1997 Mercury Mountaineer Owner's Manual

1997 Mercury Mountaineer Manual

1997 Mercury Mountaineer manual table of contents:

  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 1
    ...Introduction Instrumentation Controls and features Seating and safety restraints STARTING AND DRIVING Starting your vehicle Driving Roadside emergencies SERVICING Maintenance and care Capacities and specifications Reporting safety defects Index Filling...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 2
    ... failure to operate this vehicle correctly may result in loss of control or an accident. Be sure to read Special driving instructions for AWD vehicles later in this Owner's Guide and the special supplement included with AWD and 4x4 vehicles entitled Four-...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 3
    ..., and off-road operation. For this reason, Mercury urges you to read and understand ... of the Four-Wheeling supplement. Breaking in your vehicle Your new vehicle goes through... gives specifications for equipment that was in effect when this guide was approved for printing. Mercury may discontinue models...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 4
    ... Engine coolant temperature gauge (pg. 7 ) Fuel gauge (pg. 7) Hazard flasher control (not shown) (pg. 27) Warning lights (pg. 8) Tachometer (pg. 6) Speed control (pg..... 27) Driver air bag (pg. 78) Charging Turn signal and system gauge wiper/washer (pg. 7) control (pg. 24) 4
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 5
    Instrumentation Electronic sound system; refer to Audio Guide (premium stereo cassette with CD DJ shown) (pg. 16) Rear wiper/washer Vents control (... BAL FADE AUTO SET PUSH SEEK TUNE DISCS SCAN EJ DOLBY SYSTEM TAPE CD REW 1 FF 2 SIDE 1-2 3 4 COMP 5 ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 6
    Instrumentation INSTRUMENT CLUSTER Instrument cluster gauges 4 H C 2 1 F E 0 3 5 6 40 30 40 50 60 70 o o o o 100 80 60 120 80 140 UNLEADED FUEL ONLY 90 180 H L H 0 0 0 0 0 0 160 20 10 0 100 110 120 20 RPM x 1000 MPH km/h - + P R N D 2 1 L Speedometer 40 30 40 60 50 60 70 o o ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 7
    Instrumentation Engine coolant H C Fuel gauge F E Voltage gauge H + L Oil pressure H L Odometer 50 60 70 40 30 40 60 140 o o o o 100 80 120 80 90 100 110 120 0 0 0 0 0 0 160 20 20 180 10 0 MPH km/h Trip odometer and reset button 40 30 40 60 50 60 70 o o o o 100 80 120 80 140 90 ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 8
    Instrumentation Instrument cluster warning and indicator lights CHECK GAGE FUEL RESET 4 H C DOOR AJAR 5 6 40 30 40 ... been triggered. Refer to Fuel pump shutoff switch in Roadside emergencies for more information. illuminates when the air bag system requires servicing. FUEL RESET FUEL RESET 8
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 9
    ..., brake fluid level is low, or break system requires service. illuminates when the headlamp high beams are on. BRAKE ! P ABS illuminates when the anti-lock brake system requires service. ABS illuminates when the ignition key is turned to ON and the ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 10
    ...system requires service. THEFT (if equipped) illuminates when the anti-theft system is arming and... features for additional information regarding the anti-theft system. illuminates when the lefthand or right-hand turn signal or the hazard lamps are illuminated. O/D OFF O/D OFF CHECK ENGINE THEFT 10...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 11
    ...20 10 0 100 110 120 20 0 BRAKE ! P RPM x 1000 MPH km/h - + E P R N D 2 1 L Turn the ignition key to ON without starting the engine. The warning ... for a brief time. If any of these lights do not illuminate, have your vehicle serviced. Warning chimes Safety belt warning chime Refer to the...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 12
    Instrumentation Headlamps on warning chime A warning chime sounds when the headlamps are on (and key is not in the ignition), the ignition is off, and a door is opened. 12
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 13
    ...FADE AUTO SET PUSH OFF ON RSM SEEK EJ DOLBY SYSTEM SET ACC OFF COAST TUNE DISCS SCAN TAPE ...ON RSM SET ACC OFF COAST SRS Autolamp delay system (if equipped) The autolamp sets the headlamps to turn on and off automatically. Refer to Overhead controls for instructions on using the autolamp. 13
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 14
    ... when: • The headlamp knob is in the OFF position. • The engine is running. • The parking brake is released. The daytime running light (DRL) system will not illuminate the tail lamps and parking lamps. Turn on your headlamps at dusk. Failure to do so may ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 15
    ... and features Liftgate wiper and washer Turn the knob to adjust wiper speed. Push the knob in to activate the washer. ... SET PUSH OFF ON RSM SEEK SCAN EJ DOLBY SYSTEM TAPE CD SET ACC OFF COAST TUNE DISCS ... AUTO SET PUSH OFF ON RSM SEEK EJ DOLBY SYSTEM SET ACC OFF COAST TUNE DISCS SCAN TAPE...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 16
    ...FF 2 SIDE 1-2 3 4 COMP 5 SHUFFLE 6 SRS LO OFF HI *A/C *MAX A/C Audio system Refer to the Audio Guide for instructions on how to operate the audio system. Fuel pump shutoff switch Refer to the Roadside emergencies chapter for instructions on how to operate the ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 17
    ... AUTO SET PUSH OFF ON RSM SEEK EJ DOLBY SYSTEM SET ACC OFF COAST TUNE DISCS SCAN ... on the instrument panel. These vents are equipped with dials to adjust the amount and direction of air passing through them. ...AUTO SET PUSH OFF ON RSM SEEK EJ DOLBY SYSTEM SET ACC OFF COAST TUNE DISCS SCAN ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 18
    Controls and features Operating climate controls • Turn the temperature control to the desired temperature. • Turn the fan speed control to the desired speed. • Turn the mode control to the desired airflow position. OFF A/C MAX A/C 18
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 19
    ...PUSH OFF ON RSM SEEK EJ DOLBY SYSTEM SET ACC OFF COAST TUNE ... OFF ON RSM SEEK EJ DOLBY SYSTEM SET ACC OFF COAST TUNE... OFF ON RSM SEEK EJ DOLBY SYSTEM SET ACC OFF COAST TUNE... OFF ON RSM SEEK EJ DOLBY SYSTEM SET ACC OFF COAST TUNE... OFF ON RSM SEEK EJ DOLBY SYSTEM SET ACC OFF COAST TUNE...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 20
    ... fan is shut off. Drive with the climate control system on (in either the heating or air conditioning mode) to reduce humidity in ...AUTO SET PUSH OFF ON RSM SEEK EJ DOLBY SYSTEM SET ACC OFF COAST TUNE DISCS SCAN ...AUTO SET PUSH OFF ON RSM SEEK EJ DOLBY SYSTEM SET ACC OFF COAST TUNE DISCS SCAN...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 21
    ... and features Maximum heating Set mode control to , turn temperature control to maximum heat (red) and set fan speed control to maximum. Maximum cooling.... Maximum windshield defrosting Set mode control to , turn temperature control to maximum heat (red) and set fan speed control to maximum speed. •...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 22
    ... ACCESSORY allows electrical accessories such as radio and wipers/washer to operate while the engine is not running. LOCK... to move. ON tests the warning lights. The key remains here when engine is running. START cranks the engine. The key returns to ON when released. ON OFF START LOCK ACCESSORY 22
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 23
    Controls and features Speed control Do not shift the transmission into N with the speed control on. Speed control maintains vehicle speed automatically at or above 48km/h (30 mph) using the control switches. Press ON to turn speed control on. SPEED CONT will illuminate in the instrument cluster. ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 24
    .... Press COAST to decrease speed. Press RSM to resume speed. Depressing the brake pedal will cancel the speed control. 4 H C 2 1 F E 0 3 5 6 40 30 40 50 60 70 o... a single wipe. Push and hold for a constant cycle. Turn the dial to adjust wiper speed. 4 H C 2 1 F E 0 3 5 6 40 30 40 50 60 70 o o ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 25
