1996 Mercury Sable Q&A
1996 Mercury Sable Question: Can the oil pan be removed without lifting the motor from it's mounts?
The guys that answered your other question seemed more familiar with your engine than I. However I have worked on many similar vehicles to yours. You may have to lower the subframe to get the oil pan off. this means lower ball joints have to be taken loose and everything. Its a big job for someone who is not ready for it. Removing the subframe leaves the engine hanging by the upper mounts which is usually ok. Again Im not as familiar as the other guys. You will want to check the mounts to see that they would hold the engine up should the lower mounts be removed. - big01_dram
The car starts and sounds fine. But after about 15 min. of running begins to tap and run rough then shuts down.