To begin, jack up the car and remove the wheel. Be certain the car is stable and will not roll off jack(s)! A lot of folks like to think this is complicated and hard without some difficult tools, but it's so easy compared to a ball joint, it's scary. Remove the brake caliber and the brake pads/ro…
The vehicle should come with a trunk release remote control, which
you just press to open the trunk. It is located on the instrument
panel on the right side of the steering wheel.
This icon will illuminate if the fuel filler cap is not installed or properly seated.
It's located on top off the fuse panel under the dash on the
Turn signal/ flasher relay is behind left end of instrument
panel above the fuse box
Might not be your flasher I was asking this same question about my
95 Ford Taurus. If your problem is your signal and ha…
My 97 Ford Taurus hood doest not pop open on its own however if you pull the pop hood thing and the take a key or screwdriver and slide it under the hood and push up you can pull it up with your hand. This has scratched my hood up but atleast I can get it open.
Yes it does, To access it: Remove the lower valance panel that runs across the bottom of the frontend of the vehicle from the driver's side to the passenger's side. It is held on with three 8mm bolts and about a dozen 5.5mm screws. After you remove that, then you will see the bottom of the radiator…
The three most likely causes seem to be the following:
Turn signal switch on the steering column
Here are some suggestions from our community on how to resolve the
I had a similar problem. The fix is actually pretty easy. The
car is almost 20 years old, has 200,0…
Most likely the heater core is leaking. If there is also water on the floor and an antifreeze smell in the passenger compartment, those are also signs of a cracked heater core. Also, GET THAT TEMP GAUGE FIXED!!! You could be overheating and not even know it. Once the motor overheats, you're risking…
There are wear indicator markings on the side of the tensioner - if it shows a worn out belt even when you have a new belt, that's a good indicator the tensioner spring is no longer doing the job. The belt tensioner maintains a constant pressure on the serpentine belt, which is the wide, ribbed bel…
Most all alarm systems have various sensors for detecting such things as vibration, heat and or movement around your vehicle and so forth. If these sensors are set to sensitive and or are defective the alarm system will be more of a nuisance than a deterrent. , EzForJesusPS if this is an OEM type of…
If the engine is a 3.0 or 3.8L V6 it has timing chain and Gears.
It is located at the back of the engine on the top between the engine block and the front winshield. It should be black or chrome colored and kind of looks like a disk, with a small vacuum hose couimg out the top of it.You can see a picture in the Haynes Repair Manual for Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable …
The Electric fuel pump is the noise.The pump could last years or Quit the next time you drive the car.Sorry but I've seen them last a long time making that aggravating noise.
There are 2 excellent write-ups on the procedures for replacing the shifter cable, one for floor shift and column shift each, at the Taurus Car Club site. See Related links below for more information.
Hey Linda==It just has to be checked out. Ir varies as to how hot it actually got and looking at it is the only way to tell. GoodluckJoe
Could be a bad thermostat or dirty rad or heater core which would be better than what you mentioned.Good luck.Also check to see if radiator fan is running…
Dropping the transmission pan will drain only 5-6 quarts of fluid. This leaves another 6 or so quarts in the torque converter, transmission lines, trans cooler (if equipped), and the radiator side-tank for trans fluid cooling. The information below focuses on performing a fluid flush - that w…
I done it myself two months ago. First you take off the screws from the inside of the hood and take off the screws to the lights. remove the lights to take off the front top portion of the bumper and then under wheel wells there are 3-4 screws and under the front of the car there are about 12 screws…
I experienced poor acceleration in my '95 Chevy blazer, which eventually became so severe that when accelerating, the engine nearly stalled.It turned out that my catalytic converter was disintegrating, and choking off the exhaust so severely that the backpressure was causing engine retardation. I to…
Not always in the same place apparantly, here are some suggestions
Trunkits usaully on a sticker in the trunk Glove boxOn a 1992 Sable
it's on a small white sticker on the left side on the opened glove
On year 2000 up mercury sables the keypad on the driver's door
unlocks the driver doo…
Hey Jennifer==Simply take the hose off and replace it. Then evacuate the system and add refrigerant. GoodluckJoe
Since 1996, engine ignition control has been handled by the Powertrain Control Module (PCM).
The PCM has direct control over the ignition coils / coilpack (or coil-on-plug on some engines) - so the need for a 'distributor' has gone away.
