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Mercury Sable

Manufactured by Ford Motor Company, the Mercury Sable was offered as a mid-size sedan in 1986-2005 and as a full-size sedan in 2008-2009. One significant feature of the vehicle was its front light bar – a lamp fitted between the vehicle’s front headlamps.

Asked in Headlights Tail and Brake Lights, Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable

How do you replace the tail - turn or brake light bulbs on a Ford Taurus?

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 do the following: Pop the trunk. Loosen the trunk lining in order to reach the 4 nuts that are located on the right or left...
Asked in Mercury Sable, Thermostats

Where is the thermostat located and how to change on a Taurus - Sable?

Which way does it go? The spring-side of the thermostat should be positioned towards the engine. Logical when you think about the spring is what reacts to the temperature of the coolant - expanding and contracting with the heat levels - thus driving the opening and closing of the valve. Torquing the Bolts Not much, only 8-10 ft.lbs. Location 3.0 Vulcan and 3.8, 12 valve engines: Looking in from the front of the car, it is on the right side of the engine, where the radiator hose...
Asked in Mercury Sable

How do you remove the heater core on a 1986-1995 Taurus -Sable?

I have been struggling with this problem for quite a while and first let me say that to remove and replace the heater core from a 1988 Ford Taurus is not an easy task at all. The basic repair manuals that can be found and purchased at any auto parts store make it sound a whole lot easier than it is. Never the less I never would have gotten to the "core" of the problem without buying one; I purchased one...
Asked in Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Late Model 1979-New Ford Mustangs

Does a Ford Taurus - Mercury Sable have a radiator drain plug?

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 where there is a drain cock on the driver's side. It looks like a plastic bolt and takes a 3/4 wrench to open it. Some...
Asked in Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable

How do you remove a door panel on a Ford Taurus - Mercury Sable?

Removing the Door Panel Remove triangle-shaped plastic cover forward of door window (speaker cover on some models) - gently pry it off Remove screw from the plastic cover behind door open lever / handle Remove door lock plunger. (unscrew) Remove screws down inside the door pull hand-hold area Look for other Phillips screws, 2 or 3, around the lower 1/2 of the panel Pry hidden plastic hold down fasteners from around the edge - pull the panel away from the door and where you see it 'stuck'...
Asked in Brake Pads and Rotors, Mercury Sable, Honda Accord LX

How do you change rear brakes and compress piston on a Mercury Sable?

See "Related Links" below, for Autozone's on-line repair manual for 1996-1999 Taurus & Sable rear brake repair instructions. Invaluable resource - for free! Okay, I did my disc brakes yesterday and offer the following: * The first 2 steps in the Autozone steps are about disconnecting the emergency brake cable - this is not necessary! On the driver's side, you might want to remove the cable clamp holding the cable up against the frame. * NOTE: the piston needs to rotate as it...
Asked in Mercury, Mercury Sable

Why do the door ajar light and dome lights stay on or come on while driving in a Sable?

3 Step Cleaning & Lube This is a common problem and is caused by the door switch plunger sticking (due to dirt, other elements or rust). This can often be corrected by performing the following: 1. Thoroughly spray the door switches (on each door) with: Cleaning spray - clear the sludge out of the mechanism - electronic contact cleaner, carb, brake, etc Air, canned or even better, from a compressor Spray lubricant - a dry lube (best), silicone spray, WD-40 or similar 2. Open and close...
Asked in Mercury Sable, Mitsubishi, Ford Taurus, Check Engine Light

What causes the check engine light to come on and how to read the trouble codes in a Taurus - Sable?

The check engine light (CEL for short) is triggered when one or more of the many sensors on the vehicle detects a not-normal reading, There are 2 basic steps to determining the cause of the CEL coming on: Have the codes read - many places offer to read the engine codes for free. Autozone even provides a printout of the codes, and a short description of common causes Research those codes! Find out the true cause and reason for the not-normal reading. It is...
Asked in Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable

How do you fix a Taurus - Sable that is stuck in park?