    Controls and features Activating high beams Push the lever forward to activate the high beam lamps. Pull the lever towards you to activate the "flash to pass" function. Push the lever down to activate the left turn signal. Push the lever up to activate the right turn signal. 4 H C 2 1 F E 0 3...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 26
    ... switch on the end of the gearshift lever. The transmission control indicator light (TCIL) O/D will OFF illuminate on the instrument cluster. Transmission will operate ...with a heavy load • driving in hilly areas • additional engine braking is desired 4 H C 2 1 F E 0 3 5 6 40 30 40 50 60 70 o ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 27
    ... 0 160 20 10 0 100 110 120 20 RPM x 1000 km/h H - + P R N D 2 1 L RSM ON SET ACC OFF COAST SRS Tilt steering Never adjust the steering column while the vehicle is moving. Pull the tilt steering lever towards you and move the wheel to the desired position. 4 H C 2 1 F E 0 RPM x 1000 5...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 28
    Controls and features OVERHEAD CONTROLS Overhead console (if equipped) The console includes: • compass/temperature display • map lamps • storage compartment • garage door opener actuator • moon roof control (if equipped) OPEN GARAGE LAMP MODE LAMP 28
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 29
    ... below 4°C (39°F), the word ICE will flash alternately with the temperature for one minute. Compass accuracy can..., bridges, power lines, and powerful antennas. Compass accuracy can also be affected by... placed in or on the vehicle. There are two types of compass adjustments: zone and calibration. 29
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 30
    Controls and features Compass zone adjustment 1 2 3 13 4 12 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 15 14 1. Determine which zone of the ... operation. Zone is now updated. LAMP MODE LAMP 9 VAR Compass calibration adjustment Perform this adjustment in an open area free from steel structures and high voltage lines. 30
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 31
    Controls and features 1. Press and hold the MODE button until CAL appears in the display (approximately eight seconds); then release. 2. Drive the vehicle slowly (less than 5 km/h/3 mph) in circles until the CAL indicator turns off (2-3 complete circles). LAMP MODE LAMP CAL Map lamps Press ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 32
    Controls and features 1. Remove storage clip from door. 2. Place Velcro™ hook onto side of aftermarket transmitter opposite of actuator button. 3. Place transmitter into storage compartment, button down. 4. Place the provided height adapters onto the back side of the GARAGE button as needed. 5....
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 33
    .... Press bottom of rocker switch to close it. LAMP MODE LAMP Autolamp delay system and automatic dimming mirror (if equipped) Autolamp The autolamp sets the ... is in the OFF position. If the headlamp switch is on, you override the autolamp. 2. Turn the ignition key to ON or start your vehicle. 33
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 34
    ... (glare) reach the mirror. When the mirror detects bright light from the front or behind, it will adjust automatically to minimize glare. The automatic ...active, the mirror senses bright light (glare) from the front and rear and automatically adjusts itself to minimize glare. RELAY AUTOLAMP OFF MAX ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 35
    Controls and features DOOR MOUNTED CONTROLS Power windows Driver side control Press and hold rocker switch to close driver window. Press and release rocker switch for partial window movement. The driver side power window has a one touch down feature. When the AUTO switch is fully pressed, the ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 36
    Controls and features Press rocker switch to open the rear passenger window(s). Press rocker switch to close the rear passenger window(s). Your vehicle has a power window lock feature. When the power window lock feature is enabled, the passenger and the rear seat power windows cannot be operated by...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 37
    Controls and features Passenger side control Press rocker switch to open window. Press rocker switch to close window. DOOR LOCK L U WINDOW Rear seat passengers Press rocker switch to open right rear window. Press rocker switch to close right rear window. Press rocker switch to open left rear ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 38
    Controls and features Power locks Driver side Press U once to unlock all doors and liftgate. Press L once to lock all doors and liftgate. DOOR LOCK U L AUTO WINDOW LOCK Passenger side Press U once to unlock all doors and liftgate. Press L once to lock all doors and liftgate. DOOR LOCK L U ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 39
    Controls and features Rear liftgate Press rocker switch (key graphic) once to unlock all doors and liftgate. Press opposite side to lock all doors and liftgate. DOOR LOCK Childproof locks for rear doors When you set these locks, the rear doors cannot be opened from the inside. The rear doors can ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 40
    Controls and features Move lever to LOCK position (up) to set the lock. Move lever to UNLOCK position (down) to disengage the lock. Two-step unlock feature (if equipped) This feature allows you to unlock all vehicle doors with the key. 1. Unlock driver door. 2. Repeat unlock procedure within 4 ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 41
    ... Keyless entry system for further information). The system will automatically turn off after 25 seconds or when the ignition switch is turned to START or ON position. The inside lights will not turn off if you have turned them on with the dimmer thumbwheel or ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 42
    Controls and features Power mirrors 1. Select driver or passenger mirror by moving selector lever left for driver or right for passenger. 2. Move the mirror control knob until mirror reaches desired position. 3. Return the selector lever to the center ''off'' position. CONSOLE CONTROLS ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 43
    ... and features Auxiliary power point This power point is an additional power source for electrical accessories. Do not plug optional electrical accessories into the cigarette lighter. Use the power point. Replacing the tissue box 1. Lift armrest and slide ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 44
    Controls and features Rear console (if equipped) Your vehicle is equipped with a rear console that includes the following features: 1. Air vents 2. Audio system controls (refer to Audio Guide) 3. Rear seat climate control direction and fan controls 4. Cupholders 44
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 45
    Controls and features Rear climate controls - VOLUME + BAND SEEK MEMORY Turn the air distribution dial to the desired airflow position. - VOLUME + BAND SEEK MEMORY Turn the fan speed dial to the desired position. - VOLUME + BAND SEEK MEMORY 45
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 46
    Controls and features Controlling airflow Select for air to flow through these vents: - VOLUME + BAND SEEK MEMORY for air to flow through Select these vents: - VOLUME + BAND SEEK MEMORY Cargo area controls Cargo cover (if equipped) Your vehicle is equipped with a cargo shade that...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 47
    ... stop or collision, the cover should be attached to the brackets when not in use. Rewinding shade to regain lost ...tension. If this happens, then follow these instructions to rewind the shade. You will need the help ...roller tube twice. Tuck the edges of the vinyl inside the end cap with each wrap. 47
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 48
