IDLE CONTROL VALVE

  • Tiny
  • twoshortm
  • 1999 Mercury Tracer
  • 4 CYL
  • automatic
  • 109,469 miles

I have a 1999 mercury tracer that died when I was going up a hill and now it won't start. Before it died some of the problems I had were when going up hill it would chug and I could have the pedal all the way to the floor. While driving sometimes it chug like it was going to die but never did. Now when I tried to start it it cranks like it wants to start but it doesn't. I don't know that this matters but the day it died on me the gas gauge is stuck at a half of tank. Is it the idle control valve think that is what it is called?

Thursday, November 18th, 2010 AT 2:36 AM

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  • hmac300
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  • 41,700 posts

First if your fuel gauge is stuck put a coplegallons of fuel in teh tank and see if it starts. If it doesn't then check your fuel pressure. It really sounds as if you ran out of gas.

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Thursday, November 18th, 2010 AT 2:41 AM
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  • BMRFIXIT
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Hold gas peddle 1/2 way down as cranking if that get the engine started suspect IAC
check for spark, check for fuel and fuel pressure
, check timing

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Thursday, November 18th, 2010 AT 2:44 AM
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  • kristimcshane
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I'm having the same problem with my car. Did you ever find out what it was?

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Monday, July 23rd, 2012 AT 12:43 AM

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