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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Exhaust System: Manifold/Header/Muffler/Tail Pipe Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,476 miles

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2002 Mercury Mountaineer exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2002 Mercury Mountaineer Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 022002

(reported on)

Mountaineer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,476 miles


The exhaust pipe had some way bent which caused the pipe to get close to the rear fender. The rear fender was made of some sort of plastic which melted from the exhaust pipe. The owner was told "the only way that the pipe could have been disfigured if you ran over a speed bump". the owner does not recall doing that or over loading the truck. Ts reconditioned bumper, absorber, reflector had to be replaced.

- Victor, ID, USA

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