1996 Mercury Sable Repair and Maintenance
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1996 Mercury Sable ProblemsProblem With Idle Air Bypass Valve May Cause Engine Performance Problems
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.
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.
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.
1996 Mercury Sable Questionswe are replacing the rear brakes. How do you get the piston to compress? I bought a special tool to use to compress it but it just bent. (1 answer)
I had a starter motor replaced and since occasionally the battery light would come on but even now that seems to have fixed itself. I have cleaned the battery posts but that didn't help the battery light from coming on and off once or twice a week. Sounds like a bad ground I know but both p...
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1996 Mercury Sable RecallsFord Recalls 1996 Taurus and Mercury Sable Vehicles with Previously Replaced Fuel Tanks
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.
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.
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.