hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,500 miles

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1998 Mercury Mountaineer engine problems

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1998 Mercury Mountaineer Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 182013

Mountaineer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles


One of the braided stainless steel fuel lines that attaches to the engines fuel rail developed a leak. I kept smelling a strong odor of gas, but I could not find out where it was coming from. After two weeks of smelling the gas, I took it to a garage and they showed me the gas squirting from the braided hose going to the engine. I took the vehicle to the Ford dealer and showed them the leak. They took the vehicle in their shop and removed the fuel lines. Because of the age of the vehicle, Ford does not provide any replacement parts. I was unable to get replacement fuel lines from Ford. I checked with "junk yards" all over the country. I had no luck finding replacement fuel lines. Junk yards cut the fuel line when they pull engines. I finally located a company in new castle, de that supplies hydraulic hoses, etc. I took my old fuel lines to them and they removed the fittings and installed them on new stainless steel braided lines. I took the new lines back to the Ford dealer and they installed them on my vehicle. They said the new hoses had no leaks. The Ford dealer charged me over $400 to remove the old hoses and install new hoses. The shop in new castle, de only charged me $40 for a pair of new hoses. I'm very lucky I did not have an engine fire. These stainless hoses are used on a lot of Ford vehicles. Ford should be required to supply replacement hoses.

- Salisbury, MD, USA

problem #1

May 162012

Mountaineer 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
At 2 am we smelled smoke and saw it coming from garage, when I opened garage door flames were coming out of front of car. My mothers car burnt and it is a total loss. We had to call fire dept. My garage was wrecked. My house has smoke damage.

- Richmond, TX, USA

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