    ... tire and jack Your vehicle is equipped with a full-size spare tire located behind the rear bumper. For instructions on how remove and mount the spare tire, refer to the Roadside emergencies section later in this Owner's Guide. 48
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 49
    ... vehicle doors and liftgate without using the key. • arm and disarm the anti-theft system. 1•2 3•4 5•6 7•8 9•0 See also Remote entry system and Anti-theft system later in this chapter for more information. Your vehicle has a factory-set 5-digit code that operates the ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 50
    .... If a second personal code is entered, the module will erase the old code in favor of the new code. If you wish to erase your personal code, use...button to unlock all doors. Locking doors with keyless entry system It is not necessary to enter the factory or personal code prior to ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 51
    ... press 7/8 and 9/0 buttons at the same time. This will arm your anti-theft system; see Arming anti... system with keyless entry and Anti-theft system later in this chapter for more details. Arming anti... and 9/0 buttons at the same time. To disarm the anti-theft system: • enter either the factory-set ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 52
    ...is released. Deactivating autolock Before following the activation or deactivation procedures, make sure that the anti-theft system is not armed, ignition is off, and all...system also arms and disarms the anti-theft system (see Anti-theft system later in this chapter for more ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 53
    ... the horn will chirp, and the lamps will flash. This will arm your anti-theft system. If the horn chirps twice, a door is still ajar and the anti-theft system will not arm. See Anti-theft system for more details. Remote entry personal alarm The remote entry personal alarm ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 54
    ... CK U LO N CK PA NIC This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following ... the transmitter batteries. Replacement batteries can be purchased at most pharmacies or through your Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer. The transmitter is powered by two coin type three-volt...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 55
    Controls and features When installing new batteries, be sure to place the positive (+) side down as ... can be used) from your dealer. Use the following instructions to re-program the key fobs. Re-programming... ignition. 2. Rotate key to ON five times. DO NOT START THE ENGINE. Keep key in ON position the...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 56
    ... and features Anti-theft system (if equipped) When set, the anti-theft system protects against unauthorized entry into a locked vehicle. The ignition switch must be in the OFF position to arm the anti-theft system. Arming the anti-theft system Use one of the following methods to...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 57
    ... exterior lamps and honking horn will shut off automatically after about 3 minutes. The lights and horn will remain off unless another unauthorized entry is attempted. However, the vehicle will not start until the system is properly disarmed. How to disarm the system To cancel ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 58
    ...is opened during the 10 minute period the delayed accessory feature is disabled. Battery saver Battery saver ... shuts off power to these lights after 40 minutes: glove box, engine compartment, ... battery from being drained if these lights are left on or if a door is not completely closed. Battery power ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 59
    Seating and safety restraints FRONT BUCKET SEATS Adjusting manual seats Lift to move the seat forward or backward. Pull up to recline the seat. 59
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 60
    Seating and safety restraints Adjusting power seats (if equipped) Pull up to recline the seat. Press to tilt front and rear of seat up or down. 60
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 61
    Seating and safety restraints Press in the desired direction to raise or lower the seat, or to move the seat backward or forward. Push to increase (+) or decrease (-) lumbar support. + - 61
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 62
    Seating and safety restraints Rear seat four-way head restraints (if equipped) Push the lock release button to raise or lower the head restraint. Push or pull head restraint to desired position. Folding rear seat If your vehicle is equipped with a built-in child seat, the seatback cannot be folded...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 63
    Seating and safety restraints Return to upright 1. Push downward on upper outboard corner of seatback and hold. 2. Lift release handle upward to unlatch seat. 3. Rotate seatback upward until seatback latches in the upright position. You will hear a ''click'' when seatback locks. SAFETY ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 64
    ... a collision, people riding in these areas are more likely to be seriously injured or killed. Do not allow people to ride in any area of your vehicle that is not equipped with seats and safety belts. Be sure everyone in your vehicle is in a seat and using a ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 65
    ... locking modes described below: Vehicle sensitive (Emergency) locking mode The vehicle sensitive mode is...response to vehicle movement. For example, if the driver brakes suddenly, turns a corner sharply, or the vehicle .... The front seat belt system can also be made to lock manually by quickly pulling ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 66
    ...the shoulder belt is automatically pre-locked; however, the belt will still retract to remove any slack in the shoulder belt. The automatic locking mode is not available on the driver safety belt. When to use the automatic locking mode • When a tight lap/shoulder belt fit is desired. • Any time...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 67
    ... the automatic locking mode and activate the vehicle sensitive (emergency) locking mode. Front seat safety belt height adjustment Your vehicle has ... height adjustments for the driver and passenger seating positions. Adjust the height of the shoulder belt so the belt rests across ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 68
    ... shoulder belt, push the button and slide up. 3. Pull down on the height adjustment assembly to make sure it is locked in place. Center rear lap belt The center ... the belt retracts, guide the tongue to its stowed position. If you do not guide the tongue, it may strike you or part of the vehicle. 68
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 69
    ... turned to ON...SAFETY BELT MAINTENANCE Check the safety belt systems periodically to make sure that they work properly and are not damaged. Check the safety belts to make sure there are no nicks, wear, or cuts. If your vehicle has been involved in an accident, ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 70
    ... label may become visible. If any part of the orange label is exposed, the belt must be replaced. Failure to replace ... in severe personal injuries in the event of a collision. Lincoln-Mercury recommends that all safety belt assemblies used in vehicles involved in a collision be replaced. However, if...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 71
    ... a safety belt extension assembly (part # 611C22). Safety belt extensions are available at no cost from your dealer. Use only extensions manufactured ... shoulder belt across the torso. Failure to follow these instructions will affect the performance of the safety belts and increase the ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 72
    ...Do not attempt to service, repair, or modify the air bag supplemental restraint system or its fuses. See your Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer. Rear-facing child seats or infant carriers should never be placed in the front seat. Air ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 73
