Valve seats (components in the cylinder head that help seal the valve) can fall out. When this happens, it causes rough running and creates noise. Replacement of the cylinder head is commonly required to fix this problem.
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1997 Mercury Tracer
1997 Mercury Tracer Problems
A cylinder head replacement could be needed if the vehicle overheats and causes the cylinder head to crack between the valves.
An external Engine oil leak may develop from the distributor O-ring seal. A new O-ring seal will be needed to correct this leak.
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.
1997 Mercury Tracer Recalls (Recent)
1997 Mercury Tracer Questions and Answers
The engine stalls and then , immediately, the engine can be started again. Shop has had engine on computer and has nor been able to diagnose problem. What could be cause?
This car has given me no problems since I got it back in March of 09 other than the e-brake cables not working :( Now that it is freezing in Pittsburgh, I am experiencing a few problems and any and...
When I stop at a light or sign and then start up the brake light goes on but if I take my foot off the gas pedal it goess off, what causes that?
My brake light constantly stays on...why?
1997 Mercury Tracer Reviews
Bought this car in 2012 with over 200K miles. while it does run well, many parts even after repaired still break. For instance the exause was broken and even after having broken parts replaced two different time it remains broken. Also motor problems persist after fixing. These are decent cars yet do have lots of problems later in life.
This was my first vehicle, i purchased it with about 30,000 miles on it back in 2000. I have to say this vehicle was by far the most reliable, great gas mileage and very minor problems for these past 10 years!! I let a friend borrow it for a couple of months and he totaled it!! I regret it everyday since the incident happened. 2 thumbs way up!! for the 97 Mercury Tracer.