Trick to get it out of park: Just turn key to ON position, put car in neutral, then start car. I have had the exact same problem with a '94 Taurus. For me, the linkage had to be replaced. The linkage is the mechanism that connects the shift lever to the transmission. Brake-shift interlock This vehicle is equipped with a brake-shift interlock feature that prevents the gearshift from being moved from P (Park) unless the brake pedal is depressed. If you cannot move the...
Asked in Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

Where is the flasher located on a 1996-1999 Taurus - Sable?

What does it look like and where's it mounted The flasher/turn signal is screwed into the metal support above the fuse panel, you must take the bottom of the dash off and remove the plastic cover. this is for a sable that has light out detection. Look under your dash for a blue box screwed into the right side of the dash panel. This of course is done, with you laying on your back, and your feet in the back seat. It's a...
Asked in Mercury Sable, Heater Cores and Blower Fans

How do you change a heater core on a 1996-1999 Taurus - Sable?

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 ENGINE. PULL THE DASH AND COLUMN, REMOVE THE CORE FROM THE HEATER CASE AND REASSEMBLE IN REVERSE ORDER. AS YOU CAN SEE THIS WILL BE A FAIRLY BIG JOB. PAYS AROUND 4.0...
Asked in Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Heater Cores and Blower Fans

How do you change the heater blower motor on a Taurus - Sable?

Recall and Technical Service Bulletin The body style that ran from about '99-'03 had a issue with rain water getting into the blower case and ruining the blower resister assembly and the blower motor. There is a modified cowl cover that is supposed correct this condition. One tell tale sign that you have this problem is pull the blower resister assembly out and examine it. If it has corrosion or rust on the terminals, you have this problem. Replace the resister assembly,...
Asked in Mercury Sable, Mercury

How do I fix my no heat situation on a Mercury Sable?

Start with the "Related Question" below - this is an excellent starting point to extensive coverage and information on Taurus/Sable heating & cooling problems and fixes. Answer I had a similar problem and it turned out my heater core was completely clogged, I recommend flushing it yourself as it will take a few hours of labor but is quite simple. Buy a flush kit and flush it out a few times with water. I used hot water from a water heater in the...
Asked in Mercury Sable, Car Fuses and Wiring

Where can you find a fuse panel diagram for a 1996-2010 Mercury Sable?

There are 2 fuse boxes / fuse panels in nearly every Ford product: one directly above the driver's left foot (when the driver is actually sitting in the driver's seat). The other is inside the engine compartment, on the right side - contains high current fuses. The Owners Manuals have detailed illustrations and information regarding the two fuse box / panels, and the various vehicle systems each fuse connects to. See "Related Questions" below Most fuse boxes and power distribution boxes have a cover...
Asked in Starters and Ignition Systems, Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable

Where to find and how to replace the starter on a Taurus - Sable?

What does a starter cost? 1998 DOHC: Autozone has two offerings: $135 for a re-manufactured unit and $155 for brand new What about the starter solenoid? The starter solenoid is integrated into the body of the starter, and cannot be replaced separately. You will need to replace the entire starter assembly. New Answer It is simple to replace. They are located at the front of engine. Disconnect Negative Battery cable first, raise vehicle and support vehicle, remove the electrical wires from starter, remove mounting bolts (2...
Asked in Mercury Sable

How do you replace the fuel filter on a Mercury Sable?

It is in front of the rear wheel well passenger side, about an inch in. There are two plastic tabs that hold the fuel lines to the filter. Just pop them out (don't use tools). You may need to push them through with something small like a screwdriver, just don't use the tool on the fuel line fittings and be careful with those lines with anything sharp. Before you disconnect the lines from the filter, you must relieve the fuel system pressure...
Asked in Headlights Tail and Brake Lights, Mercury Sable

How do you replace the tail or brake light bulbs on a Sable?