    ... OFF HI *A/C *MAX A/C The air bag system consists of two parts: • The driver air bag in... glove compartment. • The electrical system, made up of impact sensors, a diagnostic module, and a backup ...diagnostic module monitors its own internal circuits and the supplemental air bag electrical system ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 74
    ...functional. If you hear a group of five beeps, or if the warning light does not illuminate, stays lit, or flashes, the air bag system requires immediate service. Have the vehicle serviced at your dealer. CHILD RESTRAINT PRECAUTIONS You are required ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 75
    ...moving. The passenger cannot protect the child from injury in a collision. Always follow the instructions and warnings that come with any infant or child restraint you ...a combination lap and shoulder belt can be positioned so it does not cross or rest in front of the child's face or neck, the child...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 76
    ... seat. CHILDREN AND INFANT OR CHILD SAFETY SEATS Carefully follow all of the manufacturer's instructions included with the safety seat you put in your vehicle. If you do not install and use the safety seat properly, the child may be injured in ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 77
    Seating and safety restraints Installing child safety seats in combination lap and shoulder belt seating positions 1. Position the child safety seat in a seat with a combination lap and shoulder belt. If you choose to install a child safety seat in the front passenger seat, move the seat as far ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 78
    ... shoulder and lap belt portions together, route the tongue through the child seat according to the child seat manufacturer's instructions. Be sure the belt webbing is not twisted. 4. Insert the belt tongue into the proper buckle for that seating ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 79
    ... out of the retractor to make sure the retractor is in the automatic locking mode (you should not be able to pull more belt out). If the retractor is not locked, unbuckle the belt and repeat Steps 2 through 9. Check to make sure the child seat is properly ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 80
    ... about ordering a tether strap if one is not provided to you. Contact your Ford ... is used. Follow the child seat manufacturer's instructions for installing a child seat with a tether strap.... attached to the tether anchoring bracket as shown in the instructions provided with the tether anchor kit. If...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 81
    Seating and safety restraints instruction under Installing child safety seats in combination lap ... seat conforms to all federal and Canadian motor vehicle safety standards. Read the labels located ... harness slots on the built-in child seat Children not meeting these requirements should be secured in ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 82
    ... restraints Placing your child in the built-in child seat Failure to follow all of the instructions on the use of this child restraint system can result in your child striking ...must be fully locked before operating the child restraint system. 1. Grasp the pull strap and pull toward you ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 83
    Seating and safety restraints 2. Pull both Velcro straps to release child seat cushion. 3. Lower child seat cushion. 83
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 84
    Seating and safety restraints 4. Unfold cushion protector flap onto adult seat cushion. 5. If connected, disconnect the chest clip and buckles. 6. Place the child in the seat and position the left shoulder belt over the child's left shoulder first, then place the right shoulder belt over the ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 85
    ...on each tongue is green to ensure proper safety belt connections. If both tongues do not latch in the buckle, do not use the child seat. See your... repairs. 8. Fasten the left and right chest clip halves together, and adjust the clip (up or down) to comfortably hold the shoulder belts in place on the...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 86
    ...or attempting to get out of the child seat. If not placed in the ALR mode, the child seat shoulder belts are in a vehicle sensitive (emergency locking) mode, adjusting shoulder belt tightness in response to vehicle movement. Activating the automatic locking ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 87
    Seating and safety restraints 2. Allow the shoulder belts to fully retract. Removing your child from the built-in child seat 1. Disconnect the chest clip by squeezing the release tabs together and pulling the two sides apart. 2. Press the release button on the crotch buckle. 3. Slide the shoulder ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 88
    ... was minor and a qualified technician finds that the child restraints do not show damage and continue to operate properly, they do not need to be replaced. Built-in child seats not in use during a collision should also be inspected and replaced if either damage or improper ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 89
    ..., or drive your vehicle in dry grass or other dry ground cover. The emission system heats up the engine compartment and exhaust system, which can start a fire. Do not start your vehicle in a closed garage or other enclosed area. Never sit in a ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 90
    Starting your vehicle 2. Make sure the headlamps and vehicle accessories are off. OFF 3. Make sure the parking brake is set and the gearshift lever is ... OFF COAST SRS 4. Turn the key to the ON position (without turning the key to START). LOCK ON OFF START ACCESSORY 90
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 91
    ...light fails to illuminate, have the vehicle serviced. If the driver's safety belt is light does not fastened, the illuminate. STARTING THE VEHICLE After... brake and release the parking brake. Special conditions when starting ON OFF START LOCK ACCESSORY Starting a cold engine At ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 92
    Starting your vehicle seconds. If the engine does not start on the first attempt: 1. Turn the ignition key ... than five seconds. If the engine does not start on the first attempt: 1. Turn the ignition key ... than five seconds. If the engine does not start on the first attempt: 1. Turn the ignition key ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 93
    ... as the engine speeds up. If the engine still does not start, refer to Fuel pump shutoff switch in the Roadside emergencies chapter. Engine block heater ... To prevent electrical shock, do not use your engine block heater with ungrounded electrical systems or two-pronged (cheater) ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 94
    ..., have your dealer inspect your vehicle immediately. Do not drive if you smell exhaust fumes. Have the exhaust and body ventilation system checked whenever: • The vehicle is raised for service. • The sound of the exhaust system changes. • The vehicle has been damaged in a ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 95
    ... is idling while the vehicle is stopped in an open area for long periods of time, open the windows at least 2.5 cm (1 inch). Adjust the heating or air conditioning to bring in fresh air. • Improve vehicle ventilation by keeping all air inlet vents clear of snow, ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 96
    ...operation. Apply the brakes steadily. DO NOT pump the brakes in a panic stop. The brake system will prevent wheel lockup by automatically ... the vehicle is driven. A mechanical noise may be heard while the system conducts its self-test. Occasional brake squeal during light to moderate stops is normal....
