Get into the front drive Mercury Tracer and savor the product of innovations from its first production down to the latest model. Tracer is a front drive car from Mercury offered either as a four- door notch back or a four-door wagon. Base Tracers made use of the1.9-liter 4-cylinder engine with the ability to produce 88 horsepower while the LTS comes with a 1.8-liter four cylinder power train equipped with a dual overhead cam. Any of the five speed manual and four-speed automatic can be used for both power sources.
Mercury Tracer parts such as the power trains are based on the chassis and running gear of a Mazda Protg. Smooth and responsive handling can be easily attained in all road conditions. The over-all fir and finish both inside and out are impressive together with its optimum quality and style. Interior space can allow occupants to snug in full comfort together with their cargoes and luggages. The head room however is not so good for Tracer types installed with the optional sunroof. The seats are nice but the control panels are not so well-placed and shaped. The positions of some buttons are not easy to get making it difficult for the driver or any occupant to use certain control operated features.
However with its dual cam Mazda engine, going anywhere will not take so much time. Together with the upgraded version of the suspension package, rides and drives can be filled with ease and comfort. Added car parts in the package are antilock brakes, sporty wheels and four wheel disc brakes. Anyone who desires to own a car needs to know the strong and weak points of the car parts and accessories making up the vehicle. For Mercury Tracer parts, possible weak points that can be experienced later are screeching blower motor due to defective brush holders, brake noise caused by the uneven surfaces on the sleeves of the front brake caliper, engine knock as end result of the carbon buildup on the pistons and difficulty in starting due to a sticking control valve.
Mercury Tracer produced for every generation has various features. For 1993, the changes focused on the chassis which added bigger front stabilizer bars. Sedan types were accessorized with one piece rear spoiler together with high-mount stoplight. For 1994, the optional driver side airbags became standard to comply with the federal safety standards. Tracers for 1995 come with new instrument panel and passenger side airbag.
My Tracer already has 105,000 miles on it. My manual says it's time for a timing belt replacement, but it seems like the stock belt is still working fine—I haven't experienced belt-related problems at all. Can I put belt replacement off for a couple of months until I've got enough money to buy a new belt?
You can still drive your Mercury Tracer for a few days or weeks and not experience any problem, but you shouldn't delay timing belt replacement for like a couple of months as it can suddenly break or give up in the middle of your drive. Check your manual for the manufacturer's recommended timing belt replacement and interval. Generally, the engine's timing belt should be replaced at 100,000 miles, so once your ride reached the said mileage, don't think twice in getting it done. Remember: it is always wise to replace your timing belt before it fails than having to deal with a broken or damaged belt along with the other consequences, which can be as worse as engine damage.
I live in an area with really harsh winter driving conditions, so I make it a point to replace my wiper blades almost every six months. The last time I did, I installed silicone blades, which still seem to be in good condition even after its six-month lifespan. Can I pass up on replacement this time and stretch the use of the blades to, perhaps, a year?
Ideally, wiper blades should be replaced every six months or as soon as they're no longer capable of making proper contact with the windshield surface. You can actually extend their service life to up to a year, depending on the type of wiper blades you've installed. Among the types of wiper blades, ordinary rubber blades have the shortest service life and should be changed every six months to ensure good-working condition. Halogen-hardened rubber blades are more durable and thus, last longer than ordinary blades.
If the ones currently installed in your ride are silicone blades, yes, you can stretch their service life to up to one year even if they're frequently under intense use. This is because silicone blades are made durable enough to wipe rainwater, dust, and snow off the windshield while being resistant to the sun's harmful UV rays and other damaging elements. If you don't usually use them, your silicone wiper blades can even last for more than a year. They are, however, the most expensive among the three types of rubber blades.
My decade-old Mercury Tracer is now acting up during start ups. There were even times when it didn't start at all. I am planning to test the battery this coming weekend. Can you give me some tips on how to get accurate reading from my electronic battery load tester?
Reliable starting can be hard to come by especially during cold weather; your battery needs more amps to crank your cold engine during startups. When you start experiencing difficult startups or no start at all, it's possible that the battery no longer has enough power to start the engine. When checking its load and capacity using an electronic tester, make sure to turn off the ignition switch and plug all electrical connections off the battery. Also, disconnect the battery from the charger and make sure all terminals and battery posts are free of corrosion before carrying out the load test. To get accurate readings when doing the test in ambient temperature of between 40°F and 70°F, add 0.1 volt for every 10°F below 70°F. If the ambient temperature is between 70°F and 100°F, subtract 0.1 volts for every 10°F above 70°F.