Where are the cooling fans and cooling fan relays in a 1996 Mercury Tracer?
Good question- the 1996 Mercury Tracer cooling fan relays usually described in wireing diagrams as "in the engine fuse box". Not true, though the relays near by, hidden in the front of the left fender, next to the air filter box, headlamp and fuse box. The air filter box must be removed, which reveals a wire harness and a rubber covered pair of relays and wire harness. One relay controls the high fan speed and one the low, both are necessary to be plugged in, for a complete circuit to run the fan. If the fan does not run with the A/C, check the "high speed" relay which is originally blue and has a blue wire connector plug. The plug can also melt, sometimes this is a sign the fan is wearing out and drawing excessively high current. The cooling fan is near the air filter box too, attached to the radiator with three wires connected to the motor. One wire is always grounded (black) the other two green wires supply the high and low fan speed power, which is always 12 to 14 volts. The speed control is within the fan motor depending on which wire gets power.
I was looking at the ( 1996 ) Mercury Tracer Owner Guide and it shows that the engine cooling system capacity for the manual transaxle ( transmission ) is 5.3 U.S. quarts and for the automatic is 6.3 * it came from the factory with a 50 / 50 mix of distilled water and antifreeze , so it would take ( 2.65 to 3.15 quarts of antifreeze ) for a 50 / 50 mix (…
The cooling fan relays (there are three) on this model are located in the maxifuse panel under the hood. Its location should be documented in your manual. If not it should be located above the air cleaner. You may also have to remove the air cleaner to remove the shroud guarding the maxifuses and relays.
Why does 1996 Mercury Tracer's Ignition Switch lock-up and release only when shifter is removed from park position and replaced?
The ignition switch on a 1996 Mercury Tracer might lock up and release only when the shifter is removed from park and then put in the park position again because the sensor is getting worn. This sensor lets the ignition know that the car is in park and it is safe to remove the key. Check the shift position sensor.
According to the 1996 Mercury Sable Owner Guide : The engine cooling system capacity is : For the 3.0 liter " VULCAN " V6 engine ( 11.6 U.S. quarts ) For the 3.0 " DURATEC " ( 10.6 ) They came from the factory with a 50 / 50 mix of distilled water and GREEN color antifreeze ( meeting Ford specification ESE-M97B44-A )
Please update question with which relay you are looking for. There are two relays. One is for high speed and the other is for low. They are enclosed in a rubber boot which has to be lifted up to expose them. This boot is located on the driver side of the engine compartment under the air filter housing. It is bolted to the wall. These relays are totally hidden until you remove the air filter…