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My engine light is on and auto zone code says O2 sensor or catalytic converter.
If you have codes to the O2 sensors does not always mean you have bad catalytic converters. You describe different problems that can be the converters and even a transmission shift problems. I would recommend having a mechanic like one...
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Okay, my ignition is spinning loose and the car is stuck with the auxiliary on but wont start has no pressure.
Hi there. If the ignition switch is moving around, then the tabs that lock the switch in place on the switch are either broken or damaged. I recommend replacing the ignition switch. If you need further assistance with replacing the...
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Got tune up 3 months later engine loss power, ruff idle, and now it wont start but does crank, what can it be?
Hi there. The symptom that you are describing could be either the head gasket burned or the thermostat is stuck. Open the hood and check externally of the engine to see if there is any cracks. Since you said that...
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Why won't my car start up?
Hello, thank you for writing in. If the vehicle is cranking over, as in the starter is turning over the eninge (but it fails to start) then you are looking at a fuel or spark issue. If you are testing...
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Is changing steering rack & pinion costly. I have my own parts and if its used does it matter of the cost to do the work on my Mercury Sable?
Hi there: I'll forward you inquiry to our customer service team about working with used parts and the cost, however, if you're planning on keeping your Mercury Sable for any period of time, you might want to purchase new steering...
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What could cause engine light to come only after driving for about 5 miles.
The check engine light comes on when the computer systems on the vehicle detects a problem. There are hundreds of possible codes and problems that can cause those codes. You will need to have the computer tested to see what...
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it idles high when started and dogs out when u press the accelerator. .
Hi there. Typically a high idle issue is caused by the idle control valve or a vacuum leak. When you apply pressure to the throttle and it bogs down, that tends to also be a vacuum issue. Some of the...
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My car idles high and bogs down when I hit the gas
Typically a high idle issue is caused by a bad idle control valve or a vacuum leak. When you apply pressure to the throttle and it bogs down, that tends to also be a vacuum issue. Some of the components...
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Will a bottle of Lucas transmission fluid fix my issue?
Hi there, thanks for writing in. Although Lucas makes an exceptional transmission fluid stabilizer, you should try to find out why the transmission is damaged in the first place. If the fluid level was drained to the right level and...
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the anti-theft chip came out of my key now my car wont crank
With your vehicle it is possible that there may be a fault in your security system which may have been triggered by removing the security chip. There may be a fault code stored in the computer of your Mercury Sable...
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My engine sensor code said my catalytic convertor went out. Do I have replace all three or only one?
Hi there. There is only 1 catalytic converter that requires the O2 sensor to work with it. The other two are a catalytic converter to help with emissions and a resonating chamber to quieten the exhaust before the muffler. The...
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Overheats when heater is on, heater blows cold air.
Since you had cooling system work done recently, one possibility is the cooling system is air bound. If air is trapped within the cooling system and not properly bled from the system after a repair, the air can cause the...
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The car 166,000 miles on it, but still runs like a top...
Hello, thanks for writing in. the torque converter is the likely failure here. The torque converter drives the pressure pump for the transmission (which provides the hydraulic pressure for gear engagement, shifting, etc.). The torque converter splines are notoriously weak...
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Car shakes, lights dim, won't accelerate
Shaking or vibrating may be caused by many different things such as faulty spark plugs, poor fuel pressure or misfires. Other things such as a faulty idle air control valve may cause the engine idle to drop below the normal...
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My car died and won't start
It sounds like you may have two separate issues going on here. If your alternator is providing too much power to the battery, this is usually a sign of a bad voltage regulator. The voltage regulator is a unit that...
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power steering is leaking / I have the pump/ pressure hose / belt
Any rubber component on a vehicle system is typically leak prone after about a 6 year lifetime particularly, for example, if you break the seal that a rubber hose in a power steering system makes to a nipple (on pump...
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Rusted brake line - 1999 Mercury Sable
Hey there. 3/16 inch diameter brake line tubing is used on virtually all cars and trucks made in the world. The more important issue is what type of end fittings you have and type of flare (bubble, inverted, etc.). That...
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vacuum hose
Hi there: In most cases, a vacuum leak causes simple performance issues, but it can cause serious engine damage if it's serious enough; which is why you shouldn't drive it anywhere until it's replaced. You should ask a friend to...
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Car stops accelerating and check engine light comes on momentarily while driving.
Hi there: It is very possible that the issues you're experiencing are cause by a faulty main relay issue on your 2003 Mercury Sable. However, it could be other issues ranging from your alternator to simple wiring or a...
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Heat inside car stays warm for minute then blows cold until I turn heat off for a minute and try again.
Hi there. The engine always at operating temperature leads me to believe, the thermostat is not the cause, for no heat inside the vehicle. There are several possibilities for no heat inside, the heater control valve is malfunctioning, the heater...

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