Question about 2004 Mercury Mountaineer
I have a 2004 Mercury Mountaineer as I was driving at 45 mph the whole car started shaking. I pulled into a gas station turned it off and waited a few minutes before starting it. When I crunk it up the idling was horrible and it was jerking so I put into drive and drove it home. I had my dad take it to a local shop and the codes stated that there was misfires in cylinder 1,3 and 5 so they done a compression test and there is no compression in cylinder number 3. I just need to know what could be the cause of this issue? I'm really hoping it's not the timing chain!
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: 1997 mercury villager mini van
I proceed with cauation when advising the owner to repair when they have never repaired before. Yes, your problem may very well be a thermostat, but it could also be a blown head gasket.
With the engine running, check the tail pipe to see if there are any water dropplets coming out. if there is, it is A good sign of a blown head gasket.
Replacing a thermostat is not a simple as one would think. Even before changing a thermostat or anything for that matter, you need to have a pressure test done on the cooling system. This is a small pump that one attaches to the radiator and applies pressure to the cooling system to see if there are any leaks.
I would recommend this. Take you van to an independent repair shop and talk to the manager and tell him that you want a correct diagnosis first, even if you have to pay for it. Many shops will diagnosis the problem and charge you a standard fee. It is then up to you to decide what you want to do from there.
Remember, the correct approach to any problem is a correct diagnosis.
Do not tell the shop owner what you think is the problem or what you think should be changed. Just tell them how it acts and then let them earn their money, but above all, emphazise the fact that all you want is a diagnosis.
Posted on Nov 19, 2008
This is often the result of a tire that is out of balance. Check for bubbles on any of the tires and have the tires balanced. That should clear up the problem.
Posted on Dec 05, 2009
REPLACE YOUR IDLER PULLEY , ITS CHEAP AND PROBABLY YOUR SOLUTION! ONLY A SUGGESTION , BUT GET RID OF THAT CAR. THEIR AN ELECTRICAL NIGHTMARE. I CALLED MINE THE MERCURY MISTAKE WHEN ORDERING PARTS.LOL
Posted on Feb 19, 2010
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