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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your Mercury Sable

Mercury Sable Models:

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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

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.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

Chafing of the jounce bumper against the strut rod and / or rubbing of the dust boot against the strut mount cup can cause popping, squeaking, and noisy sounds from front wheel areas while driving. Lubricate the jounce bumper (bump stop), strut rod, and boot with dielectric grease fix this concern.

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.

Mercury Sable Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., November 5, 1990


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Body, Interior & Misc., March 6, 2001

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Ford has recalled 2000-2001 Expedition and 2001 F150, Taurus, and Mercury Sable vehicles due to an error in the owner's manual. The section regarding "Child Restraint Anchorage Systems" is incomplete and omits essential information. Without this information, a child may be injured during a crash. Ford has mailed owners a corrected label to affix to the original owner's manual page.

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Body, Interior & Misc., August 20, 2001

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Ford has recalled certain 2000-2001 Excursion, Expedition, F150, F250, F350, Focus, Taurus, Mercury Sable, Lincoln Continental, Navigator, and Town Car vehicles due to a defect in the wiper motor gear case. The wiper motor could overheat and malfunction, which may cause the wipers to stop working as designed. Dealers will inspect the wiper motor and replace the gear case cover.

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Electrical & Lights, March 23, 1998

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Ford has recalled certain 1997-1998 Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles and 1998 Contour, Mercury Mystique, Lincoln Navigator, and Town Car models to provide owners with proper instructions on how to aim their headlamps. If there is a need to adjust the headlamps, during headlamp replacement for example, there is a lack of proper documentation on how to properly perform the adjustment. Ford will mail vehicle owners a new owner guide containing revised aiming instructions.

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Electrical & Lights, April 9, 2001

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Ford has recalled 2000 Excursion, Taurus, and Mercury Sable vehicles for a concern with the headlight switch knob. The knob may fracture and detach from the headlight switch, which can make it difficult for the driver to employ the headlights. Dealers will replace the knob.

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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...

rustiyears, 1991 Mercury Sable, 3.8L V6, Mc Kees Rocks, PA

can i fix it and if so how to go about doing it

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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Mercury Sable Reviews

The Sable is probably the most troublesome car that I have ever owned. There have been multiple things that have broken and it's never something cheap. First, it was the fuel pump. Then, the alternator, the starter, the bearings, electrical problems, and now my transmission is starting to stick and has even fallen out of gear a couple times. By far, the worst car that I have ever owned.

best damn car i ever owned 21 years + 88,000 miles will drive it forever!

i have a 2008 sable it just started jumping in first gear only when i pull off from da light it the transmission or a o2 senor

Why would a Torque Converter fail when the car had less than 83,000 mils

I bought this car for my wife in 2006 and she has driven it daily since. She has been very happy with the car and it seems to be holding up well. She has 126,000 on the odometer and just put a new set of michelins on the car...the second set. Not perfect ratings due to the spoiler paint fading unlike the rest of the body and sporadic windows not working in the AM, although the dealer fixed that problem when I paid the 900 for a major tuneup,. brakes, and a couple of small repairs. Yes, we are both very happy with the car and an sorry to see the three others are having problems with their Sables.