A check engine light can indicate a broad spectrum of problems with your 1997 Mercury Tracer. In some cases you need to pull over immediately to prevent damage while in others you merely need to tighten you gas cap next time you stop in order to reset the service engine soon light. The video above shows how to locate the on board diagnostics (OBD) plug on your 1997 Tracer, how to read the trouble codes and how to reset or clear the check engine light using a scanner on your Tracer.
Intermittent Check Engine Light: If the check engine light on your 1997 Tracer is intermittent, try to take note of the conditions when this happens. For example, does it happen when you accelerating, driving on the highway or does it appear at low speeds? This will help your mechanic evaluate the issue. Steady Check Engine Light: If your check engine light is on every time you operate your Tracer, you need to have it checked as soon as possible, especially if you notice performance problems or unusual noises. Flashing Check Engine Light: If your check engine light is flashing, stop driving your Tracer and have it towed to your nearest mechanic - you probably have a very serious problem with your car and you risk ruining your engine by driving it. If you are unsure about what your diagnostic trouble codes mean; have your Tracer diagnosed by a professional automotive technician.
Daytime running lights, sometimes referred to as DRLs or DTRs, are lights that switch on automatically when your 1997 Mercury Tracer is turned on and in drive. Since the daytime running lights are on whenever you are driving your Tracer, they are often the first bulbs to burn out. The video above shows you how to change the daytime running lights in your 1997 Tracer. These bulbs grow dimmer by over 20% over time, therefore we recommend changing both bulbs on your Tracer at the same time, even if only one bulb is burnt out - this will allow both DRL bulbs to have the same intensity and prevent the old DRL bulb from appearing dimmer than the new one.
When you change the daytime running light on your Tracer, it is important not touch the glass part of the bulb with your fingers because the oil from your fingertips will cause that part of the bulb to burn hotter, which significantly shortens the life of the bulb. Some studies indicate that driving with your lights on can reduce accidents by 18 - 34%, driving with your DRLs or headlights on the day can reduce your chance of getting in an accident.
The video above shows how to replace blown fuses in the interior fuse box of your 1997 Mercury Tracer in addition to the fuse panel diagram location. Electrical components such as your map light, radio, heated seats, high beams, power windows all have fuses and if they suddenly stop working, chances are you have a fuse that has blown out. If your Tracer is experiencing electrical problems, you should always check the fuses first, because they are relatively easy to check and cheap to change. Some Mercurys have multiple interior fuse boxes including in the trunk - the video above will show you where the interior fuse box of your 1997 Tracer is located. If your Tracer has many options like a sunroof, navigation, heated seats, etc, the more fuses it has. Some components may have multiple fuses, so make sure you check all of the fuses that are linked to the component in question.
If you need to replace a blown fuse in your Tracer, make sure you replace it with one that has the same amperage as the blown fuse. If checking and replacing the fuse for the component in question doesn't work, we recommend seeking assistance from a trusted professional mechanic. They should be able to figure out if the component needs to be replaced or if there is a short or some other problem with your Tracer.
This video demonstrates how to change a burnt out taillight bulb on your 1997 Mercury Tracer. Some of the other bulbs in the tail light cluster such as the brake light or turn signal may also function as the tail light in your Tracer. It is possible for the turn signal or brake light to work but the tailight part to be burnt out - replacing the bulb on your Tracer will restore functionality to both. Since the tailights are on whenever your parking lights or headlights are on, they will burn out eventually. Burn out tail lights are a common reason for a police officer to pull you over, so we recommend changing all of the tail lights on your Tracer whenever one is burnt out.
When changing the tailight bulb on your Tracer, be careful not to touch the glass part of the new bulb as this will cause the tailight bulb to burn out quicker.
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