1997 Mercury Tracer Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Mercury Tracer
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1997 Mercury Tracer ProblemsPower Steering Pump/Gearbox Problems Due to Fluid Contamination
Failure to change the power steering fluid can cause the fluid to become gray with metal particles. The contaminated fluid can damage the power steering pump resulting in a growling noise when the wheel is turned; the damaged pump will require replacement to eliminate the noise.. Life of the power steering gearbox and pump will be shortened if the fluid is not serviced regularly.
The distributor may become internally contaminated with engine oil because of an internal seal failure. This causes ignition failure because the distributor cap has filled with oil. If this happens, the car will not start.
If you experience difficulty starting the engine when cold, stalling at idle, or hesitations during acceleration, it may be the idle air bypass valve. This valve helps the vehicle idle steady when the accelerator pedal is not pressed.
1997 Mercury Tracer Questionswhere fan relay is located and what it looks like (2 answers)
the fan doesn't come on at all but car hasn't gotten hot
The timing belt had 3 ribs missing so I replace that and the belt tensioner with new parts. Followed the repair manual on timing the engine. It still will not start. I have spark and fuel. When I turn the crank by hand it jumps time at the crank. Do I need to replace the crankshaft sprocket? Or ...
My son just drove the car 200+ miles back to college. Upon arrival he noticed oil leak. He hasn't driven the car since. Checked the oil and little to none left. Any suggestions on where it could be leaking or what the problem could be?