Coilpacks cost about $75
Sidebar: without a distribut…
Hey FredYour car probably has auto headlights and has a module under the dash to control them. The module is bad. goodluckJoe
How long do they stay on? They're supposed to stay on for about 3 to 5 minutes.
Hey Russ== Take it to the parts store like Autozone and they will check the starter, alternator and battery. goodluckJoe If your starter isn't working check for a single wire that is connected with a spade on the starter. ford had a problem with the spade corroding and not allowing the starter to w…
You can just pull them off. Just get a good grip and pull nice and steady. Then you can just push them back on.
You'll need a special press to get the ball joint out of the lower control arm. My advice is to take it to a mechanic. Mine has been on jack stands for a week as i toil with this mess. And let me add this, my Sable and previous Taurus have been the best vehicles I've owned. I do take good care of th…
Remove the axle nut seal cap.Remove the axle nut with socket and wrenchBrake drum should come off** If tight, then remove the brake adjuster dust cover on the inside of the brake drum housing loosen the adjuster with special tool purchase for this activity at any major auto parts store. Re-install d…
Start with Taurus Car Club Link Below Replete with diagrams and illustrations! Unless you really want to remove the entire dash...
IN ORDER TO CHANGE A HEATER CORE IN A TAURUS, YOU NEED TO DRAIN THE COOLANT, DISCONNECT THE HEATER HOSES FROM THE CORE CONNECTED ON THE FIRE WALL BEHIND THE EN…
You go through the trunk and on either side is the light housing unit that you remove 4 nuts from, pull out and there will be the individual bulbs to be replaced. IN DEPTH: In order to replace the light bulbs you will have to remove the entire rear light housing unit. In order to do this you must …
* remove the wheel, and the brake caliper. * unbolt the spindle nut (30mm) and the lower ball joint * push the spindle out of the bearing/hub. * undo three bolts from the back side of the knuckle that are holding the wheel bearing package on. * knock off the old wheel bearing with a hammer. * lube t…
Pretty straight forward process. Remove the serpentine belt. Remove the leads to the old alternator. There is a bracket on the back of the alternator that attaches to the top of the motor I also removed this but cannot recall if that was necessary. Remove the bolts securing the Alternator and take i…
Disconnect negative battery cable, remove coolant overflow tank, unbolt alternator and place it forward of the front valve cover,there are two studs with nuts and one bolt holding the steering pump to the engine.In order to get to the bolt you must first unbolt and remove the serpentine belt tension…
Take it to a garage. It can leak at several places and there are seals that can be installed to stop the leaks.
I had the problem with my 2000 regal 2x. They replaced the ignition, which did not work. I went up north and a friend worked at the gm dealer. He said it was the solenoid in the shifter. He replaced the shifter and guess what, it worked!!
Actually, I had this happen to my 94 sable…
the horn relay is in the center, behind the instrument panel, mounted on a brace
For 1996-1999 Taurus / Sable, the horn relay is on fuse #19 in the Power Distribution Box in the engine compartment This is well detailed and illustrated in the Owners Manual - See "Related Questions" below for…
It depends on how hot it got. You need to get an accomplished mechanic to checkit out.orYou can check for compresson by removing your plugs one at at time checking for compresson by letting someone turn the key while you check for compresson, if your compression are weak you might need to remove eve…
It is either out of freon or the compressor isn't comming on for some reason. Takeit to a garage. Might also be the temperature blend door is stuck in the full-heat position. See "Related Questions" below for more about diagnosing / fixing that problem
Did that only come with one engine? might they be different? Yes the 3.0 non dohc.
You can use a large screwdriver placed between the inner bearing race and the transmission to CAREFULLY lever the drive axel out of the transmission.
Voltage regulator is located behind the battery in the inner left (driver's side) panel, in the front part. You must remove the battery in order to reach the regulator. Use a quality replacement part or your eec computer may go toast. Voltage should read aprox. 12V with engine off, and about 15V wit…
Thank you www.autozone.com LOL
Use the removal tools to pull the radio assembly out of the dash - note: you do NOT need to remove the plastic trim piece! :) Insert the tools into each pair of small holes on either side of the radio face They're all the way in when you feel them hit an indent, or a bit of 'click'Push the tops of t…
I own a 1997 Ford Taurus and the same thing happened to me. The best answer that I received so far is that the module just went capoot (shorted, burned out, whatever). The default status for the module is "Steady On, High Beam". The quoted cost for the replacement part for me was $166.93 and the …
The coolant level sensor is known to fail in that the magnet attached to the sensor comes loose and falls to the bottom. These are not repairable, and will require either black tape over the warning light with vigilant monitoring of the levels by you, or replace the tank. See "Relat…
there are several things that it could be, the thermostat ($35), the heater core($150), or it could actually be the head gaskets ($110), or it can be a vacuum problem($30 Replace lines). the pricing is if you can do the work yourself, its parts only!
