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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1990 Mercury Sable

1990 Mercury Sable

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1990 Mercury Sable Problems

Engine -- Verified

The engine oil pan gasket can develop a leak. Leaking oil may accumulate on the exhaust system resulting in a burning smell. Replacing the gasket should correct this leak.

Engine -- Verified

If you experience difficulty starting the engine when cold, stalling at idle, or hesitations during acceleration, it may be the idle air bypass valve. This valve helps the vehicle idle steady when the accelerator pedal is not pressed.

Engine -- Verified

White smoke coming from the exhaust could indicate that a head gasket has blown or there is a cracked cylinder head. Our technicians tell us that removal and inspection of the cylinder heads will be required to confirm a crack is present.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

Worn motor mounts can cause the motor to rise during acceleration, causing a clunking noise and possibly damaging the AC hoses. Damage to the AC hoses can cause a loss refrigerant resulting in no cold air from the AC. The motor mount will need to be replaced prior to repairing the damaged hose or the problem will continue.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

While steering, if you hear a clunk or a rattle, or if you experience premature tire wear, this could indicate the inner tie rod ends are loose or worn and will require replacement.

1990 Mercury Sable Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., November 5, 1990

Summary: THREADED INFLATOR COMPONENTS MAY HAVE BEEN DAMAGED DURING ASSEMBLY WHICH MAY ALLOW COMPONENTS TO SEPARATE WHEN INFLATOR RECEIVES A SIGNAL TO DEPLOY THE AIR BAG.

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Body, Interior & Misc., October 30, 1992

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Ford has recalled certain 1990 Taurus and Mercury Sable and 1991 Explorer vehicles for an issue with the front seat rigid seat belt buckles. Some buckles will not release, some will not latch at all, and some may not latch fully. All concerns pose safety risks to occupants. Dealers will replace the rigid mounted belt buckles with end release buckles.

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Body, Interior & Misc., January 18, 1999

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Ford has recalled certain 1986-1995 Taurus and Mercury Sable models and 1988-1994 Lincoln Continental models in high corrosion, cold weather states because the rear subframe mount plate nuts may corrode and fail, causing the subframe to drop. If the subframe drops, loss of vehicle control and functionality can occur. Dealers will install subframe rear mount bolts, reinforcement plates, and plate nuts.

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Brakes, September 26, 1991

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Ford has recalled certain 1990-1992 Taurus, Mercury Sable, and Lincoln Continental vehicles in cold weather, high corrosion states to replace the brake rotors. The original rotors on the vehicle can easily corrode and separate, causing a potential braking safety issue. Dealers will replace the front rotors with full cast iron rotors.

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Suspension & Steering, December 15, 1994

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Monroe has recalled certain 1990-1994 Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles with Monroe aftermarket struts installed for a concern with the weld mounting on the sway bar bracket where it attaches to the strut tube. On some vehicles, this weld did not fuse properly, which can cause the sway bar to drop and possibly contact the tire, damaging it. Monroe dealers will replace the affected struts.

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1990 Mercury Sable Questions and Answers

DelcoDude, 1990 Mercury Sable, 3.0L V6, Glenolden, PA

I have a 1990 Mercury Sable, 3.0 engine, 40K orig. miles. I bought it a year ago, was running fine. Starting having trouble in the morning starting, had to keep my foot on the gas to keep it runni...

Visitor, 1990 Mercury Sable, 3.0L V6, Lehigh Acres, FL

transmission leaks fluid mainly when I take a long trip.I fill it up to safe checkered box on dipstick and it does not leak til i take a trip on the highway and the it leaks a spot about 4 inches b...

johnny3523, 1990 Mercury Sable, 3.0L V6, Hollywood, FL

i Would like to know where is the transmission vacuum on this car located

ana1042, 1990 Mercury Sable, Mesa, AZ

If I try to excellerate too fast I hear a short squeal. Once I get to third gear the car is fine.

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1989 sable original owner 3.8L. Gas peddle got stuck on full throttle. I managed to brake and release pedal that was flat to the floor. Is this technical bulletin sheet issue?

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