CougarDB

FAQs

How do I reprogram my keyless entry?
Updated: July 1 2008

Cycle the ignition from OFF to RUN 4 times within six seconds, then turn it back to OFF. The alarm light will stay on to confirm programming mode. Press any button on the first transmitter. Alarm light will flash to confirm transmitter programmed. Press any button on second transmitter. (Up to four transmitter total possible) Turn ignition to ON. Alarm light will turn off to confirm end of programming mode. If you car didn't come with remote keyless entry, then I don't know if this will work. If it did, but you just didn't get a transmitter, then it should work.




How do I tell if I have a return style or returnless fuel system?
Updated: July 1 2008

In an effort to save money and also meet stricter emissions standards, Ford decided to make all of it's vehicles with returnless fuel systems starting in May of 1999. These new fuel systems allow for greater control of fuel, thus allowing Ford to get better gas milage and lower emissions. So, any car producted before 5/3/1999 has a return style fuel system while those produced on and after 5/3/1999 have a returnless fuel system. To determine your car's production date, look for a sticker on either your passenger's or driver's side door jam that has the vehicle production date.




I press my cabin trunk-release button, and the hatch won't open! Is it broken? The dealer keeps saying no!
Updated: July 1 2008

Ensure that your doors are unlocked before you press the trunk-release button inside the cabin of the vehicle. The trunk does not seem to release (safety feature?) when the doors are locked. (Sorry, seen alot of people run into this problem.)




What do the DTCs stand for?
Updated: July 1 2008

Self Diagnostic Mode DTC OBD-II DTC Description

9201   B1201   Fuel Sender Circuit Failure
9204   B1204   Fuel Sender short to ground
9257   B1257   Climate Control
9317   B1317   Battery voltage high (greater than 16)
9318   B1318   Battery voltage low (less than 10)
9342   B1342   ECU defective
9359   B1359   Ignition Run / ACC circuit failure
0115   P0115   Engine coolant temperature (ECT) circuit malfunction




What is my paint code?
Updated: July 1 2008

Mercury Cougar Paint Codes 1999-2002

Autumn Orange = BG
Melina Blue = K9
Ash Gold = BJ
Spruce Green = FS
Tourmaline Green = NE
Silver Frost = TU or TS
Ebony Black = UB
Vibrant White = W4
Rio Red = EZ
Laser Red = HL
Citrus Gold = B8
Light Sapphire Blue = LV
Zinc Yellow = B7
French Blue = M9
Dark Shadow Grey = TG
Sunburst Gold = BP
Tropic Green = SU
Light Parchment Gold = BQ
XR Racing Red = ES
Grabber Green = F5




What is this "self diagnostics mode" I keep hearing about?
Updated: July 1 2008

If you use a certain procedure (described further down), you can gain access to Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) and many other digital readouts from the trip computer display built into the Cougar's gauge cluster. Items that are displayed include, but are not limited to: RPM, MPH, Battery Voltage, Engine Coolant Temp, DTCs, etc.

1. Hold Down "Units" & "Reset" buttons on the trip computer while the car is off.
2. Turn the car on ... The gauges will reset (pet out) and then return to normal.
3. Release the "Reset" button, THEN the "Units" button ... in that order or it may not work.
4. Push "Select" to go through various Diagnostic Modes, press "Units" to switch between Standard and Metric measuring units, and press "Reset" to return to normal mode (gauge needles will peg out again).




Where can I pull ground from for an amp in the trunk?
Updated: July 1 2008

The ground wire can be mounted to anything metal. You can screw it right into the trunk if you want. Just be sure to check under the car first so you don't screw into the gas tank or anything else important.




Where can I run the power wire through the firewall? (ATX only)
Updated: July 1 2008

Look right above and to the left of the brake pedal. There's a rubber grommet that you can push out and you can run the power wire through that hole.




Where do I get the aftermarket adapter for a new faceplate and how much?
Updated: July 1 2008

Any stereo shop will probably sell them. They go for about $16 from Best Buy and Circuit City.




Why does my radiator coolant light come on, but the reservoir is filled to max?
Updated: July 1 2008

Even if your temperature is still reading OK, sometimes the radiator coolant light will come on. This problem is an overly active sensor and you probably took too steep of a slope and the sensor tripped. To reset it, stop your car somewhere level and safe. Turn the vehicle off. Turn it back on. The light should go away. If it doesn not, check your radiator fluid level.




10 More...

FAQs

    Where do I get the aftermarket adapter for a new faceplate and how much?
  • Any stereo shop will probably sell them. They go for about $16 from Best Buy and Circuit City.
    + Show Answer
  • I press my cabin trunk-release button, and the hatch won't open! Is it broken? The dealer keeps saying no!
  • Ensure that your doors are unlocked before you press the trunk-release button inside the cabin of the vehicle. The trunk does not seem to release (safety feature?) when the doors are locked. (Sorry, seen alot of people run into this problem.)
    + Show Answer
  • How do I tell if I have a return style or returnless fuel system?
  • In an effort to save money and also meet stricter emissions standards, Ford decided to make all of it's vehicles with returnless fuel systems starting in May of 1999. These new fuel systems allow for greater control of fuel, thus allowing Ford to get better gas milage and lower emissions. So, any car producted before 5/3/1999 has a return style fuel system while those produced on and after 5/3/1999 have a returnless fuel system. To determine your car's production date, look for a sticker on either your passenger's or driver's side door jam that has the vehicle production date.
    + Show Answer
  • How do I reprogram my keyless entry?
  • Cycle the ignition from OFF to RUN 4 times within six seconds, then turn it back to OFF. The alarm light will stay on to confirm programming mode. Press any button on the first transmitter. Alarm light will flash to confirm transmitter programmed. Press any button on second transmitter. (Up to four transmitter total possible) Turn ignition to ON. Alarm light will turn off to confirm end of programming mode. If you car didn't come with remote keyless entry, then I don't know if this will work. If it did, but you just didn't get a transmitter, then it should work.
    + Show Answer