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1997 Mercury Mountaineer

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1997 Mercury Mountaineer Problems

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

A failed heater blend door or actuator can cause the temperature control for the HVAC system to stop working. A clicking sound from the dash area would commonly indicate an actuator fault. If the heater gets stuck on the hottest setting, the heater blend door may be broken requiring replacement of the heater box to repair the issue.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

The rear window wiper may not fully contact the rear window. To fix, replace both the wiper blade and wiper arm.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

The rear wiper may stop working. This could be due to a rear wiper motor that has failed requiring replacement.

Brakes -- Verified

4wd vehicles may develop a squealing noise coming from the front wheels when driving below 30 mph. This is generally caused by dry excluder seals, lubricating the seals will commonly correct this concern.

1997 Mercury Mountaineer Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., September 30, 1997

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Ford has recalled certain 1996 Explorer and 1997 Mercury Mountaineer vehicles for an issue with the weld on the bracket that supports the lift struts on the right side of the liftgate. The weld was done incorrectly on some of the vehicles. If breakage occurs, the liftgate could fall and injure someone. Dealers will reinforce the affected bracket with two pop rivets.

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Drive Train, August 26, 2000

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Ford has recalled Firestone Wilderness AT and Radial ATX tires installed on multiple lines of Ford trucks from 1991 to 2000. On some tires, under extreme conditions, the tread could separate, which can cause immediate tire failure. This may lead to a loss of vehicle control, injury, and death. Dealers replaced the affected tires.

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Drive Train, June 4, 2001

Summary: THIS IS NOT A SAFETY RECALL IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SAFETY ACT. HOWEVER, IT IS DEEMED A SAFETY IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN BY THE AGENCY. EQUIPMENT DESCRIPTION: FORD IS REPLACING ALL FIRESTONE WILDERNESS AT 15, 16, AND 17 INCH TIRES MOUNTED ON FORD TRUCKS AND SUVS. FORD REPORTS TREAD SEPARATION CAN OCCUR DUE TO A COMBINATION OF THE SENSITIVITY OF THE TIRE DESIGN TO STRESS, AGING, AND MANUFACTURING DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PLANTS. FORD IS REPLACING THESE TIRES TO PREVENT POSSIBLE PREMATURE TIRE FAILURE. VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: THE VEHICLES LISTED BELOW MAY HAVE BEEN ORIGINALLY EQUIPPED WITH FIRESTONE WILDERNESS AT TIRES OR MAY HAVE HAD WILDERNESS AT TIRES INSTALLED DURING THE FIRESTONE RECALL LAUNCHED IN AUGUST 2000. CERTAIN 1991 THROUGHT 2002 FORD EXPLORER CERTAIN 2001 THROUGHT 2002 EXPLORER SPORT, AND SPORT TRAC CERTAIN 1997 THROUGH 2002 MERCURY MOUNTAINEER CERTAIN 1991 THROUGH 2001 RANGER CERTAIN 1999 THROUGH 2001 EXPEDITION CERTAIN 1991 THROUGH 1994, AND 1997 MODEL YEAR F-SERIES CERTAIN 1991 THROUGH 1994 BRONCO NOTE: BOTH ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT AND REPLACEMENT TIRES ARE AFFECTED.

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Drive Train, June 2, 1997

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Ford has recalled 1996-1997 Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer vehicles equipped with the 5.0L V8 engine that are registered in cold weather states. When operated at temperatures of -20° F, there is a possibility that the throttle body will stick due to ice formation. The sticking throttle may require extra braking force and an increase in stopping distance. Dealers will install a revised PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) system to prevent the icing.

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Suspension & Steering, December 15, 2000

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Ford has recalled certain 1995-1997 Explorer and 1997 Mercury Mountaineer vehicles because the sway bar links could fracture. If one or both sway bar links fracture, vehicle stability is affected, which can cause handling issues. Dealers will replace both sway bar links with revised parts.

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1997 Mercury Mountaineer Questions and Answers

boat happy, 1997 Mercury Mountaineer, Odenton, MD

--- when driving, the car makes a grinding sound when shifing to overdrive----similar to riding over rumble strips--why????

tiles, 1997 Mercury Mountaineer, Philadelphia, PA

I think the idle wheel is making a winding sound. If its bad how much to replace

rayray5, 1997 Mercury Mountaineer, Laurel, MS

how to set timing on 1997 mercury mountaineer 5.0 V8

bowhunter, 1997 Mercury Mountaineer, Independence, MO

engine will not start unless you give it throttle on cold start. Starts fine after it has warmed up. Started doing it when it has been raining.........raining for 3 days now.

rpmyers1, 1997 Mercury Mountaineer, Leander, TX

I replaced some dashboard lights and rear brakes and now the car wont start.
The starter turns but the engine wont turn over.

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1997 Mercury Mountaineer Reviews

We have had this vehicle for many years. Inherited it at 70k miles. we had 40 acres and it was the only vehicle that never got stuck. We used it to pull out the other rigs when the ground was to mushy, like a tractor and a big box truck and a f250 high boy. I dont know what they did to make the traction work so well but its absolutely amazing. has 197k miles now and still run great. It has always started, charged, heated, cooled, I would definately buy another one as I am impressed with every mile it works, oh towed our 23' cobalt regularly best thing to have at the boat launch!

97 Mercury mountaineer, where do i began, worked great since purchased New until it hit around 1000k miles now at 200k, can't open rear doors from inside, door lock switch doesn't work, air conditioning only works on MaxAc, popping in front driver side when i turn hit a bump or stop too quickly, have replace thermostat twice in two years, has had alternaor rebuilt, changed harmonic balancer, serpentine belt every year, all three catalyst converters bad which causes terrible idling like dying down at a red light and plunging forward after releasing the brake, lights in dash are almost black now, no prop for hood, ball joint bad in both front wheels, and the list goes on.

bought my used it has 148,000 miles everything works great i cant complain.put custom exhaust and supercharger in it .I have about 400 hp now.Had to put upper and lower control arm in it bt thats all i have had to do.

I bought my Mountaineer in 2008 with only 54,000 miles. It now has 107,000. I have replaced the fuel pump,the power window,door switch, and head gasket, in addition to needing brakes.Today I discovered that the a/c compressor wasn't coming on. I now have to check if there is a leak. I have not had any front end,transmission, cooling, or exhaust problems.Half the mileage that I have put on this car have been highway miles. City or Highway, I average about 12-15 miles per gallon.Overall, I have been pleased with the performance of this car. Wanna buy it?

I bought my Mercury Mountaineer new in 1997. After 5 years, the antenna stopped working. The emergency brake never has worked. The only response from the dealership was, "It works, you have a V-8. Stop putting so much pressure on the accelerator". I do not pass inspection each year. I show the paperwork that the company tried to repair problem. I can't afford another car. Presently, it is in the shop, the sway bar appears to be the cause of the grinding, popping sound when I turn the steering wheel and / or apply the brakes. The bushing is broken. Also, the electrical system on the passenger side of the door doesn't work. I received a quote for $600.00 to repair the system. I manually lock the door. The cd system stopped working after six years. The check engine light repeatedly comes on after a repair. It has been on now 2 years. Oh well. How could I forget about the Lumbar feature. It stopped working during the 4th year. I rent a car for long distance driving. I do not plan to purchase another Mercury Mountaineer.

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