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You are in the Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable
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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan, Wagon
#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
#2728 of 3012 Re: re low coolant sensor [silentwill]
Aug 20, 2007 (6:39 am)
Just last week I was on my way to have the oil changed and the "low coolant" light came on for the first time in my 2000 SEL. Perfect timing - my mechanic merely added coolant to the resevoir tank. The light went out for a week and came back on last Sat. The fluid is at the top of this overflow tank so should I ignor the light thinking that it's reading it incorrectly? It has only 41,000 miles on it and is driven only six miles a day.
#2729 of 3012 I dont know whats wrong with it
Aug 24, 2007 (1:56 pm)
First off all I want to know if my merury sable is the same as the ford since it says ford underneath the hood. the story.
I live on the oregon coast and I was taking a nice drive to salem to visit friends and family. 35 miles out of town I was going up a hill when all of a sudden the engine made a clanking sound and the engine started smoking real bad I immediatly pulled over and put the car into park and shut off the engine. I poped the hood where smoke was billowing out of it. after the car was done smoking I looked under the hood and noticed oil residue. I then checked underneath of the car and noticed that it dumped a shit load of oil. I tried to turn the car over but all i get is a click sounf which maybe due to the automatic fuel shut off. I dont want to turn it back on because I'm worried about the engine seizeing up. So what I need to know is how do i manually crank the engine to tell if the engine is already seized and any other ideas of what it maybe.
other problems are
1. the check engine light is always on
2. when the car is in overdrive the O/D light is always flashing.
3. I hate this car
#2730 of 3012 2002 Taurus broken front coil spring
Aug 25, 2007 (7:08 pm)
Our 2002 Taurus has a flat front left tire this morning as we came to the garage. I grabbed my air tank and attempted to fill the tire. No luck, too much air was leaking out. So I removed the lug nuts and tried to pull the wheel off. It was stuck. After further inspection I was shocked.....the coil spring had broke and was stuck through the side of the tire! I am glad we were not driving at the time! Anyone have experience with this?? I do all of my own repairs, any tips on replacing this spring? Thank you. tribs74
#2731 of 3012 Re: 2002 Taurus broken front coil spring [tribs74]
Aug 25, 2007 (8:53 pm)
We have a 2001 Taurus and the same thing happened to it only the rear left tire. Our extended warrenty only covered part of the repair.
#2732 of 3012 Re: 2002 Taurus broken front coil spring [tribs74]
Aug 26, 2007 (7:14 am)
I believe there is a recall on this problem but I'm not sure what years are covered. Anyhow if it's still happening on newer models it should be recalled.
#2733 of 3012 connecting of neon lights. How to tell if done properly?
Aug 26, 2007 (11:41 am)
My son, 17, had a friend connect neon lights inside his car, aimed at the floor.
It's a 2001 SEL w/mach audio.
My son has no idea how the kid did it. He just knows the kid also did it in his own car (different kind).
Is there anything I can check to make sure it is not wired to somewhere it definitely should NOT be?
I am scared he will fry some circuit or something, or drain his battery.
The alternator is a toughie to repair/replace in his engine (DOHC) because it is buried under there. Can he damage that by wiring in these lights improperly???
Please tell me if there is somewhere I should check to be sure it is not wired to certain things, or any advice you can give me would be great. Thanks!
#2734 of 3012 Re: 2000 24 valve Sable Low Coolant Issue [cubswin21]
Aug 26, 2007 (1:10 pm)
I just flushed and filled my 1999 Sable DOHC. Used distilled water, as is frequently recommended. Thing is, the coolant level sensor works by applying a voltage to the coolant, and if there is a current going through, it 'senses' a correct coolant level. No current, it assumes no coolant. Now, distilled water and new coolant don't conduct electric current. So your reserve tank could be filled to the brim but you (and I) get a low coolant level alarm. You can either ignore it like I am, or put some salt in the reserve tank (teaspoon MAXIMUM) and the salt will make the coolant conduct a current. The problem with this approach is that the salt will make it more likely the coolant will cause corrosion in the engine. Like I said, I am ignoring the low coolant alarm. After a while it will go away, as the coolant builds up debris/ionic stuff in there and start conducting a current.