Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Gatores

1997 mercury tracer help

12 posts in this topic

My son hit a big snowdrift and he says it died right away. Now it hasnt started since and just wondering if anyone has any guess on what would cause that or what I could do to get it started. His car is a 97 tracer with a 4 cyl auto. Thanks in advance for any insight you can give

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would check to see if the inertia switch needs to be reset. This switch shuts off the fuel pump if the vehicle gets hit hard. Check your owners or shop manual they should show you where its at.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Would that switch be up or down. I looked in the trunk and it was in the down position and there was a little slot to pop it up.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It should be in the down position!

I would check a few basic things

When you turn the key in the on position, does the check engine light come on?

If the check engine light comes on, crank the engine over, watch the check engine light, does it go out after the engine is turning over? If the light doesnt go out, check the crank sensor on the pass side of the car on the front bottom side of the engine by the crank pulley.

Is there alot of snow under the hood, or ice, if so bring it in the garage and thaw it out and then retry it!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

By check the crank engine sensor what do you mean by check it. Like did it break off or what im not sure what to do. I just had it in the garage all day with the knipco going and its all thawed out. The inertia switch was in the down position so that should be ok. thanks again

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

By checking what the "check engine light" on the dash is doing can tell me what is going on. Does the check engine light come on when you turn the key on? Does it go out when turning the engine over?

The crank shaft sensor is the sensor that tells the computer that the engine is turning over, without that reading, it wont fire the injectors, the spark plugs, or the fuel pump. Let me know what the check engine light is doing, then I can let you know what is most likely wrong.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The check engine light does not come on with the key or when turning it over. It smells a little like gas when turning it over for awhile. Any ideas?

Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ok, since the check engine light doesnt come on, this means one of two things, either the bulb is burnt out, or the computer isnt powerd up. If the bulb is burnt out, this wouldnt cause a no start, so we will go with the pcm not powering up.

First thing to do is, check all the fuses in the car, under the hood, and inside the car.

Second thing is, checking the computer relay, and the problem you will have here is it is an assembely. It is a box about 6"x4"x2" left front of the car, under the airfilter box. It will have 24 wires going to it. This box has all the cars relays built in to it. You can try tapping it with a rubber hammer and see if it will start then.

These are some basic things you can check for at first, without getting into checking powers and grounds into the relays, or the computer. Good luck, hopefully its only a fuse!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

4wanderingeyes,

Happy B-day! cool.gif

If it is a fuse, why did it blow and will it blow again? grin.gif

I had a car with this same thing occuring after and can not remember how it was fixed.

I think the PCM might be in the fender next to battery. Did wiring or connection get damages or come loose?

For the heck of it, clean posts on battery terms.

This could be a simple diag. or a long drawn out one.

Good luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Shack,

The pcm is located inside the car, in the center counsel area, by the heater box. The problem all started after hitting a drift, snow could have just got into a sensor, and shorted out a fuse, such as an o2 sensor heater.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sorry it took so long to get back to this, but I am at a loss. Can anyone recommend where to get it looked at in the St Peter, MN area. Dont know any "good" shops in the area so any help would be greatly appreciated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you don't have any known qualified shop in your area, I would suggest your local Ford dealer. This is going to take specific electrical diagnosis and the Ford dealer will be more familiar and have access to the needed information to get this thing going.

