Last post on Feb 27, 2011 at 6:50 AM
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Mercury Mountaineer, Interior, Lighting, SUV
#5 of 7 Re: 2003 Mountaineer Interior Light Problem [ks45]
Jun 20, 2010 (1:08 pm)
Sorry, I just saw this. I remember I did a google search, but never came up with the exact directions. I do remember I popped off the small panel around the door pull handle and there was a screw behind that, then I snapped off the panel that held the electical locks/windows and unplugged all of those connections, then I think I just lifted up on the entire door panel and it came off. I hope this helps.
#6 of 7 Re: 2003 Mountaineer Interior Light Problem [dnyelator]
Feb 12, 2011 (3:20 pm)
I had the same exact problem. went to dealer. They wanted $500+ plus to look at it and "fix" it...then the guy took pity on me, outside of warranty, two kids in diapers in car screaming, and my look of dismay with so many problems that would cost a ridiculous amount of money to fix b/c all were out of warranty...anyway! The guy whispered to me that I could spray the latches of the car doors real good with WD40, opening and closing the latches quickly in order to really get the oil in there. IT WORKED!!! That was 3 years ago (I have a 2003 Merc Mountaineer I bought new), no problems since.
I have also had the tailgate support beam (not sure what to call it but it is the bottom frame of the glass tail gate that pops up?) crack. I have seen so many other Mountaineers w/ the same problem (Ford Explorers too). The dealer flat out refused to fix it. Said not their problem. I really wish it was. It must be a design flaw if it happens to so many of these cars.
The other big problem is that it stalls out now, randomly, and then will start back up. Mechanic says they won't be able to find the problem until the car completely dies. This type of intermittent problem is so hard to find, BUT COMMON! There were 32 other posts on that topic. What do I do? I feel like I should just get rid of the car...what do you think?
#7 of 7 kchambers
Feb 27, 2011 (6:50 am)
I have a 2003 mountaineer that stalled regularly and restarted after a few seconds. I traced my problem to clogged fuel injectors. The amount of fuel needed to keep the car running just was not flowing fast enough. This could be easily fixed or very expensive to fix. The easy fix is to put some injector cleaner in your gas tank when you fill up. The expensive fix if that doesn't work, is to track down the bad injector or injectors and have them replaced.