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Mercury Tracer Problems

Engine -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

A cylinder head replacement could be needed if the vehicle overheats and causes the cylinder head to crack between the valves.

Engine -- Verified

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.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

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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.

Mercury Tracer Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., December 30, 1994

Summary: THE DRIVER SIDE AIR BAG MODULE CAN HAVE AN INADEQUATELY WELDED INFLATOR CANISTER.

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Electrical & Lights, June 25, 1993

Summary: THE ROLL PINS SECURING THE IGNITION LOCK IN THE STEERING COLUMN HOUSING CAN SEPARATE OR MOVE OUT OF POSITION.

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Electrical & Lights, September 18, 1992

Summary: THE STOP LAMP SWITCHES COULD INTERMITTENTLY MALFUNCTION RESULTING IN THE STOP LAMPS NOT ILLUMINATING WHEN THE BRAKES ARE APPLIED.

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Engine, November 6, 1992

Summary: FATIGUE CRACKS CAN DEVELOP IN THE SOLDER JOINT BETWEEN THE FUEL RETURN TUBE AND THE FUEL PUMP SENDING UNIT LOCATED AT THE TOP OF THE FUEL TANK.

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Suspension & Steering, May 31, 1994

Summary: THE OFFSET TOE ADJUSTING PIN CAN FRACTURE UNDER CONDITIONS SUCH AS TORSIONAL LOADS, FLEXING MOTION, IMPACT LOADS, AND OVERTORQUING.

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Mercury Tracer Questions and Answers

halffast mech, 1991 Mercury Tracer, 1.9L 4 Cylinder, Indianapolis, IN

i have a 1989 merc tracer.at idel the engine speed goes up and down when the engine is at operating temp.it also stumbles on acceleration as though it is not getting fuel.this car has only 46000 mi...

pistalpete, 1991 Mercury Tracer, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Aurora, CO

what is an inertia switch

Visitor, 1991 Mercury Tracer, Douglasville, GA

when driving my 91 tracer wagon it has alot of play in the steering car goes from one side of road to the other how can i fix it

hmilette, 1991 Mercury Tracer, 1.9L 4 Cylinder, Anchorage, AK

My car has a pre-ignition ping-knock @ initial start-up and also @ a low idle in gear and also w/air-conditioner on @ idle.

Visitor, 1991 Mercury Tracer, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Alpena, MI

OK for starters..my vehicle is a 1989 Mercury Tracer St. Wagon,w/5-speed manual,1.6cu.in. 4cyl. It's not listed on the questionaire ( year of vechile) so I fibbed about the year.
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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.

I've had my 1995 Mercury Tracer around 10 years now and it's great. Good reliable car with hardly any problems. Dashboard lights quit working about 2 years ago, (a pain) and fuel gage is acting up about 4 years ago, but those are minor problems. Needs shocks, clutch now at 17 years, not bad. Interior is still great as well as body. Changed alternater few years ago, and it was hard to get at but the car was 12 years old. Engine still running great and the gas mileage has been around 27 to 32 mpg and thats city driving mostly. It's a bit small inside and I hate the cup holder which is too small and your big gulp might flip over, so this is the worst thing about the car, big deal right? Reliable, cheap, transportation with good all round visability and pretty good pick-up speed and great real small turning radius which has come in handy many times. Great front wheel drive is great and fun to drive in snow as it feels very safe with great traction depending on the type of tires you have but this car has performed fantasticly in snow for me and never got stuck. Great car for anyone on buget. This car is not fancy at all or pretty. I would rate it in the same class as a volkswagon bug. Better in some ways and not in others like work access in the engine compartment. I'm a big guy and I fit in the car just fine with good leg room but the height is a just bit tight feeling for me at 6' 1" and too small for my 6' 4" son but ok for my 6' 2" son. I would recomend this car to anyone on a tight buget and under 6' 3". Great, fantastic room in trunk with rear seat that folds down to get into it and you can load long item in there that way which is surprising in it's versitility. Almost small truck in a way. I've loaded 2x4s in there but would not recomend it. Well built and enginered carm with many good surprise features that you would never expect to have abd appreciate. I expect to have this car last at least another 5-10 years with not much maintenance except a battery or two, tires, clutch job and shocks. This car will last 100 years if taken care of.

i need to know in reference to the aircondition.i took my car to ths shop did tune -up and front bushings.after that i turn my aircondition on and it makes noise like loose and blows warm air

I remember is so well. In 1999 a friend was helping me look for my first car and Car Max had quite a few. The 1993 Mercury Tracer was the best fit in price, driving comfort and fit me perfectly.

Power everything. I loved her. I named her Betsy. She drove GREAT! To work and home, I worked two jobs about 7 miles from each other. She was good on gas. Though you had to be driving at least 45 mph to get her AC to cool the air at times on very hot days over 80 degrees F. I got a ticket for doing such.

Then April 2001 came and friends begged me to come out dancing and I really did not want to. I finally went to meet them, but on my way there, a guy ran a red light and totaled her (by my auto insurance). My roommate found a mechanic to fix her up like good as new. Sure enough, he did, but there were issues with the catalytic converter and i did not want to deal with that. I had been looking for a new vehicle soon after the accident.

I went in to a dealership to check the colors of a Toyota Tacoma Black vs Dark Green. I got cornered and bought a Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner. I do not regret, but feel sad I let that sales guy rip me off (hindsight is sad, isn't it) by taker her, Betsy, as a $200 trade-in. I paid $5000 for the car. He took a working car for $200 and sold me a $15,000 truck for $28,000. I was young and dumb. That won't EVER happen again.

I miss Betsy.

Bought our 95 Tracer in Dec 96. Only has 386K and still gets 28 to 33mpg depending on traffic. Dosen't use oil. Normal wear and tear includes rebuild tranny, replace htr core and radiator. One CV joint. Replace speedometer cable and repair spedometer head. Still drives great and tracks super in snow. Must have been a Wednesday car. And, Yes, is a flatland car.

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