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When you hit the brake pedal in your 1997 Mercury Tracer it pumps brake fluid down to your brakes which increases the pressure to make your car slow down. If you don't have enough brake fluid in the brake fluid reservoir, air can get in your brake lines and your Tracer won't stop properly. The video above shows you how to add brake fluid to your Mercury Tracer. If you are adding brake fluid to your Tracer on a regular basis, you should check for leaks (we have a video for this too!) As with most fluids in your engine, brake fluid can cause serious harm if you get it in your eyes, so be sure to wear safety glasses and gloves. Brake fluid will also make your paint peel off if you spill it on your Tracer, so be careful not to spill it.
When adding fluid to your Tracer, it is important to check your owners manual for the correct type to add - it likely be either DOT 3, DOT 4 or DOT 5, also known as silicone brake fluid. Do not shake the fluid before pouring it in your vehicle - the air bubbles will foul up your brake lines. Be sure to discard bottles of brake fluid that are over a year old - brake fluid sucks the moisture out of the air and the water vapor in the fluid can rust out your brake lines quickly. Brake fluid breaks down with use and should be changed every 2 years in your Mercury Tracer or whenever it looks dark in color - this will make the internal brake components last longer.
The best way to fix leaking hoses is to replace them, but if you don't have time, a stop leak product might work for you1997 Mercury Tracer LS 2.0L 4 Cyl. Sedan
If your car is leaking a small amount of power steering fluid - see this video on how to fix the leak1997 Mercury Tracer LS 2.0L 4 Cyl. Sedan
If your blinker doesn't blink, or blinks rapidly, you likely have a burnt out bulb1997 Mercury Tracer LS 2.0L 4 Cyl. Sedan
If you are leaking oil and parking on your oil spots each night, the oil is breaking down your tires' rubber1997 Mercury Tracer LS 2.0L 4 Cyl. Sedan
Cars burn, leak and otherwise dispense of their oil. Check your level frequently and top up when necessary1997 Mercury Tracer LS 2.0L 4 Cyl. Sedan