White smoke coming from the exhaust could indicate that a head gasket has blown or there is a cracked cylinder head. Our technicians tell us that removal and inspection of the cylinder heads will be required to confirm a crack is present.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1996 Mercury Cougar
1996 Mercury Cougar
1996 Mercury Cougar Problems
Engine misfire could be caused by worn or broken motor mounts that raise the motor on one side while the vehicle is accelerating. The stress on the engine control wiring harness can cause breaks in the injector or sensor wires, which then causes drivability concerns such as poor fuel economy and engine misfires.
1996 Mercury Cougar Recalls (Recent)
Summary: WHEN IN THE SECONDARY LATCHED POSITION, THE DRIVER DOOR LATCHES MAY OPEN WHEN SUBJECTED TO TRANSVERSE LOADS LESS THAN THAT SPECIFIED IN FMVSS NO. 206, "DOOR LOCKS AND DOOR RETENTION COMPONENTS."Learn more »
Summary: UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, THE CLIMATE CONTROL BLOWER DOES NOT OPERATE AS INTENDED. THE BLOWER COULD (1) STICK ON "HIGH;" (2) OPERATE ERRATICALLY WITH BLOWER OUTPUT VARYING BETWEEN NO BLOWER AND MAXIMUM BLOWER; OR (3) NOT OPERATE AT ALL DUE TO MALFUNCTION OF THE TEMPERATURE CONTROL MODULE.Learn more »
1996 Mercury Cougar Questions and Answers
I just had an engine (57,000) miles installed in my 1996 cougar. What are the first best steps to take to ensure that it is a smooth transition? Will it need a complete tune-up, oil change, or any ...
when i slow down or turn a cornner my check engine light blinks on and off.the car seems to drive ok but cannot figure out the cause for this.
mercury dealership changed right front tire rod on my sable and now it drives feeling all over the road and boucing and my steering is off too. the dealership said they dont feel what i feel and th...
Allready replaced Motor. How about resistor?
1996 Mercury Cougar Reviews
I owe a 1996. And it's a good sturdy car. But I just had to replace the whole transmission, new battery, new brakes and 4 new tires. I only had it for about a year, and the older women who had it before me only drove it around town. I have already put more into it then I paid for it. Although I have bought a new car, I still keep this one for emergencies. Since I got the repairs, it doesn't run the same anymore. It's a good car, just not my first choice.
CAr runs fine while idleing and you can even drive it as long as you excelerate slowly.if you press the gas pedal to go faster the car boggs down and has extremly low power. has all new spark plug,wires and air filter.we had a mechanic ? look at it and he said all catalatic converters were stopped up so I unbolted the exhaust from the car and stll bogged down every time the gas was pressed. do you have ant suggestions on what to check next
i love my car. its so relaiable. i rather drive it than drive one of the new models. never had no serious problems with my baby.