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I have replaced a failed alternator once a month for the last four months, any suggestions?
Your vehicle has a recall for the alternator cable shorting on the power steering line after the insulation gets rubbed through. The recall is for inspecting and replacing the alternator and alternator wiring. The recommendation I have is to contact...
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Rpms go up but the car wouldnt accelerate the way it should. Eventually after about a month the car would onlyago about 5 mph in
This may be a variety of possible things that could cause this to happen. If this is a fuel issue, it may be related to a throttle position sensor going bad. The throttle position sensor (TPS) is a sensor used...
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Car gets hot
This can be caused by a number of things such as low coolant levels, a faulty thermostat, or a failing coolant fan switch. As you may know the coolant fan switch helps to maintain the proper coolant temperature by turning...
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Oil pressure sensor or oil pump
If you have low oil pressure indication and getting engine noise then the oil pump is most likely the cause and not the oil sending unit. In order to verify the cause the oil pressure would need to be checked...
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My car makes a really annoying noise and sometimes dies right after
Hi there. From the description you have provided your vehicle's moaning noise and intermittent stalling problem could be any number of things. It could be a failed alternator diode making the moaning noise and affecting the idle. A failed...
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Rear axle fishtailing at low speeds.
Hi there. Check the suspension to the rear axle and see if anything is broken. You will have to raise up the vehicle and see if the rear tires can move back and forth. If they do, then there is...
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I think my suspension is going out in my car. Does my car use shocks, struts, or both?
Hello. Your car uses struts on all four corners of your vehicle. These work the same way as shocks, they simply mount different and perform a little better. The cost will very depending on the brand of the struts that...
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my anti theft light is engaged and my car won't start what can I do to disarm it
The anti thief system on this car is called PATS or passive anti thief system. The use of a key with a chip in it is needed to disable the alarm when you go to start the car. If the...
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Fuse box 2000 Mercury Cougar
Hi there - this sounds like a major electrical failure! Something serious enough to melt the fuse box, is a serious fire risk as well as a functional problem I would investigate the cause of the electrical short if possible...
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How do you adjust the air from cold to hot
Hi there: Heat is controlled by a heat control valve. The lever for this valve is located on the dashboard of most vehicles; and typically has a color coding to indicate colder (blue) or warmer(red) temperature controls. Electronic temperature controls...
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My 2001 Mercury cougar will start just fine but will sputter/ shake then die when not pushing on the gas or stop/idle.
This may be a result of a dirty or failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve reads the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the engine at low speeds and...
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Coolant
Hi there: One of the common problems with other vehicles like you're 95 Cougar is that the overflow coolant reservoir can collect mold and fungus over time; especially if water has been used in the past instead of straight or...
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Clicking sound when turning over.
This may be related to a faulty starter solenoid. The starter solenoid is located on the starter and has internal electrical contacts that transmit electricity to the starter. When this fails, it may cause a clicking sound and will not...
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Ok. My car alternator and battery tested good yet it has to be jumped off and after driving 1/4 of a mile it cuts off and dies
You need to have the battery and charging system checked again. You have a bad connection to battery or battery is bad and not charging. I recommend cleaning battery terminals by removing and cleaning then and reinstall then test entire...
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My car shakes and dies when stopping.
Shaking or vibrating may be caused by many different things such as faulty spark plugs, poor fuel pressure or misfires. Other things such as a faulty idle air control valve may cause the engine idle to drop below the normal...
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Where is the location of the CSM?
Hi there. The safety module (also known as the fuel pump driver module) is located behind the left rear trim panel behind the drivers seat next to the rear seat bottom cushion. If you need further assistance with the safety...
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I replaced new fuel pump and filter and ran good for two days and now it won't start
The fuel pressure should be checked to see if the new fuel pump failed. If pressure is below 40 psi when the key is turned on then replace the fuel pump and filter. When the tank is out you should...
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My 1991 Mercury Cougar LS has a replaced alternator and new battery but it seems the battery dies over night and the car will not start.
Hi there. It seems that there is a Parasitic Load on your battery. This is a load of something on when the key is out of the ignition switch and the doors shut. To check this condition perform the following:...
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drive side (L.H) lower control arm does it have tenssion on it? If so what will i need to get the tension off?
Considerable disassembly is required on this model in order to remove and replace the left lower control arm. Among the many steps in the repair procedure, the steering shaft linkage must be disconnected and the sub frame of the vehicle...
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Push gas in gear and it boggs down a lot
It sounds like you may have an over fueling situation going on where the motor is being provided more fuel than it can efficiently burn, resulting in the raw fuel smell you describe. This can happen for many different reasons...

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