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 do the following: Pop the trunk. Loosen the trunk lining in order to reach the 4 nuts that are located on the right or left...
Asked in Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Radio

How do you remove the radio from a 1986-1995 Taurus-Sable?

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 the tools to the *OUTSIDE* while pulling the radio out from the dash. This is more "art" & feel...
Asked in Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

Why would your turn signals and flashers fail on a Taurus or Sable?

The three most likely causes seem to be the following: Fuses Flasher unit Turn signal switch on the steering column Here are some suggestions from our community on how to resolve the problem: I had a similar problem. The fix is actually pretty easy. The car is almost 20 years old, has 200,000 miles on it. The connector for the lighting portion of the multi-function switch, is on the top of the TILT steering column. Every time you tilt the wheel down, you pull on...
Asked in Ford Taurus, Starters and Ignition Systems, Mercury Sable

How do you replace the ignition switch cylinder in a Ford Taurus - Mercury Sable?

I am not completely sure how to do this myself, but I can get you started as I am researching this question myself. Haynes manual doesn't say how to replace the electronic switch. You may or may not be able to figure this out better than me and the rest of the way if I get you started. Getting the lock cylinder out The first part is really quite easy I found out. I know you have to disconnect the battery first so...
Asked in Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Heater Cores and Blower Fans

Why does your Ford Taurus - Mercury Sable heater blower not work?

Recall and Technical Service Bulletin The body style that ran from about '99-'03 had a issue with rain water getting into the blower case and ruining the blower resister assembly and the blower motor. There is a modified cowl cover that is supposed correct this condition. One tell tale sign that you have this problem is pull the blower resister assembly out and examine it. If it has corrosion or rust on the terminals, you have this problem. Replace the resister assembly,...
Asked in Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Turn Signals and Hazard Lights

Where is the hazard turn signal flasher unit located and how do you change it on a 1986-1995 Taurus Sable?

Flasher Location It's located on top off the fuse panel under the dash on the driver side. 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 hazard lights not working and you've checked your fuses, the next logical step would be to find the flasher. On looking up this question myself I found that the...
Asked in Car Fuses and Wiring, Mercury Sable

Where can I find Taurus - Sable wiring and vacuum diagrams?

Wiring diagrams A couple of sources of detailed electrical wiring diagrams come to mind: * Autozone.com provides free access to an extensive "Repair Guide" which includes many wiring diagrams * Manuals & dedicated wiring diagram books - Chilton's, Haynes, Mitchell are 3 big names in the area of vehicle repair information * The local library will have many of these manuals on the shelf - TIP: take a few dollars in coins to feed the copy machine Not likely to find it anywhere but in...
Asked in Ford Taurus, Ford Explorer, Mercury Sable

What are some basic steps to diagnosing ABS brake warning lights on Taurus - Sable?

ABS, anti-lock brake systems are actually pretty basic: Control module Wheel sensor / 'exciter' ring (toothed gear integrated into end of axle shaft) Diagnostics Examine each wheel for physical problems ** Mud & debris on the ring that could interfere with the sensor Wiring - broken, frayed, corroded Wiring connector - disconnected, corroded Trouble codes ** requires specialized scan tool (about $200) As with engine codes, will provide more detailed information for diagnostics - such as a recurring code to a specific wheel as in my case. Appears that most places charge...
Asked in Air Conditioning and Coolant, Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Ford Expedition XLT

Where is the low side valve on a 3.0 Sable - Taurus air conditioning?

Be advised that I own and service a 2000 Taurus 3.0L OHV engine. The low side valve is located at the rear firewall near the right side \ passenger side strut tower and has a black plastic cap similar to a tire valve stem cap. Stay away from the high pressure side which on my vehicle is at the front right near the radiator. Not certain but believe R-12 Freon was being phased out about 1992 and the new refrigerant is...