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#880 of 1081 Brake concern
Oct 06, 2000 (1:59 am)
Anyone owning a Cougar WITHOUT antilock brakes, built before March 17, 2000, should read this from www.blueovalnews.com :
Ford Motor Company will issue a safety recall concerning certain 1996 through 2000 model year Contour and Mystique models and 1999 through2000 model year Cougars for a possible brake defect.
The vehicle's Brake Pressure Control Reducing Valve will be replaced under safety recall number 00S03. According to Ford, "on some of the affected vehicles, one or both of the brake Pressure Control Reducing Valves (PCRV) may malfunction due to corrosion. If both PCRVs malfunction, both rear wheels may lock up when braking, potentially resulting in loss of control."
The recall will include the following vehicles:
* All 1996 through 2000 Model Year Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique Vehicles without Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with build dates 4/1/1996 through 2/4/00 at the Kansas City Assembly Plant and build dates 4/15/96 through 2/18/00 at the Cuautitlan Mexico Assembly Plant.
* All 1999 through 2000 Model Year Cougar Vehicles without Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) built from Job1 through 3/16/00 at Flat Rock Assembly Plant
Oct 06, 2000 (2:09 am)
Thanks for the heads up. I don't have ABS so will check it out with my dealer immediately.
Oct 06, 2000 (12:40 pm)
Thanks for that great information, Blane! We should all hold our breath, because honestly I believe we're going to have the 2.5L in our stable for the duration of the Cougar line.
Odd how they don't sell I4's in Canada. But then again, they're Fords in Canada now, right? I'm just wondering if they plan on implementing any of the euro features in Canadian models like the climate control system or anything.
Take care all, and have a great and safe three day weekend! (If you don't have a three day weekend, sorry, but I do so I'm making sure the Cat gets it's bath.)
Later, and Happy Cougaring!
#883 of 1081 Canadian I4 no more
Oct 06, 2000 (12:52 pm)
I was talking to one of the salespeople recently at the dealer. They told me the I4 wasn't going to be available in Canada for 2001.
#884 of 1081 Lifter Clatter
Oct 06, 2000 (1:50 pm)
When I first start my car in the morning, I hear the lifters clatter a little bit. The noise does not persist while I'm driving. It only happens during that first start up of the day. Has anyone else had the same thing happening to them? Should I be concerned about it?
Oct 06, 2000 (4:20 pm)
I too hear a slight chatter right after the first start up of the day. It goes away after a few seconds.
Oct 06, 2000 (5:41 pm)
From the posts that I've read here, is it just me or does it seem like every Cougar owner brings his/her Cat to the dealer for some kinda repair every month.
I've had my Cat since March, 2000, have about 10,000 miles on her, and I haven't once gone to the dealer. I prefer to go to my neighborhood mechanic to change the oil. Am I missing out on anything here?
I know there's been a lot of TSB posted but none of them applies to me. My Cat (knock on wood) is running fine. Somehow I feel like I should take her to the dealer for something.
Oct 06, 2000 (6:27 pm)
I noticed last night when I have the fog lights on and turn on my bright headlights the fog lignts go off, is this normal? I'm not sure if it's a safety thing so you don't blind people or if something is wrong. I read the owners manual front to back last night and it doesn't mention a single word. Thanks.
#888 of 1081 Fog Light Operation
Oct 06, 2000 (8:57 pm)
Your fog lights are running like they are supposed to. It's pretty logical when you think about it. If you are running your high beams during foggy conditions your an idiot because the reflections of the lights off the fog will blind you. So, if you're high beams are on the car figures there is no need for the fog lights, it would only compound the problem. These lights are used wrong in the states by a majority drivers. In Eurore, it's considered rude to be using the fog lights in anything but inclimate weather.
Oct 06, 2000 (9:31 pm)
Cougar's are still under the Mercury brand here in Canada.
Although I haven't had my Cat as long as you (since June for me) I haven't had mine back to the dealership at all. Just to jiffy lube for the oil change. So far Nimue is running great.
Have a great weekend all.