Engine Performance problem
1999 Mercury Cougar 6 cyl Manual 168000 miles
About a month ago, my battery light started flickering off and on. Last time this started happening, my alternator went out, so I replaced it about a year and a half ago. I took my car to AutoZone, where they ran the test and said my alternator was technically bad. I then took it to an auto shop where they also ran tests and said my alternator was fine. However, I have a few oil leaks and a bad serpentine belt, which I have not yet fixed. Also recently, my car has started shuddering sometimes when I go to take off, or when I accelerate above about 60 mph. Usually it will stop after minute, but recently I was traveling home from Kansas City, about a 4 hr trip, and all of a sudden I kept losing speed and shuddering, even though I was flooring it. It fixed itself after a minute or two. Could the cause of the battery light flickering and my engine problems be the same? If not, what could be the cause of these problems? I'm clueless! I am due for an oil change, but I don't know if that would have anything to do with it. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated! I'm a 24 yr old girl who knows nothing about cars and am worried I'm gonna get ripped off for just that reason!
have the same problem?
Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 AT 6:33 PM