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1998 Mercury Sable brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 102001


  • miles


When vehicle is in park or foot is taking of gas pedal to brake, it will accelerate.has to apply a lot of pressure to brakes to stop vehicle. This causes brakes and rotors to warp. Replaced part; however, problem reoccurred.

- Downingtown, PA, USA

problem #6

Mar 012002


  • miles
While traveling on highway and without prior warning vehicle will shake while applying brakes. Also, motor mounts were defective.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #5

Jun 202001


  • miles
The problem was identical in both instances, the rear calipers on those two occasions failed to fully release resulting in rapid and premature pad wear. On both occassions the problem was not noticable until there was metal to metal contact. At that point the failure caused extreme heat to be generated to the point of scorching the wheel. The shop that did the last repair, they are very good at what they do, checked the front brakes and the only work done was to machine the the rotors to eliminate a slight shimmy. I am very easy on my car and that I did not need front pads at 75000 mi seems to indicate so.

- Dunnellon, FL, USA

problem #4

Dec 232000


  • miles


Rear brake pads completely worn, needing replacement and machining of rotors. Dealer thought front brakes had been serviced because pads were in such good shape. All brake parts were original equipment from time vehicle was built. Dealer claims rear brakes do 70% of stopping on this car by design.

- Milltown, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jun 011999


  • miles
My car made a low roaring noise from the rear end after about 3 months, since the first incident didn't occur again for a few weeks I didn't worry about it, however, after I had it for about 6 months the noise got worse and I was told I needed new brake pads, these were installed the same day, a few weeks later the same noise occurred again and this time I was told I needed new tie rod ends, these were installed that day, then it was my brake pads later it was the rotors, brake pads and shoes, I still have the noise in the rear of the car and now my brakes are still not right, I came down a hill last week and when I hit my brakes there were none, the dealer is saying it is the fact that I drive a lot Ford Motor Co is saying they aren't responsible and bud shell is saying it is my fault can you help me I have had this car in the shop for this same problem about 10 times since Sept 1999 I am afraid that my brakes will fail me again in a more dangerous situation than the last time.

- Harviell, MO, USA

problem #2

Nov 111999


  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Gretna, VA, USA

problem #1

Jun 211999


  • miles
Consumer heard grinding sound from the rear & took vehicle to the dealer. Rotors, and brake shoes and pads were replaced. However, problem occurred again on 10-Aug-1999. It was taken to the same dealer, and he replaced alot of parts. As of 10-Apr-2000, vehicle is at the dealer's again. Dealer couldn't find cause of problem. Brakes are still locking up.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

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