How do you replace the brakes on a 97 Mercury Villager?
Standard brake removal and installation.
Tools required: Jack and jack stands Tire iron Socket set with 'Torx' or 'star-drive' bits. Screwdrivers C-Clamp (or something to push the caliper back in) band-aids and neosporin.
Procedure overview: Remove cap from brake fluid reservoir, block rear tires, loosen (but don't remove) lug nuts, jack up the car and place jack stands for safety (you don't want 3,000+ lbs. of van landing on you). Remove lug nuts and wheels. Remove the caliper mounting bolts and detach the caliper from the steering knuckle. Use C-clamp to push the piston into the caliper. Use a screwdriver to remove the old pads. Installation is the reverse of removal. When done, step on the brake pedal a few times, and check brake fluid level, filling as necessary.
never done it on this model before but the one's I have replaced, I had to remove the glovebox and the blower motor is usually behind it. should be a couple of bolts holding it in. remove them, replace motor, replace bolts, viola, you're done. on a 97 its up under the dash didnt have to remove the glove box
The fuel filter is on the fire wall on the divers side of the engine compartment. It it under the reservoir for the master cylinder. It is held in place my a metal clip. NOTE: may have fallen out of the holder, and be laying against the fire wall. My 97 has standard hose clamps, so no special tools are needed.
It can be ABS system failure or sticky brakes. If it's ABS you have the ABS warning light on. If it's sticky brakes, you need to find out which part is failed. It's because of pads you need to replace them. If it's the caliper you can try to repair using high temperature grease. In the case when it did not help you need to replace the caliper.
Why would my 97 mercury villager brake lights not work but dash and tail light come on when braking?
I would check the rear bulbs. I just had this issue and it ended up my brother had used the wrong bulb, and odd enough it caused the brake lights to stay on with headlights. When headlights were not on and you applied the brakes the dash would light and brake lights worked. Strange, HUH? I must admit before this revelation, I replaced headlight switch and brake switch, with no avail.
You probably need the original key fob for the car. This is regardless if you have an alarm for the car. I've changed the battery twice in the last five years for my 97 Villager and each time I've had to "reset" the "alarm" via the key fob. The last time, I had to uncable the battery twice because it would not "reset" using the key fob before finally accepting the "unlock/disarm" from the key…