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Nissan Quest, Mercury Villager, Van
Jun 28, 2001 (6:31 pm)
Just got a 2000 Villager and am having a hard time finding a locking gas cap. Mercury does not carry one and the auto parts stores in my area do not have the correct one (causes my check engine light to come on) Also when I first start the engine in the morning it starts out at 2000rpm for about 5 seconds then drops to 1500. When I put it in drive and it goes to about 1200 until the engine warms up and then is about 750rpm in drive and vehicle stopped. It seems a little high, but maybe I am used to my old 4 cylinder.
#744 of 2519 Warped rotors?
Jun 29, 2001 (6:35 am)
I have a '99 Villager with 42K mostly highway miles. It has been serviced by the same dealer until today. We've had very good service there and the van has been virtually trouble free except for the various recalls.
However, when braking I've noticed over time that the rotors have become warped and have been getting increasingly worse. I've always operated under the notion that aluminum wheels can be prone to this if the lug nuts haven't been torqued properly.
I questioned my dealer about this when the van first started to exhibit the shake 20K+ miles ago and he told me that they do torque the nuts when they rotate the tires. Of course that doesn't mean the mechanic actually takes the time to do it or do it right.
I know this is something I'll never be able to prove so I've take the van to my car mechanic and I expect they'll turn the rotors and everything will be fine. I KNOW they torque the nuts there.
I'm really irritated that I have to spend the money to have this done (never mind reducing the life of the rotors) especially when the van has been OK otherwise. Has anyone else experienced a warping problem?
I'm just wondering whether it really was bad service or whether the rotors are of suspect quality. Since I won't be letting the dealer rotate the tires any more, I may eventually get my answer but I'm curious about other experiences out there.
#745 of 2519 sschnath
Jun 29, 2001 (6:54 am)
We have a 99 Quest with about 45,000 miles on it. Our brakes are still good. The rotors may be warped a LITTLE, but not nearly enough to get it fixed.
I have rotated my own tires, except for one time when I had the dealer do it. They properly torqued the lug nuts.
When I rotate my tires, I always use the lug wrench in the van (the one for changing a flat tire), for 2 reasons. One, because the wrench is so short, there is no chance of overtorquing the nuts (which will warp the rotors) and two, if we ever get a flat, I know I will be able to remove the wheel with the wrench in the van.
Once I had Sam's club rotate the tires on my previous car. I decided to check the lug nuts the next day, because they had put on the hubcaps wrong and I lost one. I could not get the nuts to budge with the wrench. I ended up having to put a 5' long pipe on the wrench and literally jump on it to loosen them. I'll never let them touch any of our cars again.
You might want to check how tight the lug nuts are on your van to see if they overtightened them.
#746 of 2519 Transmission questions
Jun 29, 2001 (6:55 am)
The transmission on my '99 Villager has developed a squeak when upshifting. Dealer can't hear it. Neither can my wife. It's pretty subtle but it definitely exists.
At first I thought it only happened when the AC was on --I thought it might have something to do with the AC compressor clutch. Now I'm not so sure it makes a difference whether the AC is on or off.
I remember someone else posting about this issue some months back. Has anyone figured out what it is or is it even something to be concerned about? I can live with it as long as it isn't trouble in the making.
Also, I've noticed that downshifts can be particularly rough on this vehicle, to the point where sometimes the whole vehicle shudders when it downshifts from 4th to 2nd and sometimes shudders when it upshifts back. We won't see this in driving around town obviously, but it can be very pronounced on the highway, either when we're attempting to pass or if the vehicle is just on cruise control and encounters a grade it considers too steep.
The transmission doesn't seem very sophisticated. Once it downshifts it can sometimes take longer to shift back than I would expect. This is annoying but I can deal with it. But the shudder is violent enough that I think something's not right, especially where it doesn't happen all the time.