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 97
    ... your vehicle serviced as soon as possible. Normal braking operation is still effective unless the light is ... sure that the gearshift is securely latched in P (Park). The parking brake is not designed to stop a moving vehicle. However, if the normal brakes fail, the parking brake can be used to stop ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 98
    ... fully released, but the warning light remains on, have the brakes checked immediately. They may not be working properly. AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION OPERATION (4R70W...the gearshift from position to position. If you do not hold the brake pedal down, your vehicle may move unexpectedly ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 99
    ... into or out of P (Park). Always set the parking brake fully and make sure that the gearshift is ... (Reverse). N - Neutral Vehicle is free to roll. Do not leave the vehicle unattended with the transfer case in the N (Neutral) position. Always set the parking brake fully and turn off the ignition when ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 100
    ...ACC OFF COAST SRS O/D ON/OFF D - Drive Not shown on the display. Activate by pressing transmission ...Transmission operates in gears 1-3. Provides more engine braking than D (Overdrive) and is useful when towing... Use 2 (Second) to start-up on slippery roads or to provide additional engine braking 100...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 101
    ... key. 3. Insert the key and turn to OFF. 4. Apply brake pedal and shift to N (Neutral). 5. Start the vehicle. If it is necessary to use the ...possible that a fuse has blown and the vehicle's brakelamps may not be operating properly. Refer to Fuses and relays in the Roadside emergencies chapter. 101
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 102
    ... between forward and reverse gears in a steady rhythm. Press lightly on the accelerator in each gear. Do not rock the vehicle for more than a few...to all four wheels through a transfer case. The AWD system is full-time and has no external controls. The AWD transfer case utilizes a viscous clutch that ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 103
    ... than ordinary passenger cars. Utility and four-wheel drive vehicles are NOT designed for cornering at speeds as high as passenger cars any more than low-... motion, make sure you grip the steering wheel from the outside. Do not grip the spokes. Drive cautiously to avoid vehicle damage from concealed ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 104
    ...vehicle may stall. Once through water, always try the brakes. Wet brakes do not stop the vehicle as effectively as dry brakes. Drying can be improved by moving your vehicle slowly while applying light pressure on the brake pedal. After driving through mud, clean off residue...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 105
    ... axle lubricants must be replaced every 160,000 km (100,000 miles) or if the... check the lubrication of the rear axle according to the intervals in the Service Guide. Driving on hill or slope terrain When... descending a steep hill avoid sudden braking. Rapid pumping of the brake pedal will help slow the...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 106
    ... ice. Apply the accelerator slowly and steadily when starting from a full stop. When braking, apply the brakes as you normally would. In order to allow the anti-lock brake system (ABS) to operate properly, keep steady pressure on the brake pedal. Allow more stopping distance ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 107
    ... tires may be damaged or the engine can overheat. Do not spin the wheels at over 55 km/h (35 ... are more likely to be seriously injured or killed. Do not allow people to ride in any area of ... any standard equipment, fluids, lubricants, etc. It does not include passengers or aftermarket equipment. 107
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 108
    ... (including passengers, cargo, and optional equipment). Remember, the GVW is not a limit or a specification. • GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating): Maximum ... GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating): Carrying capacity for each axle system (front and rear). This amount is specific to each particular vehicle ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 109
    Driving • Maximum Trailer Weight Rating: Maximum weight of a trailer the vehicle is permitted to tow. The maximum trailer weight rating equals the vehicle curb weight for each engine/transmission combination, any required option weight for trailer towing and the weight of the driver from the GCWR...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 110
    Driving Do not use replacement tires with lower weight capacities than the original because they...and GAWR limitations. Replacement tires with a higher weight limit than the originals do not increase the ... load on your vehicle's engine, transmission, axle, brakes, tires and suspension. Inspect these ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 111
    Driving If the GVWR or the GAWR specified on the Safety Compliance Certification Label is exceeded, your vehicle may be damaged or you may lose control and injure someone. Towing trailers beyond the maximum recommended gross trailer weight exceeds the limits of the vehicle and could result in ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 112
    ...990 (11,000) All-Wheel Drive For high altitude operation, reduce GCWR by 2% per 300 meters (1,000 ft) elevation. To determine the maximum trailer weight...dealer or a reliable trailer dealer if you require assistance. 2 Hitches Do not use or install hitches that clamp onto the bumper or to the axle...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 113
    ...that meet Federal and local regulations. Install and adjust the brakes according to the manufacturer's instructions. Do not connect a trailer's hydraulic brake system directly to your vehicle's brake system. Your vehicle may not have enough braking power and your ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 114
    ... your dealer or trailer rental agency for the proper instructions and equipment for hooking up trailer lamps. Do not hook the trailer lamps directly into the vehicle's lighting system wiring. If the trailer lamps are not installed properly, the warning lights in the ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 115
    ... vehicle will require more frequent service intervals. Refer to the Service Guide for more information. Trailer ... you have travelled about 80 km (50 miles), thoroughly check your hitch, electrical ...and air conditioner efficiency. • Vehicles with trailers should not be parked on a grade. If you must ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 116
    ...Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). Use the following steps to adjust the luggage rack. • Turn... slide crossbar forward or backward. • Turn adjustment wheel forward to lock crossbar. FUEL..., scheduled maintenance • excessive speed • rapid acceleration • driving with the brake pedal depressed 116...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 117
    ... stops • extended engine idling • use of speed control in hilly terrain • extended use of the air conditioner, defroster, rear window defroster and other accessories • underinflated tires • heavy loads • aftermarket add-ons such as bike, ski or luggage racks, bug deflectors, etc. 117
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 118
    Roadside emergencies HAZARD SWITCH Use the hazard flashers to warn traffic of vehicle problems. Press ... a collision or major jolt. If the vehicle does not start, it is possible that the fuel pump shutoff switch ... you see or smell fuel, do not reset the switch or try to start your vehicle. Have all the...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 119
    Roadside emergencies Press the red button to reset the fuel pump. FUSES AND RELAYS Fuses If electrical components in the vehicle are not working, a fuse may have blown. Blown fuses ... identified by a broken wire. Check the appropriate fuses before replacing any electrical components. Always replace ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 120
    Roadside emergencies Standard fuse amperage rating and color Fuse Rating 7.5 amp 10 ...fuse link Even after a fuse is replaced, it will continue to blow if the cause of the overload is not identified and ... blow, have the vehicle's electrical system checked. Passenger compartment fuse panel Pull panel ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 121
