my engine check light came on out of the blue. everything is fine can be the starter? Because it have been starting up funny for few days now.


Asked by Mar 15, 2013 at 08:14 AM about the Mercury Mountaineer

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

16 Answers

you must have your diagnostic check-up, could be done at your parts supplier...think this one is OBD-II (on-board-diagnostics) and doesn't need the check engine light to record somethin' funny goin' on there- have this checked, then tell us the'd take the guesswork out of your diagnosis.

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Some cars the CEL will come on triggered by mileage alone, to remind you about service..but...can you describe 'funny" about start up? It might not be mileage if you are having things happen about the same time

Agreed. One of us will be happy to help

mornin H-

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Funny like i when turn the key i have to step on the gas few time


It's not the starter motor. The ECU does not monitor the starter. Get the codes read to see what caused the CEL like Bob said. -- Mornin gentlemen.

kimmie what year is your car?

and g'morning back at ya fellas. Helpful dudes that ya'all is


1999 mercury mountaineer

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back when cars used to have a carburetor, pumpin' the gas would inject fuel down the throat of the carburetor...but no more, we place this responsibility squarely on the computer's abilities to know when is the right time to 'gas it'-, and pumpin' the pedal ain't what it used to be-

don't scare her H, this may not be the case with her Mountaineer!

You are right Bob. 100%. No need to start in with posting with far fetched scenarios. I am trying to find out if that '99 has OBD or OBDII


i never had no problems with it since i got it few months ago, it just happen yesterday from coming in town from on a little road trip ( which i am still on the trip wont be heading back home in few days). i am maybe 130 miles from home. can it be anything from that. i never took a trip this long with this truck just minor like maybe 45 mile round trip few time in the past

you know, H haven't seen a plain OBD...must be 70s vintage?

Robert Hodge

can being over the oil change mileage on my 2006 mercury mountaineer cause the CEL to come on

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