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  • david brown
    david brown - 1990 Mercury Grand Marquis - Brakes - 9/2/2014
    Why won't it start
    Has fuel spark is yellow from coil to dist. From dist to plugs
    0 answer
  • Dale
    Dale - 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis - Brakes - 7/7/2014
    My car is hesitating when I hesitate when I get up to 48 mph, it also has a code of c 1095.
    also the oil light keeps coming on and off.
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2007 Mercury Mariner - Brakes - 6/19/2014
    the anti-lock brake AND 4WD icon lights just started lighting. ABS icon is on all the time now, & 4WD lite blinks.
    Mileage = 31,000 I am 2nd owner, have had the car for 6 months, it ran beautifully, still does; but I can feel the ABS braking kick in @ every stop now, slippery or not. The 4WD lite indicates to me that its trying to engage, also on non-slippery, normal driving ...
    0 answer
  • gloryman
    gloryman - 2006 Mercury Mountaineer - Brakes - 6/1/2014
    ABS; SRC ; spanner lights. ABS & SRC (roll stability control) lights would come on at around 30 - 40 MPH
    It is followed by the wrench (spanner tool) symbol just above the mileage display of the odometer. Sometimes in slow traffic , all of the lights will go out and come back on a couple of times , then would stay on . At start up the lights would still be on . ...
    0 answer
  • dondi
    dondi - 1997 Mercury Sable - Brakes - 4/1/2014
    How do i change stop light bulb
    how to change stop light in 1997 mercury sable station wagon
    • Pepe
      4/1/2014 Pepe
      Disconnect your negative cable from your battery first, open up the trunk, inside there is a plastic trim panel that you will have to remove, pull the carpet trim back to gain access to the brake light retaining nuts, pull the taillight away from the body, disconnect the electrical connection, and turn the plastic light socket counterclockwise to release it from the lens. Pull the bulb straight out from the socket. Install a new one and do everything in reverse order.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1994 Mercury Topaz - Brakes - 3/27/2014
    Why do my non abs brakes only lock tires when i hit the brake pedal hard?
    i replaced all brake lines, rubber hoses, pads, calipers, and put a new master cylinder on twice. i repeat a brand new not rebuilt master cylinder it was factory tested. all air is completely out of the system. when i hit the brakes hard on the road only right tire ...
    • AutoMD Member
      3/27/2014 AutoMD Member
      The ABS system is designed to keep the wheel from locking/skidding. If you get them to lock at all it should only be for a split second. Anything more than that the ABS is not doing it's job. During an ABS activation it is normal to feel the brake pedal vibrate and may even get a little low depending on how long it is activated.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1997 Mercury Sable - Brakes - 2/10/2014
    Can't get gear shift out of park (neutral interlock switch?)
    Vehicle will not come out of park am able to start car in neutral after turning key to on not start position. Will sometimes come out of park after repeated tries, pumping brakes.
    • jdl
      2/8/2014 jdl
      Some vehicles have a shift interlock bypass. I'll have to check location, if you have one.
      2/8/2014 jdl
      I looked at your owners manual and elsewhere. Didn't find a bypass for the shift interlock mechanism. Your owners manual just a routine to try if you can't shift it out of park.

      To troubleshoot, I'd check the fuses, first. Go from there.
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/9/2014 HouseCallAuto
      When it will not come out of park, have someone look at the brake lights to see if they are also not working at the same time it will not come out of park. If the brake lights do not function, replace the brake light switch. Sometimes there can be a broken wire at the brake light switch connector but that situation usually is a permenent fail and not intermittent as you stated that repeated brake pedal applications seems to get you out of this which seems to add credibility to the bad brake light switch scenario.
    • Jimm
      2/10/2014 Jimm
      The issue may be related to either one of these components; faulty shift interlock solenoid (on the steering column) or faulty brake light switch - at the brake pedal.

      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources,,,,, - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the brake light switch (on the brake pedal arm - underneath the instrument panel) from around $4.60, and the shift interlock solenoid from around $33.00 for your vehicle.

