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  • burnsmr4burnsmr4 Posts: 318

    Why is the alternator/battery light coming on in 2nd gear at 6000+ RPMs? Is that bad? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  • badulahbadulah Posts: 961
    Sorry to hear about your injured Kitty. I also follow the Skip G. rule of parking. I stay as far away from everyone else as possible.

    In Dash Video:
    In NJ this is illegal in the front of the car for obvious reasons. Although I would never install it in my Cat, I do think it is very cool.
  • stageleftstageleft Posts: 391
    Thanks for the sympathy everyone. As we all know, dings look much bigger to the owner of the car that received it. It's really bad though, so I'll be approaching my Cat from the driver's side only for a while ... :^)

    I couldn't park as far away from the nimrods in this instance because it was in my development's parking area. I have to park somewhere, and up until yesterday morning my neighbors were really respectful of other cars. I'm just a little bummed that I have to call up one of those paintless dent removal places to get a quote. Hopefully it won't cost too much, and maybe I can get the other ding out at the same time.

    We shall see.


    I had the same problem. It turned out my alternator was going bad. Have your dealer run tests on that, or better yet, just get it replaced. I hope that fixes the problem, it did for me! (btw, sorry for not acknowledging the problem yesterday, but I didn't put two and two together until you reiterated your experiences.)

    Good luck.
  • benisembenisem Posts: 30
    I am not MIA, I just have not had much to say! Hmm, I was away this past weekend at a ranch in upstate NY where I was thrown from a horse. This was not that much fun.

    When I left for my trip on Friday, I dropped my Bella off at the dealer for some warranty issues:

    1. Rear Window gasket loose - dealer reapplied the gasket. (it is still loose in my opinion!)
    2. Window clanking - parts ordered
    3. worn leather seat cover - seat cover ordered
    4. passenger side rattle when air is turned on or off - parts ordered.
    5. Gear shift boot not properly on, well, this is kind of interesting.. Badulah pointed out that my gear shift was different than anyone else's. At Cougarfest I was able to confirm that mine was unique! Anyhow, they reset the boot but it is still not right. I guess I will have to make them call the guy from Auto Alliance.

    Anyhow, I have a silly question. What does OEM stand for?

    Well, I am off into my quest for a new job, and hopefully less stress!

    Speak to you all soon!
  • fredlyfredly Posts: 201
    I would have to say, my "driving" style did it to the tires, not to mention my access road at work, eats tires, very rough textured pavement(although its just been repaved, mmmmm) I think with normal driving they would last like a normal tire. Although, does any of us "Drive Normal"
  • OEM stands for origional equipment manufacture. it is used to denote the place that makes the origional parts for the car or whatever.
  • daexpertdaexpert Posts: 140
    I called Ptuning and they will be shipping the Pacesetter Exhaust by the end of the week!!! Seems like Pacesetter finally completed them, I can't wait, but it also seems that there are other exhausts (from different companies) for the Cougar coming out as well, so we'll see how this one works out for me.
  • camelardcamelard Posts: 171
    Glad your back. I think I must be turning into my Mother. Worry, worry, worry. Good luck with the job hunt. I am sure you will find something terrific in no time.

  • coolchickcoolchick Posts: 174
    I'll be out of touch until next week. I'm flying out to Vegas tonight. The only thing (besides the $$$) that has me nervous is the thought of having to leave Adelaide in long-term parking. Poor thing!
  • badulahbadulah Posts: 961
    Due to all of the complaints about the Pacesetter, I have decided to build my own Borla exhaust kit. My plan is to buy the mufflers and the resinator that come with the Borla Kit, and then take them to an exhaust shop and have them use the Borla kit specs to build the rest of the system. This should give me the same performance results as the actual system and yet save me quite a few dollars.

    I called Visteon on Tuesday for my body kit, but I have not heard back from them yet. I would like to have the kit put on sometime this month. I'm also going to need new tires before October is over. I have to get my kitty inspected for the first time, and I don't think the Firestones will pass.
  • daexpertdaexpert Posts: 140
    That's not a bad idea, how much would you spend in total, including installation? As far as the Pacesetter goes, I'm getting it for $142, so that's not bad at all, I figured that even if it stinks, my loss is not bad at all.
  • malibumalibu Posts: 155
    You mentioned an inspection, what kind of inspection do you have to go through back there?

