02 Mercury Sable, Fuel problems

Tiny
ROSIE
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  • 2002 MERCURY SABLE
  • 120,000 MILES
I have a 2002 Mercury Sable, while driving it looses power but then will pick it right back up. Sometimes when idling the speedometer and rpm will go up. I have relaced the fuel pump and inline fuel filter. What else can it be? Now, after sitting for several months when I start it my steering is squeeling. What can that be? Can I fix it myself? HELP PLEASE!
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Sunday, March 4th, 2012 AT 7:30 PM

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Tiny
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Check your belt tensioner for having right tension, it may have lost soem. This could also be your power losss. Also check engine vacuum if belwo 15'" check for clogged converter.
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Sunday, March 4th, 2012 AT 8:28 PM
Tiny
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Thanks. How do I check my belt tensioner? How tight does it have to be? Also, how do I check the engine vacuum?
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Monday, March 5th, 2012 AT 1:32 AM
Tiny
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You need a belt tension gauge and a vacuum gauge to do the tensioiner and vacuum
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Monday, March 5th, 2012 AT 2:08 PM
Tiny
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OK. Thank you I will purchase those things and do my best at it. Thank you very much.
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Monday, March 5th, 2012 AT 6:43 PM
Tiny
ROSIE
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I need to put the little plastic clamps that come with the inline fuel filter. I have tried to do this several times but I keep breaking the darn things. Is there a tool I need or how do I get these to go on?
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Friday, March 16th, 2012 AT 11:46 PM
Tiny
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You make sure the old one is out then you put them on the pipe and make the connection
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Friday, March 16th, 2012 AT 11:59 PM
Tiny
ROSIE
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I did that and they keep breaking. Bought more and even tho they say they are right ones, they won't snap into the connector part. Do these have to be on the filter lines or can I put some round radiator clamps?
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Sunday, March 18th, 2012 AT 8:28 PM
Tiny
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They have to be on lines

Removal and Installation

1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
2. Release the fuel pressure. For additional information, refer to FUEL SYSTEM PRESSURE RELEASE .
3. Raise the vehicle. For additional information, refer to JACKING & HOISTING .
4. Remove the fuel filter.
1. Push the release buttons and disconnect the fuel tube quick release couplings from the fuel filter.
2. Loosen the clamp.
3. Remove the fuel filter.

Fig. 16: Removing Fuel Filter
Courtesy of FORD MOTOR CO.

CAUTION: Make sure the fuel tube clicks into place when installing the tube. To make sure that the fuel tube is fully seated, pull on the tube.

5. To install, reverse the removal procedure.
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Sunday, March 18th, 2012 AT 8:34 PM

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