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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Wagon
May 27, 2006 (8:50 pm)
I have a 1996 mercury sable wagon the only problem I have is that the tranny is acting up, a common problem but I can fix it my self. Most ppl will go and have 1100 dollars of work done rebuilding the tranny, NO done. first look at the "VSS" (vehicle speed sensor) first alot of times it will ware down, because it is tied to the tranny directly it has a gear on the end, if anything happens to the sensor like all sensors it will read wrong and you can experience problems such as hard shifts into 1st and 2nd, rough acceleration through O/D on the low end similar to slipping. So before you trash the tranny check the VSS. you may have to remove the heat shield under the tranny to get to it.">link title
May 27, 2006 (9:19 pm)
As far as the reliability of the sable and the Taurus I can say its better than people say. Yes in the 80's the technology was bas but look at all cars in the 80's in the same class. As far as American cars go, their were few mid sized cars worth wild. And Dodge had the worst of all. Yes ford has problems but Iíve owned a 1990 Mercury Sable Gs 3.8l V6 wagon. The end of its life it went out with 197,000 miles. Most common problem was the starter solenoid. That car was my "toy" it was about to die so I wanted to see what it could do and I never though that a wagon could go off road. Bottomed out and cracked the radiator the end. Than I owned a 1999 Ford Taurus SE 3.0l V6 OHV wagon. I use that as my work truck. Added exhaust, intake, chip, and heavier suspension in the rear to take the HP from 155 to 190. With a trailer hitch and all that cargo room I can haul all my tools lumbar and steal I need. The tranny is wearing down due to the weight and daily lag. But for about 4 years she has put up w/ daily stress, but this time itís not the VSS itís the tranny. But you canít beat all that at 130,000 miles and 26 mpg. And I also own a 1996 Mercury Sable GS 3.0 V6 OHV wagon. Still stock at 155hp she gets 28mpg w/ 113,000 miles, just a round town cruiser. And the sable has no problems. Alls you have to do is change the oil every 7,000 miles, oil filter, brakes, and air filter every 14,000 miles, and spark plugs every 30,000 miles. The most common problem is people will forget than the car will develop a problem and they will call it a crapy car. Some problems are due to bad manufacturing but most are owner error.
#438 of 475 Re: Electrical problem maybe ? [violet561]
Jun 05, 2006 (5:11 am)
Hi, I just had the same set of problems with my Saturn - loss of tach/speedo, radio went out, car died, etc. From what I've read, these are the typical symptoms of a bad alternator. I replaced mine and so far, so good. Hope that helps.
#439 of 475 Re: Electrical problem maybe ? [dougva]
Jun 09, 2006 (4:56 pm)
Thank you so much. It was the alternator and so far so good for us too.
#440 of 475 Re: 1996 sable [ford_boy_1984]
Jun 12, 2006 (6:15 am)
Hi, I think I have a speed sensor problem (99 sable) speedometer not working, shifting badly. Where is the sensor located I cant find it? Apreciate your help
#441 of 475 Re: 1996 sable [tpreston]
Jun 14, 2006 (1:09 am)
The VSS is located directly under the number 2 cylinder on top of the tranny. try following the speedometer cable to it. It will make it easier if you remove the intake entirely and disconnect the MAF.
#442 of 475 Re: Service engine light on again [ksham]
Jun 30, 2006 (8:53 am)
SIMPLE NOT SURE WHAT PART OF THE COUNTRY YOU LIVE IN BUT IN COLORADO WE HAVE 85 OCTANE WAY TO LOW FOR MOST CARS MOST OF THE TIME HERE WITH THAT SAME PROBLEM RUN A TANK OR TWO OF PREMIUM GASOLINE DOESNT COST MUCH MORE AND IN WORKS MOST OF THE TIME HERE. GBEEMAN
#443 of 475 Rear washer fluid pump
Jul 12, 2006 (2:29 pm)
Where in the rear is the Washer Fluid Reservoir and pump on a 99 Sable Wagon? Is it behind the bumper or behind the rear interior panel? Or if not there, where??
Any tips on making the replacement of said pump easier? Or is it pretty much a straightforward job?
Thanks for any help with this.
#444 of 475 Re: Rear washer fluid pump [mytools]
Jul 12, 2006 (3:34 pm)
In my 2000 wagon it is on the right side under the tailgate.
If you lift up the tailgate, you should see a black tabbed cover.
As to the pump itself, I really don't know.
#445 of 475 Re: Rear washer fluid pump [nmk]
Jul 13, 2006 (10:20 am)
I appreciate your quick reply to my question.
However, I know where the fill cap for the reservoir is. I'm looking to find out where the actual reservoir is before tearing off panels in the car.
Anyone who can help, please reply.