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Heater core does anybody know how to cahange a heater core in a 93 mercury tracer with a/c ? need new heater core how to get out 1996 XR7

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It is located under the dashboard against the firewall of the passenger seat. i recomend buying a repair manual from your local auto parts store before attempting as it requires draining, flushing, refilling and bleeding the cooling system as well as removing many other componets like the entire dashboard and thermostat

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Heater on my 93 mercury tracer blows cold. I just replaced the water pump and thermosate.

Might have a bad heater actuator which opens/closes the valve that allows hot coolant to pass into the heater core.

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Why does my oil gauge keep bouncing rapidly up and down when im at a complete doesnt do it while i drive. By the way i have a 1996 mercury cougar xr7

You could try replacing the oil pressure switch? I don't know if that will fix it, for certain?
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We changed the heater core and the thermostat on a 1996 cougar xr7 but we still do not have any hot air---what other part is not functioning or why do we not have any hot air?

Try checking the heater control valve. Follow the heater hose from the engine, and as you get closer to the firewall, you should run into it. It is in line with the hose, and should have a vacuum hose connected to it. Apply vacuum to the valve and it should move. If not, then replace the valve. If there is no vacuum when engine running and heater turned on, then check the hose for leaks or the vacuum source.

Feb 08, 2011 | 1996 Mercury Cougar XR7

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Bought a used 1996 couger and the heater core is by passed. im asumming the heat core needs replacing is it necessary to remove the entire dash my haynes manual does not say to remove it but when i follow...

1996 mercury cougar heater core replacement
we just bought a car with the same problem

we did not have the bolt above the gas pedal
"1 on the tunnel above the gas pedal"

Jan 22, 2011 | 1996 Mercury Cougar XR7

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Does the whole instrument panel have to be removed to replace heater core

All the information I've ever found about the heater core in a Mercury Tracer say's yes. You must remove the whole dash and everything to get to it.
I hear that the Haynes repair manual for that car has a good step by step set of instructions for doing it. good luck.

Jan 08, 2011 | 1997 Mercury Tracer

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Check the vacuum on the heater hose. Comes off the top of the T-stat and goes to a vacuum valve on the fire wall. Once you find it you can test it with a hand held vacuum pump.


Nov 23, 2009 | 1996 Mercury Cougar XR7

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I am changing the heater core in a 97 cougar XR7 and need to know what the flat rate charge will be.

Hello heidicrebs: My name is Roger and I will answer for you. The time allowance for changing the heater core is 7.5 hrs. labor and 1.4 hrs. to evacuate and recharge the air conditioning. As for the dollar cost you will need to find out what the prevailing labor rate is at the shops in your area are. Should you need further help please just ask. Please rate the answer you received. This way I know if the answer was helpful. Thank you for using Fix Ya. Roger

Oct 26, 2009 | 1997 Mercury Cougar XR7

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Green liquid is leaking on the inside of the car

sounds like the heater core is leaking, have car pressure tested

Jun 30, 2009 | 1996 Mercury Cougar XR7

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I have a 1989 Mercury Tracer that the heater core has gone out off. This is not my problem my problem is no one where I live can tell me where the heater core is located or how to gain access to it. Can...

The heater core is inside the heater unit that is located under the dash. You remove the unit and the heater core is inside it. The job is alot of work, about 5.0 hours for a professional that has experience doing them. If you are going to try to do it yourself get a repair manual for your car, it will have pictures and step by step instructions for replacement.

Jan 28, 2009 | 1998 Mercury Tracer

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