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Engine stall I have a 1998 mercury mystique and it is now stalling and sputtering when the car is idling. What could the problem be?

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  • virenaud Jun 25, 2008

    I didn't rate this yet. Just looking at this now. Will let you know when I look into what the problem is.

  • Anonymous Oct 18, 2008

    Same problem i am having ... cam sensor wiring harness is bad. It was recalled. Not sure if last owner had it fixed.



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Cam sensor wiring harnesses have gone bad in these cars. There was a recall.

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The fuel injectors may need to be cleaned. Also the issue could be the fuel pump or fuel pressure regulator. You can test this by renting a fuel pressure guage from the auto store and hooking it up to the fuel rail on your engine. The port you hook it to is called a schrader valve and looks similar to a tire stem valve. If the pressure is low the problem could be either the fuel pressure regulator or the fuel pump. Good luck and if you found this solution helpful please rate it.

Thanks - Tech101

Posted on Jun 24, 2008

  • Justin Jun 24, 2008

    Can I ask why I was rated inappropriate? I feel my solution was very helpful. Can you please reconsider this rating?

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