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.
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1998 Mercury Sable
1998 Mercury Sable Problems
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.
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.
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.
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.
1998 Mercury Sable Recalls (Recent)
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Ford has recalled certain 1998-1999 Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles for an issue with the front seat belt buckle attaching stud. On some vehicles, the attaching stud could develop cracks due to manufacturing issues. If cracked, the belt may become detached and not properly protect vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the seat belt buckle mounting bracket and stud assembly.
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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.
1998 Mercury Sable Questions and Answers
I have a 1998 sable and all of a sudden have no headlights. I have replaced the headlight switch on the dash but that did not solve the problem, any suggestions?
Car just developed a high-pitch 'howling' noise as I drive. I had pads and rotors replaced but it continues. If I touch the brakes or turn the wheel it stops for a few minutes then starts...
Dealer quoted $1200 plue #255 labor to replace Module..."which may be the problem or it may not". ABS light was on and off. Dealer spent 2 hours running a diagnostic check. ABS is now dis...
Where is the radiator drain plug on a 1993 mercury sable?
having trouble with the interior map and dome lights not turning off when car is first started and shut off. has drained the battery dead. also had the theif alarm going off several times during th...