Another cause, especially …
You have to take the cover off of the bell housing side. Then you must disconnect all four of the Oxygen(O2)Sensors. Remove the two sensors that are in front of the catalitic converters and the Y-pipe. Remove the Y-pipe and the exhaust pipes. You should then have access to your oil pan for removal. …
You need 3/8 hex head to unbolt the door and you need to pop off the top of the black unit in the door jam. there's a bolt. just unbolt that and the wiring is unattached.
It is probably 10 degrees BTC, but it doesn't matter. It's non-adjustable. There is no distributer to adjust, the crank sensor cannot be moved. The cam sensor is set at the factory, and if it ever gets replaced, there is a special tool that will only allow you to install it at a predetermined positi…
This is a very straight-forward repair. The alternator is mounted with 3 bolts plus 1 bracket mounting bolt/nut. Disconnect negative battery cableDisconnect wires - be careful of the rubber - plastic cover, they like to break. Don't drop the nut - the new one may not come with one. Loosen all 3 bolt…
Vacuum lines may be the culprit
Normally when you replace the battery you disconnnect the computer and it should clear any codes stored. (The codes are what turn the check engine light on.) More than likely the cause of the light coming on is due to a vacuum line that was pulled loose when instal…
The sensor itself is approximately $30 from any autoparts retail outlet. Typically however You will need to replace the whole syncronizer assembly if you are having the chirping issue. The whole assembly typically costs around $180. Stay away from the Dorman Part. It WILL Fail. A1 Cardone is known f…
Ford issued a TSB (technical Service Bulletin) calling for all Windstar model years to use Mercon V ATF fluid in the power steering system. Yes, that is a transmission fluid, but it happens to be the same product to be used as power-steering fluid. Pretty convenient if you ask me... I have always…
NOTE:The Owners manuals have detailed illustrations and information regarding the two fuse blocks / panels, and the various vehicle systems each fuse connects to.
Ford makes all the Owners Manuals for their entire lineup, 1996 and newer, available online:www.fleet.ford.com/maintenance/owners_…
For the 3.0 DOHC v6 engine, there is no easy way. Just did it and it took 3 hours. The 3 front forward plugs take 10 minutes. The rear 3 are a real bear. Had to take the manifold and other hoses off to get at the back 3. Even then, there's not a lot of visible access, so you'll be working by touch.…
cars that are equipped with ac are supposed to run when the heat selection is on : max a/c , a/c , mix or defrost. the ac pump dries the air that flows through it which helps to clear the windshield and also to help to feel cooler in the summer . i have pulled the plug on the compressor before to tu…
Hard job requiring refrigerant recovery system. TAke it to a garage.
2004 mercury sable keypad codeI'm not sure if you are looking for this so you can find the code for the keypad but if you are the code for the keypad is on the side of the black fuse box below the dash on the drivers side. It is not on a sticker it is just printed on the side of the box. I have also…
Sometimes it is correct but not all of the time. Its worth a try.
'98 Taurus Power Antenna Motor On my '98 Taurus SE, the antenna motor is near the rear fender on the driver's side. Remove the trunk liner and you find all sorts of things. I think the motor is or is inside the black box between a brace and the quarter panel.
It is also possible to find a…
When changing the air filter on a 1995 Sable (3.0 Liter), note that there are two clips in the rear holding the top down over the filter. In addition, the front of the cover has an upward facing lip that is designed to engage on an adjoining, downward facing lip on the box that holds the air filter.…
The 1991 Mercury Sable ignition switch is held in place with a
retaining ring. Loosen the retaining ring. Pull the ignition switch
out. Remove the wiring harness from the rear of the ignition
switch. Reverse the process to install the new ignition switch.
There are screws on the top and sides of the lighs to adjust them. I laike to get on a dark road at night and adjust them being careful not to blind oncomming traffic.
