20 Most Recent 1983 Mercury Cougar Questions & Answers

Remove dash and heater box this will let you get to lid to heater core.

1983 Mercury... | Answered on Feb 11, 2014


The condenser is to suppress the points arc

1983 Mercury... | Answered on Apr 02, 2013

Oil pump is in the oil pan. I hope you took pan off before asking question!

1983 Mercury... | Answered on Sep 20, 2011

have the fuel pump pressure checked, if you think you have a vapor lock,, and your going to think I'm totally bonkers, But an Old man told me this years ago so I tried it, clip 6 or 7 clothes pins on the rubber section of fuel line, I have no clue how this works or why, But it does

1983 Mercury... | Answered on Jul 20, 2011

The basics we need to test for are;
1.spark at the plugs(it should jump a test plug with a 1/2 inch gap).
2.fuel at the carb,hold open the choke butterfly and twist throttle linkage,should be a good spray in both venturis if 2 or 4 barrel carb or just one in single barrel carb.
3.compression at all cylinders within 10% of each other and the factory spec,although a lower reading should still start.
Check to see if the carbon stem is still inside the center of the distributor cap,without this the spark will not get from coil to plugs.
Over the years I have seen these fail to start when the carb coke butterfly sticks closed,check this when you run test 2.it should be slightly sprung as you open it.I think this year was either a manual choke on a cable or had a heat coil on a rod to open it.
Hope this helps,or get back with findings and we can go further to solve it.

1983 Mercury... | Answered on Apr 11, 2011

Fig. 6: 8-cylinder engine - 302, 429, 460 Firing Order: 1-5-4-2-6-3-7-8 Distributor Rotation: Counterclockwise 86672a01.gif
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1983 Mercury... | Answered on Oct 08, 2010

take all the bolts out and pry it off, be carefull not to bend it

1983 Mercury... | Answered on Jun 19, 2010

it could be your fuel filter ot the fuel rail

1983 Mercury... | Answered on Feb 12, 2010

#1 Look carefully at the CENTER of the hub cap. Gently pry the center cap off. The rest will be self explanatory.
#2 Take one lug nut off . Sometimes there is an extra set of small lugs to hold the hub cap on.
I do apologize for the two choices. Just cannot remember which way the Cougar works.

1983 Mercury... | Answered on Feb 09, 2010

No. Just a socket and ratchet. If the rod fights with you when you're putting the new one in, just turn the engine over by hand a bit.

1983 Mercury... | Answered on Oct 27, 2009

none that i am aware of, and I know 100's

1983 Mercury... | Answered on Oct 02, 2009

hot to positive side of coil negative to points in distributor hope this helps

1983 Mercury... | Answered on Feb 10, 2009

Have the car scanned for diagnostic trouble code's . Full vehicle scan , GEM - generic electronic module - this is ford early body control module , the instrument cluster also has a microprocessor inside that can store DTC'S . It's hard to try an fix something when you don't know how it works .

Mercury Cougar... | Answered on Mar 05, 2019

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