20 Most Recent 1997 Mercury Cougar XR7 Questions & Answers

I usually turn to the12Volt 1st...

I trust the website... but not what others may have done previously, so
I still check everything for voltage and / or continuity
before installing.

there should be 14x different wires.
see the link.

I cannot imagine what the uninsulated (bare) wire would be for.
Ground? just for support?
whatever it is...trace it, so you know, but don't use it.
Replace it with something proper.

1997 Mercury... | Answered on Jul 11, 2019

Best to let a shop listen to it. Free estimates

1997 Mercury... | Answered on May 08, 2019

1997 Thunderbird/Cougar Instrument Cluster Removal
  1. Disconnect battery ground cable (14301).
  1. Remove retaining screws and instrument panel reinforcement (017A28).
  1. Remove retaining screws and instrument panel lower shield (045G02).
  1. Make sure air bag system is properly disarmed. Remove fasteners holding steering column. Gently lower steering column.
  1. Remove screws holding the instrument panel finish panel (044D70) and gently pry off.

    Instrument Panel Finish Panel

  1. Remove four instrument cluster retaining screws. (Do not remove screws from the instrument cluster main lens (10887) and instrument cluster mask (10890)).
  1. Slide the instrument cluster (10849) to the right of the instrument panel opening and disconnect the instrument panel harness from the back of the instrument cluster.
  1. Remove the instrument cluster from the instrument panel (04320).

1997 Thunderbird/Cougar Installation
  1. Follow removal procedure in reverse order.
  1. Tighten instrument cluster retaining screws to 2-3 Nm (18-27 lb-in).

1997 Mercury... | Answered on Nov 16, 2018

Get this manual online
at www.reliable-store.com and get complete guide on whether to repair or not, service it, and how to repair etc

1997 Mercury... | Answered on Mar 13, 2018

Warm air could mean ur AC system is undercharged or overcharged. Those are the 2 most common problems. U need to take ur vehicle to the certified AC technician. AC repair can get pretty expensive.

1997 Mercury... | Answered on Feb 26, 2018

Checking the wiring diagram shows that its built into the pcm. Have you checked and confirm there are no blown fuses? There is a 60amp fusible link feeding that side of the pcm. I doubt the pcm itself is at fault. How do you know its not the fan at fault?

1997 Mercury... | Answered on Dec 21, 2017

Go to the part store and have them check your alternator it sounds like it's on it's way out or it has a loose connection to the battery

1997 Mercury... | Answered on Dec 16, 2017

have you had your wheels balanced lately?

1997 Mercury... | Answered on Sep 28, 2017

go to auto parts store purchase 2 new ones raise up engine replace both

1997 Mercury... | Answered on Sep 28, 2017

No ,this vehicle doesn't have a cold start injector . Plus the fuel filter wouldn't have anything to do with it either , cold or hot would act the same . I would have it checked with scan data , do you know what that is ? Could be coolant temp sensor , mass air flow sensor .
048 Engine Hard to Start or No Start Scan Data for Starting Problems
Testing an not guessing is the way to a proper fix !
How are thing's in Kent washington ? I lived in Vancouver ,WA. for 12 yrs. , worked at Kendall chevy an bill copps cadillac . Live in east coast now .

1997 Mercury... | Answered on Jun 29, 2017

Leaving the key on longer then two seconds does nothing ! When you first turn the key to on the PCM - engine computer will energize the fuel pump relay for 2 seconds ! If you want to turn the pump on for another 2 seconds you would need to turn the key off an then on again ! The only other way the PCM will energize the pump is while cranking the engine , if it sees an input from the crankshaft position sensor . Rather then just replace parts an making part stores rich , why not learn how to do proper diagnostics . Test the electrical circuits . What's the fuel pressure ? What does the mass air flow signal to the PCM look like ? Hooking up a scan tool an viewing engine sensor data etc.... Check the CCRM - constant control relay module . Google CCRM

1997 Mercury... | Answered on Jun 01, 2017

I would think it's a problem with (CCRM) constant control relay module . This module has relay's inside that control the fuel pump , cooling fans , A/C compressor clutch , PCM - engine computer power relay . And thier are electronics involved , solid state circuity . Google CCRM
found this helpful answer from mercury mechanic on JustAnswer com

1997 Mercury... | Answered on May 07, 2017

be prepared to replace the fuel pump

1997 Mercury... | Answered on Apr 05, 2017

replace the heated oxygen sensors in the exhaust manifolds
they are the oxygen sensors that report exhaust composition to the ECM to alter the air/fuel mixture to the correct ratio for the engine settings

1997 Mercury... | Answered on Mar 27, 2017

Not sure if your 97 model has the distributor cap or spark box...The distributor Cap can be cracked (not seen) and cause this problem. Hope this helps.

1997 Mercury... | Answered on Jul 05, 2016

When moisture gets inside something it shorts it out . Take a spray bottle an spray ignition coils an see if it dies . For that matter spray the whole engine , fuse box etc... If it dies see what's missing , spark more then likely . Do you know how to do that ? Pull a plug wire off the coils an hold it near the coil tower an see if spark jumps the gap . What engine does yours have ? V-8 V-6

1997 Mercury... | Answered on Jul 05, 2016

It's inside the fuel tank. Access is on top. Remove tank. 2 straps hold it in place.

  1. Relieve fuel system pressure as described under Fuel System Pressure Relief.
  1. Drain fuel from the fuel tank as described.
  1. Raise vehicle on hoist.
  1. Remove the exhaust system as required. Refer to Section 09-00.
  1. NOTE: The connections for the rear fuel supply return and vapor tube (9S278) to the fuel pump module are on top of the fuel tank and are inaccessible. They must be disconnected with the fuel tank partially lowered from the vehicle.

    Disconnect fuel tank to filler pipe hose (9047) and vent hoses connecting the fuel tank filler pipe (9034) to fuel tank. Disconnect one end of the vapor crossover hose at the rear over the driveshaft (4602).
  1. Place a safety support under the fuel tank. Remove the bolts from the fuel tank support straps (9092). Take care not to deform the fuel tank or fuel tank support straps. Fuel tank capacity and/or fuel pick-up may be adversely affected.
  1. Partially remove the fuel tank and disconnect the rear fuel supply return and vapor tubes at push connect fittings using Fuel Line Disconnect Tool Set T90T-9550-S. Disconnect electrical connector from the fuel pump module.
  1. Remove fuel tank from the vehicle.


1997 Mercury... | Answered on May 01, 2016

I have looked at a number of images of the vehicle like this one and seen no lights Colleen. I wonder if they are after-market brakelights? The only addition I see is a spoiler.

Lots more images in the link below.

1997 mercury cougar Google Search

1997 Mercury... | Answered on Mar 28, 2016

it indicates that when the pump gears are placed under pressure /load that they are interfering with the pump housing or are not being held in the correct mesh situation
the situation of powers steering that when in the relaxed position ( no steering wheel movement) the valves are so placed that the oil is by passed straight back to the reservoir but any movement of the wheel closes those valves and diverts the oil to the cylinder/actuator and so power assists the steering
AT this point is when load is applied to the pump and the noise is heard
I would suggest that the pump be removed and inspected for wear on the idler gear shaft, wear on the tips of the teeth from contact with the housing
Mostly the best fix is a replacement pump because it the clearance between the teeth and the housing is excessive or scored then the full pressure will not be achieved

1997 Mercury... | Answered on Feb 19, 2016

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