PCM (12A650) location
I assume that you are reffering to the Powertrain Control Module (12A650). This is located on the firewall down from the passenger side windshield wiper. You can see the 104 pin connector comming out of it.
I think I need the location of the chassis computer. I bought the c…
-You can buy an AC compressor bypass pulley on eB*y, that will hold your belt in place. I found it for $40. You could go to the auto parts store and ask them for a belt on a car without a/c. It will be a shorter belt, and you will be able to operate your car indefinitely until you are able to repai…
You have to remove the windshield wiper arms, then take off the plastic molding that lies between your windshield. Once that is off (it comes out in two pieces) on the passenger side of the car, under the windshield just behind the firewall there is a plastic rain shield with two screws. Remove the …
If the turn signal relay & hazard (emergency) relay are side by side, turn on the emergency blinkers. You will hear & feel (if you touch the relay) the emergency relay clicking. Turn signal relay is the other one.
Be sure to review the "Related Questions" below for much much more about Taurus / Sable front suspensions
You need to go to a car parts store, and get a repair manual for your car. They cost about $16.00 Or, go to a Library.
The Autozone website offers free access to the Chilton's Re…
You will insert a breaker bar into a 1/2" square hole in the belt tensioner. You will either pull up, or push down, and the tensioner will move enabling you to remove the belt. Be to see "Related Questions" below for much more about serpentine belts and alternator trouble-shooting & replacement
The Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) could also be what is being asked about here. See "Related Questions" below for more about the VSS
Most newer vehicles include a wheel speed sensor on each wheel that is used to tell when one or more wheel is slipping. The information is used by the ABS syste…
The fuse diagram is in the owners' manual. However, it is incomplete and ambiguous. Using terms like GEM and ICP. Nowhere, by the way, does it explain where the fuse for the parking and running lights is located.
Also, a lot of the chassis electicals run through the "GEM", the Generic Ele…
See "Related Questions" below for more about the fuel pump relay
Check the fuse
Doublecheck the fuel emergency / inertia shutoff switch.
Try the relay.
What kind of problem are you having?
the heating controls are electronic and vacuum controlled if you take out the radio/heater/ac cluster, there are around 5 vacuum lines going to 1 switch.. No control valve is used to vary the amount of coolant flowing through the heater core - coolant flows through the heater core all the time. Temp…
There will be a box at the far left "driver's" side of the engine compartment. You just lift up three, or four clips to lift off the top. Remove the old filter element. Pickup any leaves, or debris, dead bugs, etc. (vacuum)from the bottom of the box. Make sure that there is nothing that will end up …
the Ford Taurus is essentially the same car. the 3.0 engine is also used here. stay away from the 3.8 engine found in these cars.
Turn the manual switch to "off" for the headlights to kill the
lights, and it will quiet the headlight warning chime.
Another solution would be to check the operation of the plunger
switches in the door jambs. They have a single (positive) wire
connection, with a plastic insulator that dry-rots, a…
A 2000 Mercury Sable might have a vibration at low speeds after
changing the transmission fluid because of a lack of fluid or
leaking fluid. Check the transmission case for leakage and check
the fluid level before driving again.
Key-less Entry Code
I have a 2001 mercury sable, so I don't know if its exactly the same.
But, if your referring to getting the key-less entry code. You can try taking the fuse box out. It should be on the left hand side of the brake pedal. First, remove the fuse box cover. Then, there should be two…
You need to go to a car parts store, and get a repair manual for your car. They cost about $16.00 Or, go to a Public Library.
A free online source of repair information, including diagrams is Autozone.com and their extensive Repair Guide. There are other online sources of repai…
See "Related Questions" below for more about:
Common fix to flasher problems
Turn signals - #1
Hazards - #5
Multi-function switch / turn signals - Fuse #15
Multi-function switch / hazard signals - Fuse #29
Turn signal / reverse lights…
THE BEST WAY I EVER DO THAT IS GRAB THE INNER WIRE THE BEST YOU CAN WITH A PAIR OF VISE GRIPS AND GET A FERM STANCE (SO YOU DON'T FALL ON THE BUTT) PULL OR GIVE IT A GOOD TUG. IT SHOULD OPEN RIGHT UP. MAKE SURE YOU ONLY HAVE THE INNER WIRE OR YOU'LL BE PULLING YOUR BUTT OFF FOR NOTHING. ONCE OPEN GE…
Behind the engine on the passenger side, should have a yellow loop handle on it.Many times they are also found in the back-right side of the engine compartment.
