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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan
Oct 12, 2010 (12:08 pm)
I have an 08 Mercury Sable with 40K miles. I have recently begun to hear a scrubbing/swishing noise at low speeds. It is inaudible a speed because road noise drowns it out. The noise is a rapidly recurring at low speed and most noticeable when making a right turn thereby loading the left wheel from whence the noise comes. Anyone had this experience, if so, what's the fix.
#60 of 72 Re: Noise [slagfysh]
Oct 12, 2010 (12:19 pm)
Mine had a similar noise but also a resonance at speeds between 70 and 75 mph. Ended up being the left front wheel bearing.
#61 of 72 Re: Poor Fuel Economy 2008 Mercury Sable Premier [pjoannamo]
Oct 13, 2010 (11:17 am)
I bought an 08 Sable new. Gas mileage is around 21 mpg more or less depending on the ratio of city/highway driving. The computer readout re: mpg bears no relationship to reality. It's a great car in many ways but gas mileage is not it's recommending quality.
#62 of 72 Re: Poor Fuel Economy 2008 Mercury Sable Premier [slagfysh]
Oct 13, 2010 (11:55 am)
If you reset the gas mileage indicator with each fill up, it will indicate close to actual gas mileage for that tank of gas.
This indicator gives average mileage since the last reset.
#63 of 72 Throttle body
Nov 03, 2010 (5:53 am)
I recently had a couple of episodes with my 08 Mercury Sable which I thought might be of interest to owners of similar vehicles with this engine. I was far from home and stopped for gas. When I cranked up to leave, the engine would not respond to the accelerator. I eventually got the car to begin slowly moving and got out onto the street. A short distance later I stopped for a traffic light and had the same experience. A short distance later I pulled off and checked the transmission. The fluid level was on the full mark. After these two episodes, the car ran fine and made it home without further issues. Later I learned from a poster on another forum that these engines had issued with carbon build up in the throttle body which kept the throttle plate from completely closing, causing the throttle position sensor to send out crazy signals the caused problems such as I experience. He advised wiping clean the throttle body and plate every oil change and removing the throttle body for a thorough cleaning every 30K miles. When cleaning after removal it is important to keep the TPS which is attached to the TB on top so that none of the cleaning spray makes it way into the TPS. I removed mine and gave it a thorough cleaning. It has performed flawless since. I might also say the mine was very dirty and caked with carbon. It had 41K miles so I was late to the need for regular cleaning. Hope this information helps someone else.
#64 of 72 rattle and missing when accelerating uphill
Jan 05, 2011 (10:13 am)
Sep 03, 2012 (11:50 am)
I have a 2009 Ford Taurus with 33,000 miles on it. I have noticed that when the car reaches a point where the car bottoms out I hear a clunk. sometimes the noise sounds like a windshield cracking. I took the car to Reynolds Ford and they are telling me that the struts are bad. The car drives fine, passes the bounce test, tires are not cupped. I am wondering if the TSB fix would work. Any body have a clue?
#66 of 72 Re: Strut noise [jshillington]
Sep 05, 2012 (4:59 pm)
If the dealer will replace the struts under warranty do that. Otherwise the TSB fix should work. It fixed my 2008 Sable.
#67 of 72 Re: Strut noise [ronsmith38]
Sep 07, 2012 (5:54 pm)
Dealer is not cooperating. I have the miles left on the warantee it is the time. As far as I can tell time does not wear out a part! Thank you for the reply
Nov 06, 2012 (9:20 am)
My parents just spent $300 on the replacement strut. Their '08 Taurus had 47k miles on it. Two weeks later, the A/C Compressor had to be replaced at about $950. A bolt had sheared off or something like that, killing the compressor.
Disappointing after 4 years of good service.