    Roadside emergencies Use the fuse puller tool provided on the passenger compartment fuse panel cover to replace fuses. 1 5 9 13 17 21 25 29 31 2 6 ... 10 amp 7.5 amp 34 Circuits Protected Power mirror, power antenna High-mount brakelamp Parking lamps Left headlamp Data link ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 122
    ... run relay Cigar lighter A/C system Ignition coil, PCM system Radio, power antenna, GEM system, anti-theft Turn/hazard flasher Turn signals Rear wiper system Anti-theft relay Instrument cluster, GEM system 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 7.5 ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 123
    ... box lamp, overhead lamp, visor lamps, accessory delay, dimmer switch illumination GEM system Audio system Not used Rear blower motor relay Heated rear window DRL module, RH and LH headlamp, instrument cluster Luxury audio system Not used Not used 27 10 ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 124
    Roadside emergencies Power distribution box Lift cover towards front of vehicle to access the power distribution box. The high-current fuses in the power distribution box protect your vehicle's main electrical systems from overloads. The high current fuses are coded as follows:...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 125
    Roadside emergencies High Current Fuse Rating 20 amp 30 amp 40 amp 50 amp 60 amp Always disconnect the battery before servicing high current fuses. Always replace the cover to the power distribution box before reconnecting the battery or refilling fluid reservoirs. Color ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 126
    Roadside emergencies Maxi fuses Fuse 8 9 10 Amps 30 amp 50 amp 30 amp Circuits protected Battery saver ..., accessory delay relay Horn relay, Powertrain control module (PCM) Not used Hazard flasher, brake ON/OFF switch, cigar lighter, power antenna, power mirrors, autolamps, instrument cluster, GEM, ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 127
    ... box. Relays receive signals from components or systems and transfer these signals to activate or deactivate other components or systems. Mercury recommends that relays be replaced by a qualified technician. 6 2 1 5 3 2 1 4 127
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 128
    ... Tire change procedure 1. Park on a level surface. 2. Activate the hazard flashers. 3. Set the parking brake. 4. Place the gearshift in P (Park). 5. Block the diagonally opposite wheel. 6. Remove the jack and lug wrench. Circuits connected Wiper run ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 129
    Roadside emergencies 7. Remove the jack handle (located underneath rear seat). 8. Assemble the jack handle to the lug wrench. 9. Insert drive section of the jack handle into the actuator hole and turn counterclockwise until the cable is slack enough to allow ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 130
    Roadside emergencies 11. Insert tapered end of the lug nut wrench behind hubcaps and twist off. Not using the tapered end of the lug nut wrench at the pry-...nuts with the lug wrench about one half turn. 13. Position the jack on the lower suspension arm to raise front wheel. 130
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 131
    Roadside emergencies Position the jack under the rear axle to raise the rear wheel. 14. Turn the jack handle clockwise and raise the vehicle until the tire... than original equipment could cause damage to the wheel or mounting system and allow the wheels to come off while the vehicle...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 132
    Roadside emergencies To stow largest flat tire, place inside vehicle and secure with webbing retainer. JUMP STARTING A DISABLED VEHICLE The gases around the battery can explode if exposed to flames, sparks, or lit cigarettes. An explosion could result in injury or vehicle...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 133
    Roadside emergencies vegetable oil. Call a doctor immediately. To avoid damage or injury, follow these directions ... are given. If in doubt, call for road service. Before jump starting a vehicle: • Make sure the booster battery vehicle has a 12-volt starting system (a 24-volt power supply will cause...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 134
    Roadside emergencies Do not connect the end of the second cable to the negative (-) terminal of the battery to be jumped. A spark may cause an explosion of the gases that surround the battery. 5. Start the engine in the vehicle with the booster battery. 6. Wait a few minutes and ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 135
    Roadside emergencies WRECKER TOWING It is recommended that your vehicle be towed with wheel lift and dollies or flatbed equipment. Do not tow with slingbelt equipment. Ford Motor Company has not developed or approved a T-hook or slingbelt towing procedure. 135
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 136
    ...Ford has designed parts that do not require servicing. However, when servicing is required, Ford's...dealership can provide the necessary parts and service. Check the Warranty Guide to find out ...only recommended fuels, lubricants, fluids, and service parts conforming to Ford specifications. Motorcraft...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 137
    ...battery before working near the fan. • Never get under a vehicle supported only by a jack. If you must work under a vehicle, use ...away from the battery and all fuel-related parts. Working with the engine off 1. Set the parking brake and make sure that the gearshift is securely latched in P (Park)....
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 138
    Maintenance and care Working with the engine on 1. Set the parking brake and make sure that the gearshift is securely latched in P (Park). 2. Do not work on a ... the hood, push the hood latch handle located behind the grille near the center front of the vehicle to the left. 3. Lift the...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 139
    ... reservoir 2 Windshield washer reservoir 3 Engine oil filler tube 4 Automatic transmission dipstick 5 Brake master cylinder 6 Power distribution box 7 8 9 10 11 12 Battery Radiator cap Power steering fluid reservoir Engine oil dipstick Ignition coil packs ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 140
    ... for all climates down to -25°C (-15°F). Do not use: • "non-detergent" oils • oils labeled ... under certain conditions, lead to engine damage which is not covered by your Ford warranty. Synthetic engine ... engine oil and oil filter must still be changed according to the Service Guide. 140
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 141
    ...Make sure the vehicle is parked on level ground. 2. Depress the parking brake. Place the gearshift in P (Park). 3. Open the hood. Protect yourself from engine heat. 4. Remove the...oil level lies between the MIN and MAX lines, there is no need to add. 5. If the oil level is below the...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 142
    .... Add engine oil through the oil filler cap and use a funnel to pour oil into... and long life. If a replacement oil filter is used that does not meet Ford material and design specifications, startup engine noises or... engine application. CHECKING AND ADDING BRAKE FLUID Brake fluid should be checked and ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 143
    ...3. If necessary, add brake fluid until the level reaches within 1/8 of the MAX line on the reservoir. • Do not exceed MAX. MAX Use only a DOT 3 brake fluid certified to meet .... Brake fluid is toxic. If you use brake fluid that is not DOT 3, you will cause permanent damage. Do not...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 144
    Maintenance and care CHECKING AND ADDING WASHER FLUID Visually inspect the fluid level in the washer fluid reservoir. If washer fluid needs to be added to the reservoir: 1. Lift the washer fluid reservoir cover. 2. Add enough washer fluid to fill the reservoir. SHER F WA LU ID ONLY 144
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 145
    ...once a month. If the engine coolant has not been checked for a long period of time,...coolant to the reservoir in this chapter. Automotive fluids are not interchangeable; do not use engine coolant,...coolant Ford recommends Ford Premium Cooling System fluid, which is an optimized formula that will protect...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 146
    ... 80,000 km (50,000 miles). It is not necessary and not recommended to use supplemental coolant ... coolant may void your warranty for the engine cooling system. Use only a premium nationally-recognized brand ... engine coolant Never remove the coolant recovery cap while the engine is running or hot. 146
