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NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline: Fuel Injection System Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


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2002 Mercury Mountaineer fuel system problems

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2002 Mercury Mountaineer Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 302002

Mountaineer 4WD

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Upon purchase, a raw gas odor was noticeable--returned to dealer--no problem found; returned at 4000 miles with same problem--replaced fuel injector; third time major fuel leak from right side fuel rail at upper seal on cyl 3 & 4 O-ring replaced--dealer had us call tow service and the dealer took care of repairs under warranty--great concern about safety due to possible of a serious fire from fuel leakage onto hot engine.

- Laingsburg, MI, USA

problem #1

Oct 172001


  • miles
I purchased 2002 Mercury Mountaineer on 08/31/01 and in less than a month the vehicle leaked fuel. The first incident happened on 09/26/01 while the vehicle was idling in parking the engine started leaking fuel and emptyed the tank in about 2 minutes. The vehicle towed in for repairs that day and O-rings were replaced. The second incident happened on 10/03/01 while the vehicle was being driven on the interstate at 70 mph, and this time smoke began to come from under the hood. The vehicle was towed and repaired one day later, and the repairs made were to replace the injector. The third incident happened on 10/17/01 while the vehicle was at an intersection wait at a signal light. The smell of fuel came in there the A/C vent and smoke was coming from under the hood. The vehicle was towed in for repairs that day and is still in for repairs since 10/17/01. I do not feel safe driving this vehicle and have made that known to the dealership and manufacter. I have requested a vehicle buy back and the only answer I get is to wait for more repairs. I fear for my life by driving this vehicle again. Thank you virgia rhymes

- Beaumont, TX, USA

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