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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan, Wagon
#2718 of 3012 Mercury sable camshaft and valve proplem
Aug 02, 2007 (1:34 pm)
I have Mercury sable 2002 3.0 liter engine 12 valve.32000 miles,I am hearing noise where the camshaft and valves,is like a old engine belt doing that but I replace with new one and sound coming top of the engine.I had it 2001 mercury sable had a same proplem dealer replace all the valves cost to 980.dollar.I dont want to pay 980 dollar again,if there is any recall for this issue,to live same proplem two diffrent mercury it must be defect of this cars. or if any one lived same proplem and how you resolved.sorry for my bad english and thank you...
#2719 of 3012 Re: revisiting power steering rack--parts guy worried me [whitall]
Aug 03, 2007 (9:03 am)
jasmith52 has given you good advice. If you plan to keep this car and drive it safely, you should have the rack replaced .. I have an 99 Taurus that had the same symptoms as what you are experiencing.. (puddle of fluid, leaks, blow back from the pump reservoir, and finally lost POWER steering control ) Ford did the job more reasonable than any other shop quoted, probably because they know their cars better than independents. You should get this done before you cause problems with your pump and more added cost. ( 700 bucks isn't a bad price if it includes the necessary alignment after to get the car right. Good luck
#2720 of 3012 Re: revisiting power steering rack--parts guy worried me [nadorn]
Aug 03, 2007 (2:50 pm)
Hi, Thanks for reinforcing my decision. Are you saying Ford did yours, or are you saying why you think they are lower priced than independents for mine? It does include the alignment and tax, I asked.
One or two questions for you , if you don't mind. When you say blowback, what do you mean? Are you talking about how there is evidence under the car (I think under my trans pan) that fluid has leaked, or something else?
Also, what happened when yours went? Were you driving? How bad was it?
I have the appt scheduled for next week. I decided I will rest easier when he is out, knowing there is one less thing that could go wrong. Since he is 17 and popular with the girls and is always out, I have a LOT to worry about with him!
#2721 of 3012 My 1997 Mercury Troubles? & Questions?
Aug 07, 2007 (3:42 pm)
I own a 1997 Mercury Sable 3.0 OHV 115,000 miles. It has 2 weird issues I can't figure out????
The EGR is on at all times with an EGR circuit fault code. Before that it had a P0401 code, so I replaced the DPFE and cleared the code. it went away. This I checked the vaacum control valve it appears to function correctly.
Also this car has misfire code P0301 (number 1 spark) on several times. I compression tested the engine, replaced the wires, and so on. The only thing I haven't checked is the fuel injector(s)( except specs are right and it clicks) for that cylinder? Cylinder show no problem which is shared on the coil with number one.
The engine appears mechanically sound, good vaacum reading and compression, so I'm starting suspect the PCM is causing the weirdness.
Anybody ever had this happen to a sable, or taurus?
#2722 of 3012 Re: A smell of coolant in the air...... [jflaug]
Aug 09, 2007 (9:37 am)
Have your mechanic check for a leak in your heater core. Mine has a very small leak, but it really stinks sometimes.
#2723 of 3012 Re: Clarification [wgreen]
Aug 09, 2007 (9:46 am)
Your coolant smell could be your heater core, which I was told by Midas was a $500 fix through them. My mechanic won't touch it since he would have to mess with the SRS (safety restraint system).
As for your hood not wanting to pop, mine does the same thing. Someone turned in front of me, and evidentally, the body shop that fixed it did not do something right. When it does happen, I pull the lever inside the car several times to be sure it is unlatched on the underside, then I ease my fingers between the front edge of the hood and the front bumper area.
#2724 of 3012 Re: Help with strange sound on 2001 Taurus at 50 mph [blue_taurus]
Aug 13, 2007 (3:05 am)
Did you ever find out what was causing the problem? A few weeks ago, my 1997 Taurus GL with 153K miles started making a similar loud humming sound starting around 20 miles per hour and continues the sound at any speed above that. It does not do this when idling in Park or when revving and holding RPMs at 2000 or even 3000. It only does this when driving down the road.
During this time mileage has been terrible at 16 MPG city and 22 MPG highway. I normally get 30-32 MPG on the highway depending on how fast I drive. I have been buying the same 87-octane gas I have bought for years at Marathon.
Fuel filter and air filter were just replaced as they were overdue. I replaced water pump several weeks ago and it is working as it should. The only trouble code from the computer is 430 which it has been kicking out regularly for a year now so I don't think that is the problem.
#2725 of 3012 Re: 99 mercury sable rough running [babytrudy]
Aug 13, 2007 (6:30 am)
Coil packs on that year well affect two spark plugs like 1 & 5 unlees 24 OHC then seprate coils. There are test with an Ohmmeter to cofirm a bad coil pack.(Coil Packs for a OHV(letter U are $100+) It could be you put NGK plugs which are awful use motorcraft double plat., or you cracked a plug installing the new ones. I've done this before.
Plugged fuel injectors on my 1997 sable appear to be causing the misfire on plug 1. The plug looks like a misfire/high speed glazed plug.
The injector and/or O-ring seal, or upper and lower manifold could be leaking causing a misfire.
Do a vacuum test and compression first. Min compression is 100psi no lower and the highest/lowest should be within 10psi difference. Mine reads 120, 122, 124, 123, 120, 121psi. on my engine.
Then use a vacuum gauge(about$20) to see if your engine holds steady engine running vacuum on 17 to 21 inches with no erratic/swinging needle movements(Mine is 18)..... These tests confirm a mechanically sound engine; then check plugs, wire, coil, injectors, and seals.
#2726 of 3012 Re: revisiting power steering rack--parts guy worried me [whitall]
Aug 15, 2007 (10:33 am)
Hello again, I would have got back to you earlier but had technical problems. Pertaining to your rack problem; I had FORD do the job because they were the most reasonable and are ( let's face it ) experts in their own makes. I think I paid $675 with alignment . Local garages wanted between $720 and $950 and still needed aligning for another $80. Prior to having this done I started losing power assist especially when turning into driveway or crossing roads and turning... generally low speed. You ask how bad it was ... Well let's put it this way ... I wouldn't let my wife or kids drive it. You will definitely be able to rest easy after the Pro's do the work.
#2727 of 3012 Re: revisiting power steering rack--parts guy worried me [whitall]
Aug 15, 2007 (10:57 am)
I forgot to answer your questions on blowback and evidence of leakage . I was get fluid backup in my reservoir after the engine was turned off. There showed signs of leakage from that and from the rack seals . All my problems stemmed from BAD rack bearings. Also your better to have the dealer do this; make sure the pump is in good shape.
Hope this helps