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 147
    ... for safe removal. 2. When the engine is cool, lift the cap. 3. Step back while pressure releases.... has been released, remove the recovery cap. 5. Stand away from the reservoir opening; hot ... interval for changing engine coolant as outlined in the Service Guide. For coolant recovery reservoir capacity...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 148
    Maintenance and care Checking the cooling system hoses Before adding or replacing coolant, inspect all cooling system hoses for: • deterioration • leaks • loose clamps CHECKING AND ADDING POWER STEERING FLUID Check the power ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 149
    ..., visually inspect the lines and hoses of the power steering system for leaks and damage. • If new fluid is frequently required, consult a qualified service technician. • Use fluid certified to meet Ford Motor Company lubricant specifications. Refer to Refill ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 150
    ... fluid level should be checked if the transmission is not working properly, i.e., the transmission slips or shifts ... temperature, after approximately 32 km (20 miles) of driving. However, if necessary, you ... the gearshift lever in P(Park), set the parking brake and leave the engine running. 4. Remove ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 151
    ...fluid level should be within the crosshatched area, or if the vehicle has not been driven, between the holes near the bottom of the ...removed by a qualified technician. • Use fluid certified to meet Ford Motor Company lubricant specifications. Refer to Refill capacities and Lubricant specifications ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 152
    ... the filler plug and inspect the fluid level. 3. Fluid level should be at the bottom of the opening. When adding transfer case fluid: • Use fluid certified to meet Ford Motor Company lubricant specifications. Refer to Refill capacities and Lubricant specifications later in this chapter. 152
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 153
    ... low-maintenance battery. For information on replacement batteries, refer to Motorcraft part numbers in the Capacities and ... can cause personal injury. Do not allow flames, sparks, or lit smoking materials to...opposite corners. Servicing your battery The low-maintenance battery has removable vent caps ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 154
    ... or 40,000 km (24,000 miles) in average temperatures 32°C (90°F). Keep... are maintained by power from the battery. When the battery is disconnected or a new battery is installed, the computer must “relearnମ.: 1. Put the gearshift in P (Park). 2. Turn off all accessories, and start the vehicle. 154...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 155
    ... will automatically complete as you drive the vehicle. • If you do not allow the engine to relearn its idle, the idle quality of your vehicle may... the idle is eventually relearned. • If the battery has been disconnected or a new battery has been installed, the clock and preset radio stations must...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 156
    ... the two halves of the air cleaner. 2. Remove the air filter element from the open end of the engine air cleaner and replace it with a new element. 3. Replace the two halves of the air cleaner and secure the clamp. CHECKING AND CHANGING WIPER BLADES Check the ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 157
    ... and turn the ignition to LOCK. Do not move the wipers manually across the windshield as this may cause ...blades If the wiper blades do not work properly after cleaning, replacement of the blade assembly or... arm away from wiper blade assembly. 3. Attach the new wiper blade by pulling wiper mounting arm...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 158
    ...in wiper blade until lock tab is engaged. Information about tire grades New vehicles are fitted with tires that have their Tire Quality Grade (described... Department of Transportation has set. Tire Quality Grades apply to new pneumatic tires for use on passenger cars. They do not apply to deep tread, ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 159
    ... may depart significantly from the norm due to variations in driving habits, service practices, and differences in road characteristics and climate....poor traction performance. The traction grade assigned to this tire is based on braking (straight ahead) traction tests and does not include cornering (...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 160
    ...all passenger tires must meet under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 109. Grades A and B represent higher levels of performance on the ... for this tire is established for a tire that is properly inflated and not overloaded. Excessive speed, under inflation, or excessive ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 161
    ... at least one hour or driven less than 5 km (3 miles). The cold pressure amount is listed on the Safety Compliance Certification Label ... your tires Rotate your tires at regular intervals to ensure even wear. Rotation intervals are listed in the Service Guide. Your wheels and tires are match-mounted...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 162
    ...tires Replace the tires when the wear band is visible through the tire treads. When replacing full size tires, never mix radial bias belted or bias-type ... that are listed on the tire pressure decal. Make sure all replacement tires are of the same size, type, load-carrying capacity, and tread design, ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 163
    ... Label to determine the specific size tire and wheel Ford Motor Company recommends for use on this vehicle. All wheel/tire combinations (...chains. • Install chains securely, verifying that the chains do not touch any wiring, brake lines or fuel lines. • Install tire chains on rear tires only. 163
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 164
    ... loading your vehicle. • Remove the tire chains when they are no longer needed. Do not use tire chains on dry roads. • ... may cause leakage and lead to fuel spray and fire. If you do not use a proper fuel cap, the pressure in the fuel tank can damage the fuel system or cause it to work improperly ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 165
    ... if any damage to the fuel tank and/or fuel system occurs. If the fuel cap is venting vapor or you hear a hissing sound, wait ... if swallowed. If fuel is swallowed call a physician immediately, even if no symptoms are apparent. The toxic effects of fuels may not be visible for many hours. Fuels can ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 166
    ... of 10% ethanol or 15% MTBE. There should be no more than 5% methanol with cosolvents. Octane recommendations ... or even less. Do not be concerned if your vehicle sometimes knocks lightly. However, if... quality If you are experiencing starting, rough idle or hesitation problems try a different brand of ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 167
    ...AAMA specification if they are available. It should not be necessary to add any aftermarket products ... gasolines. If California reformulated gasoline is not available when you refuel, your vehicle..., the performance of the emission control devices and systems may be adversely affected. Repair of damage...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 168
    ... tank, record the amount of fuel added (in liters or gallons). 3. After at least three to five fuel ...x 100 Total kilometers travelled Total miles travelled Total gallons used The fuel economy .... WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM Your vehicle is equipped with a catalytic converter ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 169
    ... your vehicle, never use a metal exhaust collector. A metal collector may melt or deform plastic parts. Do not park, idle, or drive your vehicle...in dry grass or other dry ground cover. The emission system heats up the engine compartment and exhaust system, which can start a fire. On vehicles without ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 170
    ...more of the following, the emission system may not be working properly. Have the vehicle serviced as soon ...use a metal exhaust collector. A metal collector may heat or deform plastic parts. Important ... that cause more unburned fuel to reach the exhaust system can increase the temperature of the engine...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 171
