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Old 08-09-2009, 17:55   #1 (permalink)
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'98 Montaineer Starting Issues

My brother purchased a used 1998 Mercury Montaineer AWD with about 130,000 from a not so reliable dealer for money reasons. Up until now, the vehicle has been decently maintained new brakes pads/rotors, and I recently changed the oil.

However lately the transmission has been slipping as it takes awhile to go into gears. But there are some other problems I wanted insight on.

When my brother sometimes starts his truck it wont start and he will have to double or triple start it. What gives? As far as I know its the same battery and ignition from before but he has a new starter.

Also when driving the truck will rev into High rpms and stay that way and eventually go into the next gear.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-11-2009, 20:07   #2 (permalink)
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Re: '98 Montaineer Starting Issues

anybody? now his car is starting to stall periodically. His timing belt is worn though.
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Old 08-19-2009, 06:47   #3 (permalink)
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Re: '98 Montaineer Starting Issues

First off a 98 AWD should not have a timing belt. Are thinking of the serpentine belt? You do have the 5.0?

As for starting- if it is with the starter engaging........

check that you have 13.5volts to the battery when the car is idling and headlights are on. If not- you may have a weak or bad alternator.

Charge battery overnight- if it starts well when fully charged and no charging issue, you may have a bad battery.

Check battery cables.

Check that the cable is tight on the new starter. My Dad bought an Explorer like this for $1,000. Guy thought the engine was junk because it wouldn't start with a new starter. He found the cable wasn't tight on the brand new starter.

As for transmission:

check fluid levels when the car is running and hot on a level surface.

When was the last transmission service?

Does it have the correct transmission fluid installed?

Does it have a vacuum leak on the engine? This can cause high idles and affect shifting control at the PCM.
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