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#1941 of 1950 Re: front end problem with my cougar [tracys68]
Apr 08, 2009 (12:45 pm)
I had this problem. It was caused by deterioration of front lower control arm bushings on both sides. The fix was to replace the two lower control arms.
#1942 of 1950 need diagram for spark plugs 2001 Mercury Cougar
May 25, 2009 (2:57 pm)
I need to check my spark plugs in my 2001 mercury cougar. Its not running right and I wanna make sure the plugs are good.... does anyone know where i can find a diagram for the plugs? thanks.. moore4leahyahoo.com PLEASE HELP ME!!! I have never rec'd an answer from this site.....please help me. If there is a mechanic (local) I NEED one desperately. Brooksville Florida...off Cortez in Brookridge. Thank you and I appreciate any help with this. Leah
#1943 of 1950 coolant!?!?big deal?
Jul 09, 2009 (10:06 pm)
I am having an apparent coolant problem with my wife's 2000 cougar and as I read the drivers handbook it really seems to emphacize that it needs some special coolant and to NOT mix the green anti freeze with it. is there anything but green anti freeze? Guess I am a little out of date?
#1944 of 1950 Engine sound
Aug 02, 2009 (1:15 pm)
My 2001 Cougar makes a whoo whoo whoo sound and will try and stall when I put in park. It's been doing this for quite some time. Just a strange noise. When I get up to about 65+, I don't usually hear the sound. I've had the injectors cleaned out, etc. Just wondering if anyone has the same problem.
Aug 05, 2009 (1:00 pm)
I am looking to buy a '99 Mercury Cougar V6 with about 80,000 kms on it. As Cougar owners, i expect you will best know the problems associated with the car. I just want to know what i should look out for when i go to test drive the car. For example i have been doing a lot of reading on other forums and i know the stereos are problematic, as are the sunroofs... Are there other things i should look for that will cause future problems?
#1946 of 1950 trunk lid won't close
Aug 20, 2009 (6:08 am)
2000 cougar started making grinding noises when utilizing the remote trunk opener. Now the lid will close but keeps popping open. the small lever in the lock mechanism that seems to block the closer hook. Tried pulling the trunk release, clicking the remote, changing the remote battery, using the key. None will allow the lid to close completely . Any new approaches ?">
#1947 of 1950 Engine sound
Aug 20, 2009 (10:56 am)
Sorry, no problem like that on my end. Car just makes a constant noise and tries to stall when I stop and sometimes cannot get any power for excelleration.
Jun 09, 2010 (11:17 am)
hello everyone i have purchased one of these beautiful machines and it has broken down on me. i took a look under the hood and found out the previous owner had put the wrong battery in the car... just my luck haha i would love to fix it however when i put the right battery in it wont start still it cranks but wont start. could the wrong battery have caused other problems?
#1949 of 1950 My Cougar is killing me
Jan 16, 2012 (11:35 am)
Just bought a 99 Mercury 2.5 Liter Cougar. (Should've done my research first.) Half the time I'd go to start it and the starter would grind 2-3 times before it started. As of late, it would just die on me. I learned that all I had to do was wiggle the 2 connections on the positive battery terminal and it would start right up. Though the head lights, and dash lights would flicker. Well, last week the battery light came on, (for the first time.) I drove it till it wouldn't even turn over. It was obvious the terminals and positive cable needed replaced. I changed the positive battery cable, 175 amp fuse that sits between the solenoid and the Starter, and just bought a new battery. It started and ran, just the damn battery light was still on, and it wouldn't keep a charge. I went to PEP-BOYS for a voltage reading on the alternator, and battery. He did it twice, and both times he said that both were bueno. The only thing he says that popped up was something to do with my heater, or the heating. I thought about it a lil bit, & figured it was probably an electrical issue causing all this. Well I decided to trace ground wires to see if that what was killing my car. OMG, I don't see how the damn thing ran at all, looking underneath it. I found wires coming from my exhaust that were burnt in half, tied, and stuffed in the engine, (Later learned they were o2 sensors) Wires from the firewall, that were to the fog lights, side lights, head lights, etc. were just cut and taped. Only the high beams, blinkers, and running lights were connected. Quite a few ground wires looked old, and needed replaced, or moved to a cleaner spot. So I did just that. In the process I snapped what I believe to be a vacuum hose. I also noticed that the solenoid looks as if its in major oxidation mode. I also replaced fuse #13 (I believe is engine management,) and I took out the alarm fuse to replace the fried lighter fuse. I then rechecked all my connections, and hooked the battery back up. FML!!! Go figure, it wouldn't even turn over. All my interior lights, radio, & head lights were on, and my battery read 12.5 V. What is going on here?
After researching it a lil bit I concluded that it could be a number of things. Not to mention the new Positive battery cable has a pigtail spliced with the terminal. Curious about that truth be told. Which reason out of the 10 could cause the car to die, and not even turn over.
#1950 of 1950 Re: My Cougar is killing me [jeremy_817]
Jan 17, 2012 (2:23 pm)
That is one of they saddest car stories that I've ever read. I am not an electrical person so I feel your pain. I have a 2002 Cougar which has caused no trouble whatsoever. But it is a Florida car never in harsh weather extremes, i.e., salt and snow free roads.
Besides being a hard working shade tree mechanic, you write very well. If your experiences with your Couger weren't so frustrating for you, your discription of the myriad of problems is actually kind of funny in perverted sort of way.
Seriously, I can only offer on sympathy for your Cougar problems. Suggest you sell the car.