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1996 Mercury Sable

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1996 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

The magnet for the camshaft position sensor may fall out of its mount and damage the synchronizers. This causes long crank times when starting the engine and may cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate. If this happens, both the magnets and the synchronizers need to be replaced.

Engine -- Verified

The synchronizer shaft for the camshaft position sensor can cause a loud squeak or chirping noise due to failure of the upper bushing. The noise may be erratic and is usually present when the engine is warm.

1996 Mercury Sable Recalls (Recent)

Brakes, February 21, 1996

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Ford has recalled certain 1996 Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles for a possible defective brake system fluid level indicator lamp switch. If malfunctioning, the vehicle cannot be operated under proper code requirements. This could result in loss of braking if the switch is ignored and fluid is locked. Dealers will replace the brake system fluid level indicator lamp switch.

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Drive Train, July 17, 1996

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Ford has recalled certain 1996 Taurus, Windstar, and Mercury Sable vehicles for an issue with the park pawl mechanism in the transaxle. There is a roll pin that may not have gone through the park pawl shaft correctly. In some cases, the vehicle may not be securely in "Park," which may cause it to roll unexpectedly. Dealers will inspect the park pawl shaft roll pin, and if it's found to be damaged, they will replace it and the park pawl shaft.

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Drive Train, October 9, 1996

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Ford has recalled certain 1996 Taurus, Mercury Sable, and Lincoln Continental vehicles for a concern with the transmission park mechanism. In some vehicles, the park pawl is not rotating as necessary to enter the park gear. This could cause the vehicle to roll out of control. Dealers will inspect the park pawl shaft for rotation. Shafts with restricted rotation will have a shorter shaft installed that will not restrict rotation.

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Drive Train, September 23, 1996

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Ford has recalled certain 1996-1997 Taurus, Windstar, Mercury Sable, and Lincoln Continental vehicles for a concern with the park mechanism in the transmission. The park pawl mechanism may not engage even though the shifter indicates the vehicle is in "Park." This could cause the vehicle to move unexpectedly and cause a crash or injury. Dealers will repair the parking pawl bracket in the transaxle.

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Engine, June 17, 1998

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Ford has recalled certain 1996 Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles that have had a fuel tank replaced as part of Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) 97-17-9. An 18-gallon tank was mistakenly installed instead of 16-gallon tank. The tank also has a second valve location where a shipping plug is installed, which could leak and possibly start a fire. Dealers will replace the tank with the correct unit.

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1996 Mercury Sable Questions and Answers

jayizwitit, 1996 Mercury Sable, Moreno Valley, CA

my car starts up fine but for sum reason wont stay on or it will run and the if i try to put it in drive it shuts off what do i do

Rochelle, 1996 Mercury Sable, Seattle, WA

I just recently had a oil change and now my car is making loud noises it wasn't making them before that. It's on the front right tire side it sounds like a something is rattling. Is it po...

dentanita, 1996 Mercury Sable, Trussville, AL

When I hook the cable ends to the battery, the horn is blowing. Not like the panic button blowing, but as if someone is holding the horn button down. What can I do to fix this?

bnburkhart, 1996 Mercury Sable, Corryton, TN

how is the best way to remove the compressor? From the bottom or removing the entire front of the car as the manual indicates?

bnburkhart, 1996 Mercury Sable, Corryton, TN

how much oil is required to be added to the compressor at installation?

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1996 Mercury Sable Reviews

I bought my 97 sable in 2000 and I love her and am having a hard time parting with her. She still runs but is on her last legs the only real issue I have was with the a/c it is very expensive to repair so I have been done without foir several years. It was a great car for teaching the kids to drive and I am looking for another. I will drive her till she no longer runs which will be very soon hence looking for another. The transmission was rebuilt several years ago and it still runs
the engine light has alway been on since I bought her & the several mechanics I took her to cannot find out why so I dont let it bother me I would recommend the sable for anyone who wants a reliable car

got a 1996 gray as my first car, 126,000 miles and its still running like a champ for the year. i only have small issues [the brakes pull very slightly to the left over 55mph, it idles at 1-1/2 but thats to be expected of a 15yr old car, and the a/c needs recharging] every thing else is smooth as silk. id recommend mercurys to the grave. and yea it is a taurus and vice versa

why all american cars look the same?????

the best car that i've ever owned (as far as faithfulness). mine's a station wagon. it's basically a taurus. so i bought a taurus for my son.

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