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About Mercury Lynx
The Mercury Lynx made its debut in 1980 for the 1981 model year as a rebadged variant version of the Ford Escort. It was offered in two body styles, 3-door or 5-door hatchback and 5-door station wagon. Sharing common components with the European Mk III Escort, Lynx came in several trim levels including Base, L, GL, GLX and SS (replaced by SS in 1982). During its lifetime, the Mercury Lynx was powered by a 1.6 L inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 68 horsepower, which was replaced by a 1.9 L inline 4-cylinder engine producing 86-90 horsepower, as well as a 2.0 L inline 4-cylinder diesel engine cranking out 52 hp. All three engines sent power through 4-speed or 5-speed manual and 3-speed automatic transmissions to the front wheels.
Mercury Lynx Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
First, based on the information collected from car repair statistics site CarComplaints.com, overheating is the biggest problem on the Mercury Lynx when it reaches about 78,000 miles. You may realize that it is the cooling system that results in overheating, but in fact, you should also be alert about the engine condition as this problem is often the culprit of engine failure. Some experienced drivers told that once the cooling system starts to leak coolant, the engine will overheat and stay at a high operation temperature, which make the engine performance plummet dramatically. Once you notice the engine starts to misfire, stall and even suffer from starting issues, or vehicle loses power when acceleration and consumes excessive oil, both Check Engine Light and Low Coolant Light come on, it is high time for you to inspect the head gasket, water pump, intake manifold gasket, coolant reservoir, cooling hose and thermostat housing.
Second, on the CarComplaints.com, rattling sounds from underneath the vehicle is the second biggest problem with the Mercury Lynx. Some drivers with repair experience may realize that it is the suspension system that goes wrong. But for most people without any knowledge background about working principle of automobiles, they might as well learn about these recognizable and simple symptoms of this issue. Generally, apart from strange sounds from beneath the vehicle, which are also culprits of uneven tire wear and tilting vehicle, intense car vibration, unintentional steering, and poor handling are also typical symptoms. You must always make sure the shock absorber, sway bar bushing, wheel bearing, control arm bushing, coil springs and coil spring insulator are in good order.
In order to make sure complete safety, you should always regard routine maintenance on vulnerable auto parts on your Mercury Lynx as your necessary work. Some parts just may not last as long as the vehicle could due to fragile materials and harsh working conditions. Parts such as the seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, fog light, headlight, wiper arm, wheel cover, antenna and cabin air filter are vital in creating safe and comfortable driving environment but they are exposed to harsh working conditions all the time. Therefore, please maintain them routinely.
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