1997 Mercury Mystique 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 180000 miles
Ok, Here is my whole story and hopefully someone can help. I bought this car with 180000 miles already on it and it seemed to run pretty well for about 4 months now all of a sudden it decided to die on me while driving on the highway in the rain and I was going about 60mph. Pulled the car over to the side of the road waited and tried to crank up but the car just makes a noise as if it wants to start but does not actually fire up. Best way to describe the noise would be something like ching. Ching. Ching. Ching. Ching over and over but will not start. I towed the car to my house and had several people look at t where we have ruled out the fuel filter and fuel pump. We have ruled out the ignition coil plugs and plug wires and opened the housing for the timing belt and it's there. Checked the fuel inertia switch and it's ok too. So now I'm out of places to check and people are saying that it could be something way worse internally in the engine but not sure. Any help would be appreciated since I have decided to tow this thing to a service shop but I'd like to know what the issue may be and not get ripped off. Thanks!
Oh I also have a new battery in it and checked compression and that checked out also.
Sunday, November 1st, 2009 AT 8:37 AM