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  • I just purchased a 99 cougar about 2 or so weeks ago.When I bought the car I noticed that when I hit the brakes it jerks to the right and left real bad.(mainly the right).I took it to a shop and they said it needed a caliper,rotar,ball joint,tie rod.I took it back to where I got it from and after some hassle they replaced the ball joint(drivers side) and rear wheel cylinders(they were leaking fluid).anyway after they fixed those problems I drove away and when I hit the brakes it still jerked to the right and then it would shudder real bad almost to the point it would bog the engine down!Well needless to say,I went out that day and bought a caliper.Took some of the shudder out but not all of it.then I bought the caliper for the other side,new rotars for both sides,the other caliper and new brake shoes.It still jerks to the right real bad and it still shudders when I hit the brakes.Can anyone help me with this problem?This is the first mercury Ive owned and I really like the car.Also,I have the 2.0 engine and I have some major hesitation when I take off.Ive put new plugs in and that has not helped.Im also consuming a huge amount of gas since Ive replaced the plugs.any help is greatly appreciated! :cry:
  • i have a 1997 mercury cougar with a 3.8 liter v6. it only has 92000 miles on it. the power on this car sucks. i was wondering what is the biggest engine i can squeeze into the engine bay. if anyone out there can help it would be greatly appreciated.
  • my 97 cougar has a 3.8 liter V6 with 90000 miles on it. i have had the shocks and struts, a tune up, a freeze plug, all of the O2 sensors, motor mounts, and the mass airflow sensor replaced. also i have had the engine, radiator, and transmission flushed. now when i sit at a red light for a couple of minutes my car gets really hot and dies. can anyone help me out?
  • How can I find leather car seats to replace mine?
  • I previously owned a 99 Cougar that was nothing but problems... but 2 years ago I bought a 02 Anniversary Edition and haven't had any problems until now. My moonroof motor has gone out, same as my last car, and its not covered by the warranty. Basically, it will $800 for a new motor for the moonroof if bought from the Ford dealership. Of course I don't want to do this, but don't have many options. Does anyone know of another place I could get one? Thanks!
  • shyguyhereshyguyhere Posts: 2
    well i dont know what the problem is but i just bought a 99 cougar for my daughter and it is doing the same thing if u find a way to fix it could u plz let me know what to do to fix it. thank u troy
  • shyguyhereshyguyhere Posts: 2
    well i got a 99 cougar for my kid and when u hit the brakes it pulls to the right.I have put new pads ,rotors,calipers,and brake lines in and it still pulls if anyone can help that would be great.
  • Hi , My daughter has the flickering problem. We have replaced 5 alternator , which is a six hour job because of where it's located. Usally the flickering stops for awhile but always returns.........Have you found out why it does this??? I would love to know. Right now her signal and hazzard lights only work sometimes. Gotta love the Cougar. :cry:
  • I have had to replace my alternator four times already on my 2000 Mercury Cougar. I typically get a year or 2 from each alternator. I took my car to the dealer several times and they just replaced the alternator. It wasn't until my last alternator that they realized that there was a recall on the battery wiring. I believe this is only on the 2.5L V6 model. Type in mercury cougar + recalls and you will see which recalls are on the car.
  • A few days ago I had to replace the battery on my Mercury Cougar 2000 after just under two years. Luckily it was under warranty and I got a free full replacement. The next night I started the car and pressed the brake pedal to put the car into reverse. As I did so the lights dimmed and the idling level dropped. I backed up and put into drive. All the lights came on including the brake light and the neddles on the odometer and speedometer went all the way up and came back down. The car stalled out and shut off. I was able to restart and it did it one more time. I started again and it was fine and I was able to drive home. At home I started again and the same problem. I had the repair shop disconnect and reconnect the battery cables to reset it. The last couple of days the car has been fine, but I am not sure when and if this problem will reoccur. According to the repair shop the battery and alternator tested good. Anyone experienced a similiar problem? Thanks.
  • Found the re-call . Thanks so much . The number to Ford about this re-call and other is 1-800-392-3673. I so hope this works. ;)
  • olmnfxrolmnfxr Posts: 1
    Due to my baby nipping a truck in the rear end; we now need all of her front end. I'm especially interested in where to find the complete head light assemblies as my normal sources are out of them. Some one please help as we want to get back, "on the road again".
    THANKS
  • donny3donny3 Posts: 9
    I am new bear with me. my 1997 mercury cougar has a dead battery every morning
    the starter solenoid seems to kick in when i try to start but it doesn't turn over
    I pulled the starter it checked out fine. I would like to check out the starter relay but can't find it can you help ???

    shortstuff
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,896
    Before you check anything like the starter relay, I'd try the simple thing first. Disconnect the battery and clean the terminals. It MIGHT be as simple as that.

