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3.8

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,518 miles

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1999 Mercury Sable steering problems

steering problem

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1999 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #13

Apr 172005

Sable

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Steering very noisy and it is very difficult to make a right turn. You practically have to enter the other lane to make a right turn at a corner. This is not good.

- Jackson, MI, USA

problem #12

Dec 152004

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,765 miles
The vehicle was loosing power steering fluid through the rack and pinion steering. The owner took the vehicle back to the dealer, and was informed that the fluid was leaking through the rack and pinion steering assembly. The turning radius was not adequate enough to make a right turn without the front of the vehicle entering the left lane of traffic on the road being turned onto.

- Mount Pleasant, IA, USA

problem #11

Jan 062005

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
Report of catasropic failure of stering system on 1999 mecury Sable / rack and pinion gear fracture/ seems there is major defalt with stering system, total crack in frame /gear system, all had to be replaced, didnt see any recalls, mechanic who fixed say this need to be reported to manafuture, milage is 100K, no accidents in vehicle, just failed while driving.

- Garland , TX, USA

problem #10

Dec 012004

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,270 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Rear right passenger seat belt did not retract. Dealer stated the vehicle was not included in the NHTSA recall 99V25000. Also, rack and pinion steering had to be replaced because of a seal leak.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #9

Aug 232004

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,500 miles
Power steering failed while driving. Consumer heard a winding coming from the front. Consumer pulled over, lifted up the hood, and noticed power steering fluid was dry inside of the canister pump. Consumer was able to drive the vehicle to a local repair shop for steering fluid. Then, consumer took vehicle to dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that rack pinion failed, and needed to be replaced. Consumer informed the mechanic that problem recurred.

- Southbury, CT, USA

problem #8

Jul 152004

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,099 miles
Vehicle is 1999 Mercury Sable, power steering pump started making noise. Examining pump showed no leaks although fluid was low. Fluid added to proper level. Within driving 2 miles pump again made noise. Backing up car allowed visual confirmation of fluid leak on ground. Although some fluid was in steering pump, power assist was lost while driving making the car hard to steer and control. Trip to mechanic revealed rack and pinion failure and massive fluid leak. Milage on vehicle is 67,100 miles. Mechanic feels premature failure should not have occured at 67K miles. Price to replace is approx $500 to $800 should hydraulic hoses also need to be replaced.

- Concord, OH, USA

problem #7

Jan 292003

Sable

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Defective rack and pinion steering caused noise while driving.

- Beverly Hills, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 312003

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,097 miles
Rack and pinion steering failed. Causing power steering pump to boil over continously. Making you think that the pump was bad.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #5

Sep 122002

Sable

  • miles
Consumer states that power steering failed. Vehicle checked by dealer who determined needs new rack and pinion. Consumer stated unsafe to drive vehicle because turning capability is greatly reduced.

- Lakeworth, FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 012002

Sable

  • miles
1) rack & pionion rod: At approximately 55000 miles, the rack and pinion seal blew out. This could have caused the power steering to fail and result in an accident. There was no viable reason for this componenet to fail. The car has never been in any kind of an accident. Repairs were approximately $700. 2) front axle/ABS: A problem with braking began and resulted in brakes slipping and vibrating, causing a sound of metal on metal. Upon inspection it was determined that the ring/gear on the front drivers side of the axel was originally installed incorrectly. The gear should be approximately 3/8" from the bolts for the front wheels. However, in this instance, the gear has been grinding away the bolts. There is no evidence of the gear "slipping" it is and has always been in the same spot. This causes metal shavings to fall onto the ABS sensor and results in the ABS not working. This is a safety issue and could result in a crash due to the ABS not working. Ford does not seem to want to fix this item even though it is clear that the car originally came from the manufacturer with this problem.

- Vista, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 152001

Sable

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Rack and pinion failed causing power steering to fail making the car unsafe to drive. While no accident occured, it was by luck.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #2

Mar 062001

Sable

  • miles
No summary listed for abov evehicle.

- West Jordan, UT, USA

problem #1

Feb 252001

Sable

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Fresno, CA, USA

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