - 12/6/2010
    Why does my heater/AC only work when turned on at the highest level?
    Whenever we use the AC or Heater we have to turn the fan up to the highest level of 4 before it blows air out. I am curious if there might be an easy fix for me to do or if it is best for me take it in. The van has about 100,000 miles on it and I don't know ...
     
    • J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
      Danamelia its your blower motor resistor gone bad autozone has them for your car one is front unitmotor resistor....part number........JA1540............$64.99 and a Auxiliary heater motor resistor..........part number..JA1528.......$33.99.....hope this helps you and good luck.
    • clicketysplit
      12/6/2010 clicketysplit
      I have a 1996 Villager and it is made to be that way. The climate control in the vehicle is computer controlled and the A/C or heat blower fan only comes on high when manually placed into the upward highest position. The vehicle has it's own built in thermostat that takes a few minutes to get an accurate interior temperature of the vehicle before it does anything.

      Try this; press the "Automatic" button on the Climate Control Panel and adjust the temperature you desire with the Temperature button just below it and wait a couple minutes until it the vehicle's computer can get an accurate interior temperature reading, -chances are if the current temperature of interior is significantly lower or higher than what you select depending on outside temperature it will automatically adjust the blower fan to an appropriate speed.

      If you want to manually adjust the blower fan to blow out heat or A/C faster just use the thumb wheel on the right side of the Climate Control panel up or down. It will only blow out faster if you manually select the faster speed.

      There is nothing wrong with it, that's the way it's supposed to work. Give it more of a chance, when the cars computer registers the interior temperature it will automatically adjust the blower fan according to what temperature you select and the interior temperature of the vehicle.

      Let us know what happens.
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    • HouseCallAuto
      11/27/2010 HouseCallAuto
      Probably fine. Remove the spark plugs and inject an ounce of oil into each of the cylinders and then distribute the oil with compressed air into each cylinder for a few seconds. then let it sit overnight. Next day try to turn the crankshaft manually. if it moves OK, charge or replace the battery and start it up or at least see if it starts. the gasoline that is in there is likely degraded but I have started at least two cars with no issues where the gasoline was 5 years old and it ran decent. You just never know, you have to just try to start it and see if everything is there.
  • euge68
    euge68 - 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis - Preventive Maintenance - 11/5/2010
    The air condition is hot sometimes
    start out hot then start cooling or making a turn and it goes hot. have to shut a/c and turn back on
     
    • vince^_^
      11/5/2010 vince^_^
      It is possible that moisture is present in your ac system and it develops into ice when reaching the expansion valve restricting the flow of Freon in your system that’s why you feel hot and when it melts it allows the Freon to circulate and you can now feel that your ac is functioning. Take your vehicle to a certified ac technician to perform evacuation in your ac system and perform a leak test. You can use the Find a Shop feature of AutoMD to find a list of shops near you with their address, telephone # and labor rate per hour.
  • Gene
    Gene - 2001 Mercury Sable - Preventive Maintenance - 11/4/2010
    Where is the PCV Valve located on the vehicle, Please?
    24Valve engine.
     
    • HKS Guy
      11/4/2010 HKS Guy
      It should be under the intake manifold/under the large wiring loom and then under that is a large water hose. It's under there.
  • PERRY
    PERRY - 1996 Mercury Sable - Preventive Maintenance - 11/3/2010
    How to / Removal of Heater Core
    I removed all that is to be removed, Have heter core half way out, The problem is the dash that holds the ashtray is blocking, I'm lost from that point, I looked for nuts,bolts whatever i could do to get the room that i need to complet the pull-out, ( removal ) ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/3/2010 HouseCallAuto
      All the required steps and pictures would be in the appropriate repair manual. This job you are doing is a huge heater core job that would frighten most experienced mechanics.
  • Ron
    Ron - 2004 Mercury Mountaineer - Preventive Maintenance - 10/19/2010
    My auto on lamps stopped working. Don 't come on when it's dark out. What is the fix?
     
    • Bobby
      10/19/2010 Bobby
      well you need to test it could be the light sensor which is usually mounted to dash and looks like a little dome near the base of the windshield. Or it could be the headlight switch. Do the lights work when you turn them on manually?
  • dennis welbourne
    dennis welbourne - 1995 Mercury Sable - Preventive Maintenance - 10/19/2010
    DASH OIL LIGHT FLICKERS.
    my oil light keeps flicking on and off is there a oil sensor that would cause the problem for i change my oil every two months i have 55000 miles only and on my vin #the eight #is u the tenth #is s does that change anything when looking for parts or location of ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/19/2010 HouseCallAuto
      Replace the oil pressure sending unit located at the rear of the driver side of the engine next to the cylinder head, just above where the transmission and engine meet and are attached. It is standard procedure to replace the sensor with what you said is happening. Don't set your hopes too high.
  • asearlseesit
    asearlseesit - 1999 Mercury Sable - Preventive Maintenance - 10/17/2010
    Where is fuel pump located
     
  • Gil
    Gil - 1997 Mercury Sable - Preventive Maintenance - 10/10/2010
    The car won't start because the theft light is on. I want to know how to turn it off.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/10/2010 HouseCallAuto
      Try another key. The transponder in the key may have failed and now the key does not communicate with the receiver and will prevent starting. Try a different key.