Question about 1997 Mercury Tracer
You're going to need gaskets for sure, but you're going to be better off spending a lot more on parts as well. To access the oil pump, you have to disassemble a LOT of the engine, as it's driven off the crankshaft and is behind the timing belt sprocket on the crank, which is behind your main belt pulley at the bottom center of the engine. All of that (including the timing belt) must be removed to change the oil pump. You are better off buying the timing belt service components (timing belt, accessory belt(s), timing tensioner, water pump, thermostat) and installing them at the same time to save yourself from paying the labor to duplicate the effort later on - it's all coming apart anyway, so you may as well install new gear now and not have to worry about it in the future.
Posted on Aug 26, 2008
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