1998 Mercury Sable 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 56,000 miles
Hi, I purchased my car from an older woman who barely drove it (hence the low milage). I've since had some strange trans issues.
On longer trips, the problem may or may not come up. 3hr drive to NJ, problems the whole way down, 3hr drive back from NJ no problems at all. The overdrive off light begins flashing, soon thereafter the speedometer begins wandering from min to max. Soon after this the trans begins acting funny, not downshifting when I step on the gas, not upshifting after I let off the gas. I've spoken with several people that have told me to have the trans flushed, and several that said the opposite. The consensus is that these sables lose their trans early, that a flush might knock stuff loose and make the problem worse. What do you think? I'd like to do something preventative if I can to keep from having to replace the trans.
Problems began with my blinkers not working correctly, at first "percussive maintenance" of my steering wheel/column would get them to come back on. This problem is intermittent and the speed of the blinking varies. Is this related to my trans issues? Since this first issue, the door open light comes on when all of the doors are closed, how do I diagnose which door it is or if it's in the wiring? On top of that, my dome light recently stopped turning off (I'm assuming it has something to do with my door-open problem). I took the relay out, problem solved, but I would really like my dome light back.
When turning hard right and going slow I hear a clunking nose from the front driver's steering/suspension assembly. U-joint?
I discovered a pinhole exhaust leak in one of my mufflers, would it pass inspection if I slapped a gob of JB weld on it? If I cleaned it off with a steel brush, would it adhere? My inspection is due end of this month, and I definitely need back brakes (drum). I haven't pulled a wheel off and don't know how bad they are. They've been scraping for awhile but I don't think I'm hitting caliper piston yet. Is it cheaper for me to find a shop to resurface, or to have it done through a garage? What kind of shop would I even be looking for?
If I have to take my car somewhere to have the work done, I'd like an "all systems check" done so I know what problems might be waiting in the wings. What do I ask them to check? What is cost effective?
I realize I have a lot of problems and my donation of $5 isn't much. I thank you though for helping me get my bearings straight.
have the same problem?
Thursday, April 10th, 2008 AT 11:28 AM