Three Common Problems with Mercury Tracer You Should Avoid by Fixing ASAP
Your Tracer. Cool three- or five-door hatchback, sensible four-door sedan, or snazzy five-door station wagon, its whole life, it's been everything a car from Mercury should be -- dependable, fun to drive, and best of all, affordable to keep up. Service it regularly, and it should stay that way, for decades, hundreds of thousands of miles.
It's a good thing you came to us here at Ford OEM Parts Direct for maintenance advice; we're glad to help. Here's a few issues the car might have, and what to do if you run into them.
1. A Bad Cylinder Head
If your Tracer is running rough and noisy and overheating, there's a good chance the valve seats have fallen out of the cylinder head. (It's even more likely if the valves have cracks between them.) This was a known issue for models from between 1991 and 1999 -- those with 130,000 miles or less, usually. You'll need to replace the cylinder head.
2. A Faulty Distributor
Ignition failure in a Tracer has many causes, but if you're running into it, and your ride's from between '91 and '99, then most likely, it's because your distributor's gotten clogged up with motor oil. That's happened because of a bad O-ring seal, specifically. You'll probably need to replace both.
3. A Failed Power Steering Pump
Tracer models from the 90s had known issues with their power steering pumps. Does yours growl when you turn your steering wheel? Most likely, that pump's damaged; its fluid's gotten contaminated with metal particulate. You'll have to replace it.
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