Good luck

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Wheres_Walter
      We struggled on walleye on Frazer bay this saturday, so sunday morning I started throwing senkos.  Not quite consecutive casts like Wanderer, but i went all morning catching nothing, then caught these two cousins with 3 min of each other, smallie off the point, then the big mouth around the corner in a shallow bay.  18" smallie, 17" LMB. Good fun.    We did get about a dozen walleye on sunday night after the storms chased 15 boats away from the point we were fishing.  Mostly small, but a couple keepers.  Chartruese Jig and rainbows in about 10-12 FOW.  Couldn't buy a bite with a chub.  
    • monstermoose78
      I have good Jeremy how have you been doing. I need to get out fishing with you soon.
    • Walleye #1
      Stick in the Mud   I do think sometimes that those fish see so many jigs and shiners that something such as a crawler or leech is a great change up and will get bites.  Also with the bug hatches that are happening, those are two great baits.       Leech Lake   Leech Lake Walleyes once again found themselves spread out and in different areas and related to different pieces of Leech Lake structure.  Shiners and Leeches seemed to be the bait of choice for those Leech Lake Walleyes, but plastics are still catching some fish.  Be sure to stop in at Full Stringer Bait and Tackle, Swansons Bait and Tackle, Tutts Bait and Tackle, or Sportland Bait and Tackle for all your bait and tackle needs.     West End The LOA Fishing Guides found much of their success on the West End of Leech Lake.  Focusing in on the flats around West Goose in depths of 7-10ft of water, as well as the wind blown points such as Duck, Big Hardwoods, Ottertail, Pine, and Bowmans.  Sucker Bay also proved to have a good wind driven bite throughout the weekend.   A Jig and Minnow was the best presentation by far, but in most instances instead of jigging it, dragging or swimming it along the bottom seemed to work best, but when the front came in on Sunday the Leech Lake Walleyes were snapping and aggressively jigging was provoking the bite.  When things slowed down, slowing down with a lindy rig and leech put fish in the boat as well.  Green cabbage once again was a key to finding active walleyes and jumbo perch in 5-8ft of water.  Pitching an 1/8th oz KenKatch jig with a shiner caught Leech Lake Jumbos, Walleyes, and pike.  Slip bobbers and leeches/shiners also have put fish in the boat being either fished in the weeds or windblown points.   East End/Main Lake On the Main Lake, the rocks still were producing a great bite as well as some of the East End points such as Battle, Sugar, and Five Mile when the strong Westerly winds were blowing.  Annex, Submarine, Pelican, and North Bar were all producing fish in 10-14ft of water. Lindy Rigs with leeches or shiners seemed to work best, but the biggest fish still seem to want a 1/8th or 1/4oz jig and shiner.  
      Leech Lake Crappie and Bluegill fishing still remains strong.  When the weather warms up for a couple days both species are moving onto their beds and are actively feeding.  Looking to Boy Bay, Millers Bay, Shingobee, and Steamboat for the best action in 3-6 feet of water.  Just remember to use selective harvest as these fish are more vulnerable.  
    • Troy Smutka
      Memorial Weekend,      Hit Waconia Saturday morning for bass. Caught about 40 largemouth--most from 14 to 17 inches, with a few 17 and 18 inchers--and several nice pike. Fish were in cabbage out from bedding areas, in about 6 to 9 feet of water. Fish were scattered, lying in the weeds looking up for sunfish that are staging in these areas preparing to move in and bed. With this situation, we buzzed spinnerbaits and weedless spoons over and through the tops of the weeds, and the bass aggressively came up on them, as well as some pike. Had one lazy muskie follow as well. Got good footage for a bass segment of Fishing and Hunting the North Country on You Tube. Added footage of a couple smallies from out in the Hutch area Saturday evening. The bass fishing will continue to get better as the water warms, with more big ones, and the sunfish bedding bite is probably only a week or less away. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.    
    • Troy Smutka
      Memorial Weekend,      Out on Washington Saturday afternoon and evening after hitting Waconia for bass Saturday morning. Caught largemouth, smallmouth, and pike. Added footage of a couple smallies to the largemouth and pike footage from Waconia for a bass segment of Fishing and Hunting the North Country on You Tube. Caught the bass and pike on Washington in four to seven feet of water, out from bedding areas, on spinnerbaits, Rippin' Raps, and Shadow Raps. Up on Mille Lacs this coming weekend for a walleye tournament, then will be back out in the Hutch area the next weekend guiding. We were targeting bass this weekend, but got a tip that walleyes are biting on a couple Hutch area lakes on live bait. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Geez Terry! Now you will be telling me that walleyes are only good muskie bait! Cliff
    • JeremyCampbell
      Nice report Cret Musta been a thrill getting that 9.75 Gill.  
    • JeremyCampbell
      Wow dude lol Sup Moose how you been?
    • guideman
      Vermilion has excellent fishing for both bass species   The east end has the best Smallmouth action and the west end has the best Largemouth action, however you can catch either on both sides of the lake.  For Smallmouth, rocks, docks, points, saddles, reeds, wood and the shoreline rubble are all very productive. Most of the green bass are found in or near the slop and the west end has the best of what they like the most. Spinnerbaits, any color as long as it's white, stick baits, cranks, topwaters, jigs, swim baits and soft plastics all work for Smallies. Jigs, topwaters(Frogs) plastics and a host of other stuff will catch the green bass. Have a great time, the midweek traffic is very minimal.   "Ace"   "It's just fishing man"
    • guideman
      Bla bla bla, all this Walleye talk is boring me to death.   The real opening day is this Saturday when the Muskie opener comes to Minnesota and the Big V.  I'll be out fishing with my son and grandson searching for some real fish.   The weather looks great, my baits are all sharpened and the new line is on all my rigs. Bucktails, Glittertails, spinnerbaits and minnow style cranks will make up most of our arsenal, however we will also be tossing a few topwaters looking for those Big green girls and not even talking about Walleye fishing.   Have a great weekend everybody!   "Ace" "It's just fishing man"