Mercury Sable owners have reported 17 problems related to engine belts and pulleys (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Mercury Sable based on all problems reported for the Sable.
1999 Mercury Sable LS
VIN - 1mefm53s5xg600392
car was bought new from copper country Ford 12/16/98
warranty - 36,000 miles / 6 years
at approx 36,095 miles oct 2004 I had to replace the rack and pinion steering. Seeing as how I was over the warranty, I called the Ford mo. Co and asked if there was anything they would do. Town & country Ford (local Ford dealer in my town) said they would charge me for the labor only. April 11, 2005 with approx 38,000 miles it started to leak oil. I took it to town & country and they said it needed a new oil pan gasket. They repaired it at my expense. Approx a month later, it was leaking again. Took it in, and they said they fixed it. . . Oil pan gasket needed some tweeking, so they said. I took it to have its normal 3000 mi oil check days later, and the man who looked at my engine said the fan belt was shredded, and could not believe someone was working on my engine days prior and did not fix it or tell me about it. I had the fan belt replaced. Oct 13, 2005 my car is still leaking oil. I took it to town & country Ford, and now they tell me I need a new engine. . . . . Because the block is cracked. I asked if maybe the oil leak that had started in April may have been due to the cracked block, to which I never got an answer. When I asked why the block was cracked, the answer I got was "its made of aluminum, and sometimes these things happen. "
current mileage is approx 40,000. I just called the Ford motor CO and they said there are no programs associated with this car to help me and that there is nothing they can do. I realize that im over mileage, and that im over the warranty. . . . But I have replaced the rack and pinion and now I have to replace the engine?
#99 w-8079 s us 2/141
iron mountain, mi 49801, 906. 779. 1191, 906. 396. 8209.
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The power steering in the consumer's 2001 Mercury Sable station wagon failed. The consumer opened the hood of the vehicle and found that the belt was loose and that the spring loaded belt idler pulley was hanging in parts on the engine block. It was determined that the pulley assembly could not be repaired. The consumer requested that Ford reimburse him for the cost of replacing the defective spring loaded idler pulley assembly.
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On raining days, while driving the at any speed, the serpentine belt would fall off and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle has been towed to the dealership on many occasions, and they could not duplicate or correct the problem. Please provide further information.
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While driving in heavy rain storm, engine crankshaft pulley assy broke causing the loss of power steering immediately, I struggled to maintain control of vehicle. I had repaired at local shop in long island ,NY , mechanic said new replacement unit was much different than origianl indicting that there was problem with design of original unit. Had I not been able to steer vehicle there could have been a collision resulting in injuries , etc. I checked recalls & there were non related to this mechanical failure. I paid $309. 91 for repairs to vehicle. VIN# 1mefm58s8xg641835, I retained broken original pully & bracket assembly.
During rainy weather, the right front tire splashes water into the engine fan belt assembly causing the fan belt to slip and squeal. The power steering pump fails to turn resulting in hard steering and loss of vehicle control, the generator fails to turn resulting in battery light illumination. The right front wheelwell baffle assembly installed by the mfg does not adequately shield the fan belt assembly from rain water intrusion. A temporary, thought inadequate fix, is to apply "belt dressing" to the fan belt. Ref complaint #551260.
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I should have learned that Sable was a bad car after the engine of my mother's '87 Sable exploded, caught fire and busted through the floor of the car beside the gas pedal and brake (1993). Luckily she was not in the car. The engine had been off and sitting in park for five minutes when this happened. I bought my 97 Sable in 2001. I have never had a car with so many constant problems. I spend about $1200 a year fixing it continually. I'm currently having electrical problems with the radio going out while in reverse or when I press the brake. The window on the passenger side won't move up or down unless the driver and the passenger press the buttons at the same time. The interior light stays on, so we have to unplug the fuse to get it to go off. The seat belt safety light and the window button lights keep clicking on and off. Once again, the steering wheel is hard to turn even though the power steering fluid is at the right level. I have to get the wheels aligned several times a year. The car always makes a humming noise and does not block out the sound of wind. The shoulder straps of seat belts alway lock into place too tight. Name the problem. . . I've probably been through it. I will never buy another Ford/ Mercury again even if it is the #1 selling car.
While traveling during inclement weather serpentine belt fell off and vehicle shut down.
Soon after the vehicle was purchased vehicle started to leak oil, and vehicle had some problems with steering pump. Contacted dealer, and dealer replaced steering pump twice, and tries to fix leaking problem. But to this date problem still occurs. The power steering pump was leaking and was replaced. But the leaking continued and the dealer did services like cleaning the tensioner, replaceing belt tensioner assembly, but the customer states that the vehicle was still leaking oil.
The contact owns a 1999 Mercury Sable. While driving at an unknown speed, the consumer drove over a small puddle of water, which caused the power steering to lock up. A few seconds later, the power steering returned. The contact believes that the steering fails whenever the serpentine belt gets wet. The belt must dry off before he can gain control of the vehicle. The vehicle has not been diagnosed. The failure has occurred between five and six times. The failure and current mileages were 140,000. Updated 07/17/09. Updated 07/20/09.
The sepentine belt broke. Nlm.
Crankshaft pulley failed while driving in rainstorm.
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Vehicle stalls every time in rainy weather, vehicle was taken to dealer on 5 occasions, dealer replaced serpentine belt and informed consumer that the manufacturer was designing a guard to prevent water from entering the vehicle, however, manufacturer was not aware of new guard.
Drove through puddle of water. This caused main belt to slip, resulting in the driver losing control of vehicle. Happens every time vehicle is driven through water. Mechanic cannot locate the reason belts would slip.
High idle when moving from park to drive, causing vehicle to lurch forward, and it will also travel couple feet if foot is not on brakes hard. Manufacturer issued a TSB, but it does not correct defect. Consumer states that this failure caused the liquid filled mounts to fail which also caused exhaust leak at manifold, the TSB number is 97-7-1, which states the pcm needed replaced due to an incorrect software identification block. Drive and serpentine belts failed.
When driving in wet conditions and making a right hand turn from a stopped position, power steering is lost and engine power is reduced. Also, dashboard warning lights illuminate. This loss of power and steering while entering traffic is alarming! it is obvious that the belt is slippling due to the moisture being sprayed up from the passenger side wheel well. I have inspected the belt and it is in fine condition. There is no manual adjustment for the belt tensioner (spring loaded). This problem started at 24,000 miles. I have searched the internet and have seen another similar complaint. I belive that this problem must be reviewed before someone loses steering while entering traffic and is killed! I realize that replacing the belt may make the problem go away, however, this is an obviou.
When driving over puddles water will get into serpentine belt, causing power steering to go out momentarily, and loss of control.
Upon driving during rain or damp weather steering wheel locks, the battery light flashes and the fan belt makes noise. Yh.
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|Engine And Engine Cooling problems||
|Engine Cooling System problems||
|Gasoline Engine problems||
|Car Stall problems||
|Engine Belts And Pulleys problems||
|Engine Exhaust System problems||
|Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problems||
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