The Owners Manual should have pretty good instructions on this - finding one that old might be a problem.
Most Taurus's came with either a 3.0 or a 3.8 engine. The water pump replacement is basically the same for both engines. Remove the coolant jug, break loose the bolts on the w/pump pulley, remove the belt, remove the pulley, remove the alternator, remove any tensioners or brackets that hang in the w…
No, you do not necessarily have to but it is a good idea. Have the entire system flushed. Replace the thermostat, bleed the system. I would also replace all coolant hoses at this time unless you have done so before. Your car is 14 years old and although they may look OK, it is just smart to replace …
There is no timing belt on a 3.0 DOHC. There are two timing chains which are inside the engine under the timing cover.
DURACTEC / DOHC - See "Related Questions" below Buy a Repair Manual for your particular car. Chilton and Haynes are OK but Michell is probably the best. and ASE recommended. Most Taurus's came with either a 3.0 or a 3.8 engine. The water pump replacement is basically the same for both engines. Remo…
You don't, It is totally controlled by the PCM using the IAC valve.
check your generic control module, these are known to go bad from time to time.if you can't find it,get a diagram from the dealer (it's free) on the physical location from the parts division. it will show you what it looks like and the location. i had a similar problem on a 1992 Taurus and it was th…
How to replace the headlamp bulbs in a 2000-2005 Mercury Sable To replace headlight bulb:Make sure headlight switch is turned OFF. Remove the bolt at the end of the headlamp housing. Pull the two black tabs with the L shaped bracket toward the back and then up and pull out(Located at the back of the…
it depends on what year for the sable. if you have the owners manual it should say.... if it is a newer model you put the key in and turn it on to off 5 times the hit all the buttons on your remote that should program it
The motor is, not surprisingly is at the bottom of the reservoir -
and the best way to access that is through the wheel well - an
alternative to removing the reservoir from the car - which is kinda
a PITA too.
Safely jack up that side of the car and remove the wheel.
The front end of the wheel …
This is same procedure as detailed in the "Related Question" below.
The PCV valve is on the right side of the engine compartment, if you're facing the front of the vehicle, just under the air intake hose. Its not directly on the engine but rather inline with the oil separator tube/hose.
A) To access this area and change the PCV valve just follow these directions. …
i have a 1994 pnotiac sunbird that the handle broke off on the cable under the dash to open the hood. you can open the hood with a little patience and a fairly long screwdriver by releasing the latch under the hood. after this, on my sunbird, i just pulled the cable all the way out under the hood, t…
Like they say, if you have to ask you probably can't afford it. I don't know on the '98 for sure, but on the '95 the fuel pump is located inside the fuel tank. I never got a quote, but it's upwards of $400 or so due to the labor of lowering the tank. The breaks are probably about the same at a servi…
The ICM is the grey long plastic piece attached to your distributor. This is where the plug is attached for controlling spark. 3.8 liter motor's ICM is remote mounted - on the firewall to avoid the heat issue.
Look at the distributor. There will be a module on the side that is either grey or black…
i owned a 91 Ford Taurus and now own a 96. they all use the same size and that's 5x7
That's funny...my '96 Sable takes a 6 x 8 speaker.
front door speakers are 5.25in
I'm trying to change all 4 speakers in my 93 Sable... the rear ones are pretty easy to take out but i couldn't f…
No the problem is caused by 1 of 4 things, but is most notably the first one.Replace the Spark plug wires, and the spark plugs. Fouled or incorrectly gapped plugs will cause backfires like crazy. Also poor sparking wires will most certainly cause backfiring problems. I practically replaced and rebui…
The easy way would be to go to the nearest auto parts store (like autozone) and borrow an OBD II tester, or have one of their employees do it, and use it to clear the SES memory. Sometimes just unhooking the Nrgative battery cable for about one minute will also reset the SES. Good luck
I have been told recently that the problem I am having with my lude's speedometer not working and the s3 tranny indicator light flashing is due to a non functioning speed sensor. I have put 177,000 miles on this car. It had 111,000 miles when I purchased it from the dealer (cleeaan machine). This i…
i think i had the same problem in my 97 mercury sable ,,,mine turned out to be a transmission problem. .i would also check fuel filter ,,its located in the lower rear quarter panel