NHTSA — Electrical System: Fuses And Circuit Breakers Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,833 miles

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1998 Mercury Mountaineer electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Mercury Mountaineer Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 222003

Mountaineer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,500 miles


Electronic controls operated by the generic control module (wipers, rear defroster, power windows etc.) have locked up. Throttle sticks after full stop and use of cruise control and needs excessive force to move forward. Existing recalls should cover these repairs, as well as two other recalls for the corrosive hood latch, and speed control where the throttle could ice up in prolonged cold weather. I went in armed with documentation and the recall information from the website but the sayville Ford dealership in sayville, NY, refused to service them, stating they were "campaigns" not actual recalls. If your vehicle doesn't come up for service on their computer, they do not acknowledge the legal recalls and won't do the repairs. Recall #'s: 00V072000, 99V062001, 99V164000, 97V074000.

- Patchogue, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 131999


  • miles
May 5,1998 car died when it was going up an incline getting on the freeway. June 3,1998 the door locks would not work, plus the stereo when we stopped let out a high pitched noise and then stopped working about an hour later it was ok again. Later that evening the car tried to die again the lights went dim. June 9,1998 we were driving on the freeway and the lights on the dash (50 thru 80mph)went out. June 19,1998 problems again car not wanting to start all the time-dealership installed flight data recorder until June 26,1998 when stereo started again and data recorder went out. July 14,1999 car making loud noise brought back to dealership they had to replace altenator/tensiioner/belt. July 26,1999 car overheats after driving less than a mile away towed to dealership they replace thermostat/thermostat housing/gasket. Pick car up on July 29,1999 from dealership drive 3.3 miles from dealership and the car catches on fire on drivers side under around were the fuses are. Car gets repaired then on Sept.22,1999 had to bring back after driving car the headlights start to flash on & off. Well are rearveiw mirror has the auto diming headlights that have not worked for a while now but I am tired of messing with this lemon. Oh before the fire sometimes when you put the turn signal on it would buzz. This is the problems we brought to the dealership. Many times the lights dimmed but it would be ok after a little while.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 101999

Mountaineer 4WD

  • miles
The fuse connected to the a.C.,signals, heat, and cruise control keeps " going out " time and time again. I had this problem corrected 4 times and again it happenned. I was about to go to abtraintion hearing, but I gave Ford 1 more chance with there customer service engineer. This is dangerous because the signals and defroster not enabling safe driving. I don't what to do, I tried calling Ford and the dealership and they can't fix this problem correctly. Please help me.

- Colonia, NJ, USA

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