    We just have smog inspections here.
  • stageleftstageleft Posts: 391
    Coolchick, have a nice trip!

    Everyone: Hey! Happy Cougaring!
  • badulahbadulah Posts: 961
    Actually I have no idea how much it will cost, but when I find out, i'll let you know.

    NJ state requires a safety/exhaust inspection every two years. They check the breaks, tires, lights, windows (no tint allowed on front windows, but that's why I go to a private inspection station. They usually let it slide), exhaust levels, and a few other things. It's really a pain in the rear, but if you don't do it and get nailed by the Police, the fine is $150.00.
  • malibumalibu Posts: 155
    I can see where it would be a pain, but I bet you guys don't have alot of junkers that are unsafe driving around like out here. The smog check out here is really a joke, some of the cars on the road are completely unsafe, but if they pass a smog check it's okay. I'm glad my little kitty will be safe and smogged for many years to come!
  • camelardcamelard Posts: 171
    I checked out a Canadian site for the 2001 Cougar and lo and behold the base model is the V6 with the V6 S as an option. No I4. The Mercury site still lists an I4 as the base. Given the higher gas taxes in this country I would have thought the I4 would be a bigger seller here than in the U.S. Apparently not, and I must admit I have never seen one here. Just an observation.

    Malibu, Badulah:

    Consider yourselves lucky that there is any kind of inspection required. Ontario was supposed to implement exhaust inspections but I think they are still in pilot mode.

    As far as safety inspections, ha, I wish. I see far to many cars on the road with: no plates; bumpers hanging by a thread; doors that fly open around every bend; missing windows; missing headlights, tail lights, etc.. and, my personal favourite:

    Police car with the roof light rack listing precariously to one side. This was actually an RCMP vehicle which we later learned was brand new and the officer it was assigned to was so proud of being given one of the new vehicles he proceeded immediately to the nearest car wash. Obviously not the touchless kind.
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    There has been much interest here about Ford/Mercury stuffing the 3.0 litre V6 Duratech under a Cougar's hood to give future models a bit more muscle. Perhaps we should all take a deep breath and read the "WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 4, 2000
    Exclusive Report on the Jaguar V6 S-Type" article at:
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    Anyone owning a Cougar WITHOUT antilock brakes, built before March 17, 2000, should read this from :

    Ford Motor Company will issue a safety recall concerning certain 1996 through 2000 model year Contour and Mystique models and 1999 through2000 model year Cougars for a possible brake defect.

    The vehicle's Brake Pressure Control Reducing Valve will be replaced under safety recall number 00S03. According to Ford, "on some of the affected vehicles, one or both of the brake Pressure Control Reducing Valves (PCRV) may malfunction due to corrosion. If both PCRVs malfunction, both rear wheels may lock up when braking, potentially resulting in loss of control."

    The recall will include the following vehicles:

    * All 1996 through 2000 Model Year Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique Vehicles without Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with build dates 4/1/1996 through 2/4/00 at the Kansas City Assembly Plant and build dates 4/15/96 through 2/18/00 at the Cuautitlan Mexico Assembly Plant.

    * All 1999 through 2000 Model Year Cougar Vehicles without Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) built from Job1 through 3/16/00 at Flat Rock Assembly Plant
  • camelardcamelard Posts: 171
    Thanks for the heads up. I don't have ABS so will check it out with my dealer immediately.

  • stageleftstageleft Posts: 391
    Thanks for that great information, Blane! We should all hold our breath, because honestly I believe we're going to have the 2.5L in our stable for the duration of the Cougar line.

    Odd how they don't sell I4's in Canada. But then again, they're Fords in Canada now, right? I'm just wondering if they plan on implementing any of the euro features in Canadian models like the climate control system or anything.

    Take care all, and have a great and safe three day weekend! (If you don't have a three day weekend, sorry, but I do so I'm making sure the Cat gets it's bath.)

    Later, and Happy Cougaring!
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