Question about 1998 Mercury Tracer
I have checked for vacuum leaks just replaced alternator the voltage regulator was bad has new head and all new gaskets new plug coil is good no engine light or bad codes
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
the very 1st thing u do is have the trouble code checked that turned on the light, there are well over 200 possible reasons for a check engine light, a fuel filter is not one of them.
Posted on May 26, 2009
See if you can get the codes. If it is still number 4 only (probably a P0304) it could be the fuel flow through injector 4. Try some Techron cleaner and make sure number 4 plug isn't fouled. Also get the compression checked on number 4.
If not, it could be the ignition control module assuming all other changes have been made. If you get a code it will help. A P0300 would point toward the ICM. If it is number 4 only it could still be the ICM. Expect around $150 for the module if you do it yourself. The ICM may be under the coil pack. If you are getting a P1361 and/or P1362 it could be the Cam position sensor. They are around $40 and are usually near the number one cylinder. Mine is hiding under the water pump pulley. It is a Buick with the 3.8 engine but the principal is the same.
Posted on Mar 14, 2010
THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO MINE. AFTER $400 I REALIZED IT WAS THE FUSE WHICH IS CONNECTED TO THE ALTERNATOR. IT WAS BROKEN AND WOULD COME LOOSE AT ANY SLIGHT BUMP, THEN IMMEDIATELY KILL THE BATTERY. FIRST THE RADIO WENT OUT THEN THE DASH LIGHTS. ANYWAY I GOT A NEW ONE FOR $40 AND PROBLEM SOLVED. =]
Posted on Jun 16, 2010
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