Question about 1996 Mercury Villager
My van will "intermittently" quit running. The problem is not reproducible. In most cases, it will die when you're making a turn, or when you start the car (not necessarily when it's cold. It can be after it's driven for long time), and go few feet and it will quit.
I put the car in "neutral", and wait for 3-4 seconds, and start, and it will run again, and may not die for several days !!
It has 125,000 miles. I am the original owner.
The "check engine" light isn't on. There was one code recently, it said, "Knock sensor". But my mechanic cleared it, and after 2 hours, the car stalled.
The battery is 5 years old. It has some acid leak, but, it is charging fine.
It may be the camshaft sensor in the distributor. Sometimes the optical sesor can be cleaned. Most times, need new distributor or reman from ebay.
do not replace the knock sensor, it is never bad. ANd, it is in the middle of the engine. $1000 repair for nothing.
See this ste too.
Posted on Jan 22, 2009
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