For the fuel door, there should be a cord inside the trunk that you can pull to open it in case the actuator on the door fails. I didn't realize it was there until I pulled back the carpet in the trunk to change the shocks one day.
My 1993 Cougar was custom built for an undercover cop. It is a 5 liter V-8. It has 160,000 miles on it and minus a few transmission problems, runs perfectly. No car will ever be the same for me.
I'm 18, and have had my 1993 5.0 liter v8 mercury cougar for two years now. Its go just over 93,000 miles on it, and runs just fine. I live in northern Wisconsin, and the weather does take a toll on vehicles up here, which may be what caused the power steering tubing to corrode and leak. Also, both power windows are no longer functional, again, probably a product of the cold weather. However, the engine is a masterpiece. I have never driven a vehicle with such power, and needless to say, my friends don't stand a chance when racing. Overall I couldn't be more pleased. The window motors cost 80 dollars a piece to be replaced, which I will be doing this summer. Great review, could definitely relate with everything you wrote. Wonderful car, none will ever be the same -_-, sadly.
I would say the rattling noise you here under load is nothing more than detonation. Fill the tank with premium fuel and see if the problem clears up.
I own a 1990 Cougar and have recently purchased a 93 Cougar.
Take a look at your front rotors. This may be why your car shakes violently when braking. I took a look at my 1990 and the rotors were cut about 1 inch deep all the way around.
Your head gasket problem is due to your catalytic converters they get a little bit of junk in them and build up to much pressure and blow the gasket right out. I own a 1990 supercharged v6 and it is absolutely amazing!!! I will never drive a car funner.
I own a '93 Cougar and just recently had a paint job done on it...I'm very pleased with it, very dark window tint, green.
My mother has a 93 Cougar V6 and I agree it's a good car. But this is due to the fact my mother never drives it, it just sits in her garage. I drive it more that she does.
It is now starting to have problems to which I am trying to fix for her. I have done some work on this vehicle and it's pretty simple and easy to work on, minus a little major things that you can encounter with any vehicle.
I am now trying to find out why the car is getting air somehow in the brake lines, or to hit the nail on the head when applying the brakes sometimes it will lose pressure. I've literally had to hit the parking brake in an emergency.
Also the shocks and struts need to be replaced, and the overdrive has since quit working, so whenever the car is driven, it has to be in drive. If in overdrive it will only accelerate up to 40 MPH, then it seems like the clutch is slipping, but if you get on it it'll catch real hard then go, but if you back off it'll slip again. I am still trying to figure that one out.
Any tips or advice would greatly be appreciated. I'm trying to get it back to being a safe and reliable car that it is.
Thanks in advance.
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With the brakes, I would first inspect all lines, wheel cylinders, calipers and main cylinder. If there is no evidence of leaks, I would completely flush the brake system.
Your shifting problem may be a bad speed sensor or a jammed valve. Try adding Lucas Oil Transmission fix. It may loosen up a jammed valve.
Good luck to you.
How do I find out how many 1993 XR7's with the 5.0 HO motor were built? Are there any rare ones that were built in 1993? Or limited production?
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I have a 1993 Cougar, just love it. However I have a water leak letting rain water into my trunk. I've tried and triedto find how the water is getting in... but cannot. The leak is somewhere on the right side. Any help would be appreciated.
The trunk lid has a luggage rack, and I'm wondering if water is getting through the mounting of the rack?
Hank in Indianapolis.