    ...of the On-Board Diagnostic (OBD II) system. If the vehicle's powertrain system or battery has just been serviced, the OBD II system is reset to a not ready for I/M testing condition. To ready the OBD II system for I/M testing, the law specifies that...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 172
    Maintenance and care EXTERIOR LAMPS Replacing the exterior bulbs It is a good idea to check the operation of the following lights frequently: • Headlamps • High-mount brakelamp • Tail lamps • Brakelamps • Backup lamps • Hazard flasher 172
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 173
    ... License plate lamp • Fog lamps • Interior overhead lamp Do not remove lamp bulbs unless they will be replaced immediately. If a bulb is removed ... reach. Grasp the bulb only by its plastic base and do not touch the glass; the oil from your hand could cause the bulb ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 174
    ... brakelamp is located just above the rear liftgate window. For bulb replacement, see your dealer. Rear turn signals/brake/tail lamps/backup lamps The tail lamps, backup lamps and the brake lamps are located in the same bezel. Follow these steps to 174
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 175
    Maintenance and care remove and replace any of the bulbs. 1. Remove the two (2) screws retaining .... Install bulb in socket. Install socket to lamp. Replace rear lamp. Hazard flasher For more ... switch, refer to Hazard switch in the Roadside emergencies chapter. For bulb replacement, see your dealer. ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 176
    ... turn signals, refer to Turn signals in the Controls and Features chapter. For bulb replacement, see your dealer. License plate lamp To change the license plate...the bumper. 2. Turn and pull the socket from the lamp and remove the bulb. 3. Replace socket into lamp and press lamp back into bumper. 176
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 177
    ... connector from the back of the foglamp by turning it counterclockwise. 2. Remove bulb by lifting retaining clip and pulling the bulb from the assembly. 3. Replace the bulb and insert the bulb assembly back into the foglamp. 4. Lock bulb assembly into place by turning it clockwise until it stops. ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 178
    ... rotate bulb holder counterclockwise 90°. The bulb and bulb holder will drop out. LAMP MODE LAMP 3. Pull bulb from bulb holder. Insert new bulb. 4. To replace the bulb holder, push up and rotate clockwise 90°. 5. Replace lens. 178
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 179
    ...and turn signal Front side marker lamp Underhood lamp Fog lamps Rear Lamps - Exterior Rear back-up lamp High-mount brakelamp License plate lamp Rear tail/brake lamp Turn lamp Interior Courtesy Lamps Cargo lamp Dome lamp (low series) Dome lamp (high series) Map lamps Map lamps with overhead console (...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 180
    ...of Bulbs Trade Number 1 1 1 each 1 1 1 1 161 194 194 161 2 1815 161 Replaceable at Lincoln/Mercury and Ford authorized radio service centers. 2 See your dealer for bulb replacement. * Natural amber Aiming headlamps The alignment of your headlamps...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 181
    Maintenance and care See your Lincoln/Mercury or Ford dealer for precise adjustment of your headlamps. CLEANING AND CARING FOR YOUR...by snow, salt and water. Remove any aftermarket accessories, such as antennas, before entering a car wash. After washing your vehicle, apply the brakes several times to ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 182
    ... and road oil remover to remove grease and tar. Cleaning plastic parts Some of your vehicle's trim parts are plastic. ... necessary. Use a vinyl cleaner for routine cleaning. Do not clean plastic parts with thinners, solvents or petroleum based cleaners. Cleaning the instrument panel Any cleaner or ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 183
    ... The high pressure fluid could penetrate the sealed parts and cause damage. • In order to avoid cracking the engine block, do not spray with cold water. • The alternator, ignition coil packs, and air intake must be covered to prevent water damage when ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 184
    ... not bleach or dye the belts, because these actions may weaken the belt webbing. Check the safety belt system periodically to make sure there are no nicks, wear or cuts. If your vehicle has been involved in an accident, have all the safety...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 185
    ... 5-8 have an "E" suffix. If any spark plug needs to be replaced, use only spark plugs with the service part number suffix letters "EE" as shown on the engine decal. REFILL CAPACITIES Fluid Brake fluid Engine coolant Component Brake master ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 186
    ... replacement. 3 All rear axle lube quantities must be replaced every 160,000 km (100,000 miles) or if the axle has been submerged in water. Otherwise, the lube should not be checked or changed unless a leak is suspected or repair required. Refer to the Service Guide. 186
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 187
    ... Steering column, U-joints, clutch linkage pivots, parking brake linkage pivots and clevises and transmission control linkage pivots Brake master cylinder Ultra-Clear Windshield Washer Concentrate ... XG-1C or K ESA-M1C75-B High Performance DOT 3 Brake Fluid C6AZ-19542-AA or BA ESA-...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 188
    ... Component Engine oil Ford part name Motorcraft Motor Oil 5W-30 Super... Premium Long-Life Grease Ford part number X0-5W30 QSP Ford ... Automatic transmission shift linkage and brake pedal shaft Automatic transmission 4R70W Power steering reservoir Parking brake cable Accelerator throttle lever ball stud ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 189
    ...specifications Component Engine coolant Ford part name Premium Cooling System Fluid Premium Long-Life Grease Motorcraft MERCON ATF 4x4 Gear Oil Ford part number E2FX-19549-AA Ford specification ... Bore x Stroke Induction Ignition Firing order Spark plug gap Horsepower Torque Compression ratio...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 190
    Capacities and specifications VEHICLE DIMENSIONS A B C D E Dimensions A = Overall height B = Track front/rear C = Overall width (excluding mirrors) D = Wheelbase E = Overall length 190 1.83 m (67.3 in.) 1.49 m (58.3 in.) 1.87 m (70.2 in.) 2.83 m (111.9 in.) 4.78 m (184.3 in.)
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 191
    Capacities and specifications VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (VIN) 191
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 192
    ... National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying Ford Motor Company. If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may ... remedy campaign. However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer, or Ford Motor Company. To contact NHTSA, you may ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 193
    ...73 indicator light ...74 Air cleaner filter replacing ...156 All Wheel Drive ...102 Anti-theft system ...56 arming the system ...56 disarming a triggered system ..... replacement ...174 Brakes ...97 adjustment ...96 anti-lock ...96 anti-lock brake system (ABS) warning light ...97...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 194
    ... plate lamps ...176 Liftgate ...39 Lights, warning and indicator .8,11 air bag ...8 anti-lock brakes (ABS) ...9 anti-theft ...10 brake ...9 charging system ...8 check engine ...10 check gauges ...8 door ajar ...8 fuel reset ...8 high beam ...9 overdrive...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 195
    ... system arming and disarming the anti-theft system ...52,54 locking/unlocking doors ...53 panic alarm ...53 replacement......64 replacement ...70 warning light and chime ...69 Seats adjusting the seat, manual ...... servicing ...136,138 servicing when you tow ...115 Shift-lock system ...101 Spare ...
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 196
    Index Windshield defrosting ...21 Windshield washer fluid and wipers checking and replacing wiper blades ...156 operation ...24 196
  • 1997 Mercury Mountaineer | Owner's Manual - Page 197
    Filling station information Fuel info Fuel tank capacity Engine oil specifications Tire size and pressure Hood release location Fuel filler location Unleaded only - 87 octane 79.5 L (21.0 gal) Use only oil displaying the American Petroleum Institute Certification Mark SAE 5W-30 See Safety ...



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1997 Mercury Mountaineer Manual