20 Most Recent 2000 Mercury Cougar Questions & Answers

Well that is a good and easy test. The alternator you just replaced is probably bad. Once the vehicle starts its the alternator's job to keep the vehicle running. You need to take that alternator back to the auto parts store and exchange it for a good working one.

I hope this helps you out, if it does please give me a YES that I did help you correct your problem. Thank you.

2000 Mercury... • Answered on Jun 06, 2021

I am guessing that it could be the fact that your car is very old here and has died on you and is getting ready to die too. There could also be a problem with the engine and the transmission then too.

2000 Mercury... • Answered on Apr 11, 2021

There are 3 bolts. You'll need a LOT of socket extensions and a car hoist!
and a lot of time and patients.

But an even better idea is to just check the wire connections make sure they are well connected and no gaps on the female connectors if you suspect a bad alt.

2000 Mercury... • Answered on Aug 31, 2020

Hi ,
This problem is extremly common. Let me explain something.....
Chances of the cable being broken are very slim. The cable has around 1200 lbs of tensile strength, wheras you can only exert about 30-50 lbs force while pulling the handle inside the vehicle. You can however verify the cable is still attatched by pulling on the handle and feeling behind it with a pair of needle nose pliers to grasp the cable. An extra twist down pull motion at that time can also be achieved to make the cable pull a slight bit beyond its intended travel path. If it pulls very far, it could indeed be detached from the hood latch, but this is highly unlikely. Usually the hood pin gets stuck in the lock due to the fact that people do not lubricate the locks on their car (hood, doors, trunk, rear hatch, etc.). Periodically all these locks , door pins and recievers should be lubricated with white lithium grease and the lube worked in by hand to prevent sticky lock mechanisms. (a squirt of WD-40 into your door locks as well will make them work smoother)
After you have verified your cable is indeed attatched still, push down sharply on the hood and release. This will either reset the lock mechanism or release the hood pin. Try that a couple times, pulling the inside release in between times until your hood pops open. Once open, lubricate the lock in all moving areas and manually work the lock and release a few times to work the grease into the jointed parts to prevent this from occuring again. Do this for all the locks on your vehicle and especially around the pins in the door hinges to reduce wear and insure trouble free lock mechanisms.
Please rate this answer! Thanks, Mike

2000 Mercury... • Answered on Dec 02, 2019

well when the car shuts off or stalls your check engine , oil . battery lights are all going to come on the oil light is telling you there is no oil pressure due to the car not running the battery light is going to come on due to the alternator not pushing any juice because the car is not running and the check engine light also now. check under the car and make sure that your moter did not cut,rip or fray any wires comming from the starter area. this could be a big problem and make lights flicker and the car to run funny.

2000 Mercury... • Answered on Jun 30, 2019

Sounds like an ignition switch problem. When they do not work, move the key back and forth just a little bit to see if they come back on.

2000 Mercury... • Answered on May 09, 2019

here is a pic of it.

2000 Mercury... • Answered on Apr 03, 2019

I wondering if you tensioned the belt correctly and does the same belt drive both units, Have you reconnected the little wires into the back of the alternator as well as the heavy wire

2000 Mercury... • Answered on Feb 23, 2019

In some 1999/2000 Cougars the wire between the battery and the voltage regulator(altenator) had a resistance reading that is too high. Ford has issued an TSB 00-25-6 that has instructions on how to replace this wire. The part # for the replacement wire is
1S8Z-14A411-AA. I'm in Michigan and a local dealer found one for me in South Bend,IN

2000 Mercury... • Answered on Nov 22, 2018

The TPS can play funny tricks like this. Also sounds like a throtle linkage problem as well. Do u mean disengaged rather than engaged? If you need further help, reach me via phone at https://www.6ya.com/expert/gary_9c859f4aa7e5ab10

2000 Mercury... • Answered on Mar 03, 2018

Usually it's an air leak in the intake and /or exhaust that throws fuel trim off.Bad/dirty injectors are the 2nd common cause.

2000 Mercury... • Answered on Feb 08, 2018

It may be the alternator bearing/bushing that is making the noise and may lead to alternator breakdown. This will result in battery not charging and the light on the dash coming on. You need to confirm this.

2000 Mercury... • Answered on Jan 24, 2018

Remove it completely or get a new one,alot of times they go bad believe me I have remove many it messes with your system on your car sometimes prevents you from starting vehicle.

2000 Mercury... • Answered on Jan 14, 2018

You need a code reader to get the codes.

2000 Mercury... • Answered on Dec 28, 2017

i'd say crank angle sensor gone intermittant,does'nt often throw codes as ECU usually thinks driver stalled engine as it suddenly sees no rpm signal

2000 Mercury... • Answered on Nov 20, 2017

Test for exhaust gases in the coolant (indicating a blown head gasket). This is a pretty simple test but requires special equipment. It should not be very expensive at a shop. Or you could rent the equipment and do it yourself. You tube probably has many videos explaining the procedure. Autozone, and others probably, have the loan or tool rental policy-you leave a deposit covering the cost of the tester, and when returned, you get your deposit back.

2000 Mercury... • Answered on Oct 15, 2017

Take off the lug nuts and if the wheel doesn't want to come off you may have to give it a 'mule kick'. If that doesn't work then you could try using a hammer hitting the tire only. Here's a video that will hopefully help.

2000 Mercury... • Answered on Oct 05, 2017

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