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1998 Mercury Tracer suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Mercury Tracer Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 162004

Tracer 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The rear coil springs broke on my 1998 Mercury Tracer. When seeking a repair, I understand that this is a well documented problem with Ford/Mercury models of this size (escort/Tracer/tempo). With rear springs broken, one can observe the rear tires of a car with these springs broken come off the road. With Ford well aware of this design flaw in these autos, there ought to be a recall of these vehicles. I have only 47,700 miles on this car; I have now replaced a busted crankshaft pulley and the resistor associated with circulation system which could have started a fire. All of these problems are well documented and Ford should address these flaws.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #1

Sep 222003

(reported on)


  • miles
During a vehicle inspection rear coil springs broke and were replaced.

- Oswego, NY, USA

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