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  • donny3donny3 Posts: 9
    the only thing you mentioned that could improve your heating problem was having th radiator flushed. take a few more steps. is your fan belt worn out? is your water pump working? replace the thermostat! are your water hoses collapsing ? is the water passages clogged up? do you use the "proper antifreeze? yes anti freeze it is a coolant and engine protector.
  • donny3donny3 Posts: 9
    I did also charged the battery which helped the battery was week. it is fully charged now still the starter wont turn over it did check good when tested. i am still looking for the location of the relay. something is discharging the battery over night. stuck relay????
  • donny3donny3 Posts: 9
    IF YOU HAVEN'T GOTTEN THE ROOF MOTOR REPLACED A GOOD PLACED TO GET ONE IS THE AUTOMOTIVE JUNK YARDS, CHECK THE YELLOW PAGES UNDER USED AUTO PARTS. THEN YOU WILL NEED SOMEONE TO INSTALL IT.
    GOOD LUCK!
  • donny3donny3 Posts: 9
    I AM GUESSING FROM WHAT YOU HAVE SAID YOU STILL HAVE A SHORT IN THE SYSTEM TRY PULLING THE STEERING WHEEL SOMETHING (TURN SIGNAL MECHANISM?) SHORTS IN THE SYSTEM WILL DAMAGE THE ALTERNATOR -
    POWER SPIKES- ALSO CHECK OUT THE THROTTLE POSITION SENSOR IF IT HAS ONE. LOOK AT ALL ELECT. CONNECTORS. GOOD LUCK.
  • donny3donny3 Posts: 9
    IS YOUR FUEL PUMP WORKING? DO YOU HAVE IGNITION? IT'S NOT A GOOD IDEA BUT THE BEST I HAVE IS PULL ONE SPARK OUT CONNECT IT TO IT'S LEAD
    LAY IT ON THE ENGINE, THE EXHAUST MANIFOLD WILL DO, IT MUST BE GROUNDED TO THE ENGINE LET GO OF THE PLUG (PLEASE} HAVE SOMEONE
    CRANK THE ENGINE IF THE PLUG SPARKS IGNITION SYSTEM IS OK.
  • donny3donny3 Posts: 9
    to; pf-flyer thank you for replying. I feel like a idiot! I almost rebuilt my car looking for the start relay. no such animal, still haven't found it. but I don,t need it either, my problem was a dying battery, it went totally dead sitting on the floor. I miss read my battery charger to say the battery was fully charged instead of fully dead. my car runs fine with it's new battery.-------------thanks again!
  • richard7richard7 Posts: 14
    Does anyone know if a 2000 Cougar has an interference engine? I just bought a used one with some miles on it and no one seems to know if the timing belt has ever been replaced since it has had multiple owners. Thanks
  • garym1jgarym1j Posts: 46
    Until I hear that I am not the most senior Cougar owner, I hold the record.

    I bought a 99 Sport and loved it so much traded in for a 02 normal model 36 months later when the warranty expired. The O2 model warranty has now run out after I extended the warranty for 18 months. Never had any trouble with either model expect the air conditioner when out on the 99 model but was covered by warranty. I don't believe in extending warranties anymore.

    The 2002 model has been trouble free at 38,500 miles.

    Recently installed XM radio. I am going to get a window tint job next month ($150)
    This week I am trading the stock rims in for 5 spoke chrome rims (4 for $702). Figured I better make these improvements while I'm still young enough to enjoy.

    Sometimes I back the car in the slightly declining driveway. It looks like it is travelling at 50 mph while parked. By the way, I have had zero accidents and zero moving traffic violations in 56 years of driving. Anyone any older have a similiar record?

    If someone would explain to me how one includes a picture in this space, I would attempt to provide a picture of my Cougar. I see the Img option below but don't know the mechanics of actually attaching a picture. Thanks in advance if anyone wants to help.
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,896
    Attaching an image is easy. What you need is to have the image stored somewhere online like at your personal website, one of those image hosting sites, or maybe easiest of all, on your CarSpace page. Then you click the IMG button and it inserts the start of the HTML you need. Type in the URL of where your pic is hosted, and click the IMG button again to finish up the HTML and bingo, you have a pic in a post like this
    image

    Sort of a retro pic for our senior Cougar owner! :P

    If you haven't set up your CarSpace page yet, it's really easy to do. Just click on that My CarSpace link near the top left of this page and you should be able to run through the setup very quick and easy. Then you can create photo albums to post your pics in, and maybe even start a blog if the mood strikes you.

    If you have ANY questions about CarSpace, feel free to click on my username and pop me an email. That's part of why I'm here!

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  • You are a GOD amoung Cougar owners......... :)
  • garym1jgarym1j Posts: 46
    Thankyou! (I think). Here is my Cougar. Isn't it nice looking?

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  • mary50mary50 Posts: 1
    I have a '97 Cougar that "ran like [non-permissible content removed]". I did have the problem with hitting the gas and no power. I like PepBoys for my car repairs. Replace the air filter (mine was full of water), replace the fuel filter, replace the spark plugs and spark plug wires. The gas is not getting through the fuel line.
  • donny3donny3 Posts: 9
    I am a little confused! your title says 93 cougar ,but your text says 97 which is it?
    Now how did water get in the air filter? did you drive through a puddle of water?
    A deep puddle??????? if so get your oil and oil filter changed quick! did the parts you changed fix your problem? if not you need to check you Positive crankcase ventilation valve (PCV) and do a Fuel pressure check, your fuel pump maybe defective. can you hear the fuel pump when you turn you key to the ON position (not start) if not your pump is dead. or maybe someone has put something in your gas tank to clog it up. In any case you will have to have the gas tank pulled. ....... Write back I would like to know more....... good luck.
  • I'm new so please bear with me.I bought this car about 2 weeks ago. So far I love it but...... my trunk release button on the remote and the button inside my car wont open the trunk. They key I have does not open the trunk. Ive been using the emergency pull to open the trunk. The cable broke. I need to replace it but I cant find where it was connected. Could someone please help me. I need a diagram showing how it works and/or where the cable is connected so I can fix it. i NEED my trunk to open. Thanks so much in advance Leah
  • I had this problem. It was caused by deterioration of front lower control arm bushings on both sides. The fix was to replace the two lower control arms.
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