Engine Light on 2000 Mercury Cougar

Just bought used 2000 Mercury Cougar. Had engine light lit, dealer told me it was due to vapor in gas tank and would have it fixed. Kept stalling when downshifted to 2nd gear, then car died a few weeks later. Now they tell me it was the "cool packs" and a $650.00 repair. I think I got taken by car dealer anyone else have this issue?

by in Martinsburg, WV on June 18, 2009
4 answers 1 comment
ANSWER by on June 18, 2009
All fuel tanks have fuel vapors in them, so that doesn't sound right. What we need to know is what codes are being stored when the check engine light comes on? The first time and this time. Did you buy this car from this dealer?
COMMENT by on June 18, 2009
What we need to know is what codes are being stored when the check engine light comes on? The first time and this time. Did you buy this car from this dealer? It didn't sound right to my wife and I either, but we are not mechanics so we unfortunately believed what they told us. Not sure about the codes, check engine light, battery light would come on when downshifted, then engine would cut off. It would start back up, but it didn't make sense. We bought the car from a used car dealer, didn't know we made a big mistake. Heard from another cougar owner, same thing happened to them.
ANSWER by on January 20, 2010
you need to get the computer scaned by some one you trust or some one you can watch scan it, autozone will scan your comp infront of you and you can see what codes are in it. if you had a vapor recovery code stored in your ecm(engine control module) aka your computer it will not effect the way it runs. i have been a mechanic for 10 yrs. and i have never heard of cold packs. sounds like you have an ignition problm which is usually cheaper to fix than most other driveability problems, but if it only will stall in 2nd gear than it could be an internal trans prob, because an ignition or fuel delivery prob doesnt care what gear your in. step 1 get codes checked and that will lead you in the right direction.
ANSWER by on February 24, 2010
I have the same car , Owned since new. There was a recall on the fuel tank filters. They were said to be contaminated. I found out the hard way. Wheb your gas level gets lower than 3/8's of a tank it may have trouble starting. A ful tank forces the fuel flow.
ANSWER by on April 20, 2010
the dealer probably meant the "COIL PACK"
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