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Mercury Sable, Ford Taurus, Heating / Cooling, Sedan, Wagon
#75 of 94 heating/cooloing leak
May 04, 2009 (12:06 pm)
I have a 1997 Taurus with about 120,000 miles on it. Analysis showed the torque converter bad and it shifts very hard when it gets warm. I have been told I'm lucky the transmission hasn't gone out by now. My heating/cooling system started with a small leak and I now come to where I constantly have to keep it checked and filled. It is under the motor towards the front and slightly to the driver's side. I have had it looked at 3 times. My regular mechanic said he couldn't see from where it was coming. Another thought it was the heater core but that is not where it is leaking and there is no water inside the car at all. I just paid someone else to tell me he thinks the freeze plug between the transmission and motor is bad and the water is coming out over the oil pan to where it drips but couldn't say for sure and,of course, that would be expensive. Can anyone add any info that might shed light on my problem and would this be anything covered under the recall? Also is there any consideration on the transmission repair by Ford? I believe I am the third owner of this car.
#76 of 94 Coolant Drain on 2006 Taurus
May 11, 2009 (9:22 am)
Where is the radiator (and engine if any) coolant drain valve on a 2006 Taurus with 24 valve engine? How do you get to it?
#77 of 94 Re: Water Gauge [capcha]
Sep 22, 2009 (6:08 pm)
I had a 1994 Sable with 200K+ miles and ran into almost every common problem with that generation car. One common problem with the car was water pump failure. Under high load (driving up a hill or hard acceleration) it would overheat. Although I did replace the radiator at one point, it was because they have a tendency to leak where the plastic side reservoirs meet the aluminum cooling fins. I wouldn't replace the radiator unless it leaked. Look closely at the water pump and look for leaking fluid or play in the bearings.
FYI - that generation car had very poor cooling systems and transmissions, but if taken care of aren't too big a problem (a new water pump only cost me 30$ since I could replace it myself).
#78 of 94 Re: Coolant Drain on 2006 Taurus [tmm2]
Sep 22, 2009 (6:11 pm)
Passenger side of the car, underneath and to the passenger side of the radiator you'll see a 3/4" or so hose connected to the radiator. When the engine is COLD pull the hose off the connector and be ready for it to empty quickly - it takes only about 30sec compared to 3-4 minutes in the old style twist-cock thing.
#79 of 94 Re: 2000 Mercury Sable heating and coolant problem. [sableowner]
Sep 22, 2009 (6:15 pm)
That happens when the coolant is not in contact with the temp sensor (i.e. there is NO coolant in the engine). You obviously have a lark leak in the system and need to tow it to a shop where they will find the leak and replace the part. Shouldn't bee too expensive (no more than 250$ if a shop does the work, less than 100$ if you can do it yourself).
#80 of 94 Re: Knocking [capcha]
Sep 30, 2009 (6:15 am)
had similar problem with my 01 Sable. there was a "link" on the front suspension thar was wore out. The factory one some kind of hard plastic. the MOOG aftermarket one was steel. Anyway, I replaced it and the noise was gone.
#81 of 94 02 Mercury Sable Heater blowing cool air
Oct 12, 2009 (9:30 am)
My 02 Mercury Sable is blowing cool air when on heat. There does not appear to be a leak anywhere and the thermostat stays in the mid range. I do not have climate control. When I turn the temperature knob from hot to cold you hear a clicking sound in the dash - but when I go from cold to hot - no noise. Anyone have any idea what this could be?
Dec 12, 2009 (9:16 am)
I Have an 01 Sable and no heat. Changed thermostat. Any help?
#83 of 94 Thermostat changed now car runs rough
Dec 12, 2009 (7:19 pm)
just had a thermostat changed on my 01 Sable. Was running fine before, just no heat. Thermostat was definitely bad. However, as soon as that was done, the car ran terrible! The engine light also came on. The mechanic swears he did nothing else and now doesn't know what to do. Is this maybe a coolant sensor problem...could that have been damaged during thermostat installation? Maybe incorrectly installed thermostat? There looks to be some kind of sensor right above the thermostat and I wonder what that is and if that could have been damaged, causing the running problem.
#84 of 94 2000 Sable heater - no heat
Dec 19, 2009 (10:07 am)
My mechanic, who is good, and usually diagnoses and fixes everything, is stumped by the heater problem on my 2000 Sable. Just get cold air. At first he flushed the cooling system and replaced the thermostat. Didn't work. He then checked the heater blend door, replaced the water pump and flushed the heater core. Didn't work. For a little improvement, he disconnected the A/C relays, and we now get a slight amount of heat, maybe close to room temp rather than cold. Other symptoms which may or may not be related: Heat gauge stays on cold, and after a long drive might go up ever so slightly. I once smelled antifreeze, and found I had to add a small amount. Since then have smelled it occasionally, but levels not down. Haven't noticed leaks, but haven't looked carefully. Any ideas on how I can get my heater working right.