My dealer couldn't reproduce the problem. Has anyone had similar experiences? I'm leaning towards motor mounts but the dealer supposedly looked at them and couldn't find a problem.
#747 of 2519 dhoff re: Warped Rotors?
Jun 29, 2001 (7:23 am)
I can relate to your Sam's club experience. Twice I bought new tires for my Vision at BJ's Wholesale Club (Sam's club equivalent).
I had my mechanic perform the first rotations and both times he told me if I had a flat on the road, I never would have been able to remove the nuts. He almost couldn't get them off with his power driver.
I also had warping issues afterward on both occasions. I tried to give them the benefit of the doubt after the first experience, but the torque matrix that's posted on the wall right in front of the mechanics is apparently just wallpaper. They obviously don't look at it.
In my opinion, any money you save on the tires at those places you'll spend on follow-up service elsewhere, and you could end up spending more. I'll never go back.
#748 of 2519 Control Arm Bushings
Jun 29, 2001 (10:42 am)
Mechanic calls to inform me that the lower bushing for the driver side control arm is causing this thumping noise I was complaining about. Two Ford dealers informed us that we had to buy the entire control arm assembly at $280 CDN per unit. No aftermarket parts available. After a discussion with the Nissan parts counter guy, we decided to try a Maxima bushing, which came separate (like it should be). Works like a charm. Not enough that Ford sticks it to you with the manifold stud problem, but they force you to pay $280 for a $30 part!
#749 of 2519 Locking Gas Cap - Stant...
Jul 02, 2001 (7:59 am)
is the oem supplier (there is an S stamp on the cap). The locking Stant 11591 (verify the part no. again) should be available from any parts store, and it works without lighting the Check Engine. The downside, you won't be able to use the oem cap lanyard, unless you devise something (which really is not a prob unless you tend to leave the cap at the pump).
You guys need to get a Torque Wrench, it is as useful as a floor jack and the cost is minimal to gain substantial performance. The key is consistency... while you may not overtorque with a short lug wrench only a click-micrometer wrench can apply it evenly. Torquing between 80-90 lbs is not significant in terms of lug nut compression, but having ONE identical torque value throughout IS.
#750 of 2519 Please Give Feedback
Jul 05, 2001 (9:42 am)
I am thinking about buying a 1999 Mercury Villager Sport........Please give me some feedback on this van!! Do you like it?? Any problems with this van??
Jul 06, 2001 (6:44 am)
I have had a 1998 Villager for 3 years. The van is comfortable and drives great. Overall it has been a reliable van. My two complaints are: 1. Cupping of rear tire. Alignment will not fix the problem. You have to rotate tires every 6-10,00 miles. I can live with this problem, because I can still get 40,000 miles from the tires.
2. A/C problems. A/C gave up at 25,000. Took it to the dealer and replaced control panel switches. Problem re-occurred at 31,000 miles but it was disappeared after a week. Now, the car has 39,000 miles, and the A/C is acting strange. It kicks on and off whenever it feels ilks. Press the A/I button and wait for it to come on. Sometimes, I need up press the A/C button ten times to get it going. Called the dealer and Ford. They will do a diagnostic test ($140) and if problem is related to switches, they will pay for the repair ( I am still stuck with the diagnostic bill). I am concerned how often do I need to deal with this problem. Anyone else has experienced similar problems with A/C. I read 200 messages and overwhelmed with owner problems. We can add this problem to the list.
#752 of 2519 Dreaded Exhaust Manifold Bolts
Jul 10, 2001 (12:27 pm)
Well, I think I'm starting to encounter the dreaded broken manifold bolt problem on my '94 Villager. I just took the Van on a 2,000 mile road trip in 100(f) temperatures, and now I can hear a leak in the engine compartment.
The van has 102k miles on it, and is also in need of a new timing belt, and probably the regular belts and hoses too. Should I go to the dealer for these fixes, or would a good independent shop be a better bet. I want the job done right, but I don't want to get taken for a ride either.