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#485 of 514 2007 Mariner with 2000 RPM cold Idle
Dec 05, 2007 (7:15 pm)
Is it normal for my 2007 Mariner to idle at 2000 rpm when I have a cold weather start? It idles at 2000 rpm for about 4 seconds, then drops down to 1200 rpm over the next five seconds. My dealership says this is normal and no codes show up in their engine analyzer.
The history on this car may be important. Nine weeks after I purchased the car I was in an accident which sliced off the front end back to the radiator and frame. Two months and $14,000 later, the cold weather has arrived.
Should I be concerned about a high rpm before oil has reached engine parts? Thank you for any advice you can offer.
#486 of 514 Re: 2007 Mariner with 2000 RPM cold Idle [robinhirth]
Dec 30, 2007 (6:25 pm)
I know your post is almost a month old, but I thought I'd reply anyway. My brother just bought a 2008 Mariner Premier a couple of months ago, and he's complained of exactly the same thing. But, the dealership said this is normal control of the initial idle speed by the ECM. My brother was also worried about the top end (valvetrain) lubrication when cold during the initial 2,000 RPM idle, but again, it appears perfectly normal. If you are concerned, you may wish to consider using synthetic oil in the specified viscosity range, as it tends to provide quicker lubrication at start up, especially if you live in a cold climate and park the Mariner outside.
#487 of 514 Re: 2007 Mariner with 2000 RPM cold Idle [colloquor]
Jan 09, 2008 (4:49 pm)
Thank you so much for responding to my question about my Mariner's cold idle. You were the only person to reply so it is comforting to know that your brother was also told it was normal.
#488 of 514 Oil Changes on Mariner
Feb 23, 2008 (5:21 am)
Just bought an 08 Mariner Premier. The book says to do oil changes at 7,500 miles. That seems to be a really long time between changing it. Has anyone followed it and been OK or followed it and had problems?
Mar 04, 2008 (10:56 am)
I'm told that the 08's changes have eliminated some problems from previous years.
Specifically exessicve wind noise (internal sound proofinng) and the wheel cupping problem.
For those that do have the 08, w/a V6 engine, how do you feel the overall ride is, city and highway?
Are you happy with it?
#490 of 514 locate pcv valve
Mar 07, 2008 (7:06 pm)
Can anybody tell me where the pcv valve is on a1998 mercury mountaineer v8
Apr 22, 2008 (11:09 pm)
My 2005 V6 3.0L engine, at a stop when in drive or reverse the engine reduces rpm and stalls. Please advise. Thanks J
#492 of 514 2005 Mercury Mariner Idle Problem
Jun 17, 2008 (3:17 pm)
I have a 2005 Mercury Mariner FWD 4 Cyl. and about 78000 miles on it. When I come to a stop from driving the RPM drops and the engine gets real sluggish and dies. It has been doing this for about 1000 miles so far and tool it into a Ford Dealership, wrong thing to do. Charged me $73 to tell me the Idle Air Control Valve was bad, so I replaced it and about 24 hrs later started having the same problem all over again. Took it again to another Ford Dealership out of state as I was on a trip. Cost me $93 to tell me there was nothing the computer could find and no faults in the memory. You have to get the engine hot and be running the AC for this to act up, any ideas anyone?
#493 of 514 Are the seats nicer than the Escape? Better interior?
Aug 27, 2008 (4:44 am)
I looked at a Ford Escape a few years ago and basically I like the vehicle, but I thought the interior was cheesy and the seats were awful, so it got eliminated from my list. I'm just starting to look around again for when my lease is up, and I need a vehicle that will haul 'stuff' but isn't a land yacht. I haven't actually gone to look at these yet, but I was wondering about the interior comfort issue. I'm fairly picky about seats and the person who would most often be riding with me is incredibly picky about seat comfort due to a bad back.
Also wondering about long term durability. My family's experiences with Fords have not been too good.
#494 of 514 Problem With Power Steering Pump
Nov 09, 2008 (2:05 pm)
I bought my 2006 Mariner brand new and have had it in the dealership now 3 times for the same problem. My power steering keeps going out on me. The first time they said it was the power steering switch and they replaced that. 8 months later, it happened again and they said they probably just replaced it the first time with a faulty switch and replaced it again. Low and behold 8 months later, it happens again! This time they said they had to call Ford and find out what to do and they told them to change the power steering pump. Has anyone else had this problem? Also, my warranty is up in a couple months, do I take my chance on keeping this car? Is there anyway I can make the dealership take it back after this has happened 3 times? Any advice is greatly appreciated!