      The brake light switch is easily replaced - check the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps to replace.
  • Dale
    Dale - 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis - Brakes - 10/28/2013
    Brake and airbag dash lights keep blinking on and off.
    The lights won't turn off
    0 answer
  • btotten35
    btotten35 - 2000 Mercury Sable - Brakes - 10/8/2013
    Why is my right brake sticking and getting really hot
    i've changed rotors, pads, and calipers on both sides.
    • John's Auto Repair
      10/4/2013 John's Auto Repair
      You may have a restricted brake hose.
    • Mayor
      10/8/2013 Mayor
      A defective caliper piston can cause the brake to stay on for that wheel.
  • vokal_gurl
    vokal_gurl - 1990 Mercury Sable - Brakes - 10/1/2013
    Why does my front right brake make a grinding sound when I come to a complete stop?
    I just got new brakes and rotors on the front of my car which is front wheel drive a month ago. A week ago the grinding noise began. It only happens when I am driving slowly (about 30 mph and slower) and brake to come to a complete stop. The grinding occurs for ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/29/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Might be noisy pads. I see this sometimes. Have the mechanic warranty the pads and switch them out for another brand.
      9/30/2013 vokal_gurl
      ok. the mechanic thinks it's my cv joint. does that make any sense? we're replacing it tomorrow and if that doesn't work we'll try switching out the brake pads.
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/30/2013 HouseCallAuto
      According to your description, you stated that the noise doesn't happen UNTIL you use the brakes. Your details which seems to be well thought out and very understandable by me (mechanic 36 years) are clear. This description does not support a bad CV joint but DOES support noisy brake pads. Typically, a bad CV joint makes noise ONLY when the car goes into a turn and is accelerated at the same time. CV joints DO NOT become noisy when applying the brakes. So, that being said and not tryin’ to be a wise guy here, just seems not fair that you are gonna give some additional money to the repair shop to replace a CV driveshaft to correct what seems to me to be noisy brake pads. How about switch the pads first (free...hello..) no cost of parts to shop and maybe 15 minutes on the lift (hello again). I suggest you print this and give it to the person making the service decisions about your car at that shop. Maybe then he may agree that this is the best way to handle this.
      10/1/2013 vokal_gurl
      i agree that the "symptom" does not fit with a bad CV joint. My mechanic is a family friend and works for free. if indeed the CV joint does not fix the problem, we will return the part and try a different brake pad. my other question is if it is a noisy brake pad, how come it is only noisy maybe 20% of the time?
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/1/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Outside temperature and humidity are what changes and makes the noise inconsistent.
      10/1/2013 vokal_gurl
      that makes sense but it's doing this like one minute, not the next, and then again 3 minutes later. I know temperature and humidity aren't changing that fast. something just isn't adding up. :/ Anyway, we shall figure it out today I hope. I'll let you know what they find.
      10/1/2013 HouseCallAuto
      It is SOMETHING at the brakes - whether that is an anti-rattle clip that is out of place or other anomoly.
      10/2/2013 vokal_gurl
      turns out, there was indeed something a bit off with my CV joint so I had it replaced. However, it was not the cause of the noise. That problem is caused by what I think the mechanic called a wheel bearing going bad. He said this is something that can wait awhile since it is very mild still. So, I have time to save up for repairing that now. Thanks, again, for your help.
  • vokal_gurl
    vokal_gurl - 1990 Mercury Sable - Brakes - 9/30/2013
    Why does my front right brake make a grinding sound when I come to a complete stop?
    I just got new brakes and rotors on the front of my car which is front wheel drive a month ago. A week ago the grinding noise began. It only happens when I am driving slowly (about 30 mph and slower) and brake to come to a complete stop. The grinding occurs for ...
    • jhepot
      9/30/2013 jhepot
      Break pads canbe loose or need rotor to be turn
      9/30/2013 vokal_gurl
      ok. the mechanic thinks it's my cv joint. does that make any sense? everything brake, rotor and caliper related checks out ok.
  • tumultous34
    tumultous34 - 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis - Brakes - 7/24/2013
    There is a lot of grinding in the passenger front everytime I back out..
    my 99 grand marquis has 160000k miles and has some massive grinding on the passenger front when I back up..also on several occasions it has actually seized up and I had to go forward a little to get it to release..none of the dash lights are on im just curious if ...
    • wbrockstar
      7/24/2013 wbrockstar
      Sounds like it is either the brake pad,sticking brake caliper,and/or the front wheel bearing hub assembly.Usually if the bearing assembly is at fault,you should hear grinding noise constantly whether youre goin forward or in reverse.While driving it would also get louder when going around left hand curves because the majority of vehicles weight is then put on passenger side.Make sure the tone ring for abs system ( round part with teeth on outer edge on backside of dust shield ) thats mounted to backside of wheel bearing hub assembly is not coming into contact with anything behind brake dust shield/backing plate.
  • bettshand
    bettshand - 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis - Brakes - 6/13/2013
    Abs light stays lit when car is running
    Had brakes repaired- was told abs module was bad and need to replace Reading onlin for info - module contains mercury in 2002 Mercury- What do I do? Where can I obtain abs part?
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/13/2013 HouseCallAuto
      No, I can't agree with that diagnosis just yet. The abs module is not that common to go bad and there are plenty other things can turn that light on. The abs system has to be checked for fault codes just like you would check for codes when a check engine lamp is on. Once you know the code then the rest is easier. However, if you say that the abs code reader cannot establish a communication link, then that may support a case for a bad abs module. Maybe. All fuses for the abs have to be checked for being there (not missing) and being good.
  • gregoryharris96786
    gregoryharris96786 - 2001 Mercury Sable - Brakes - 6/9/2013
    Vehicle nose diving when breaking .
    Replaced rotors an pads,fluid lines flushed by pressure Maintenance performed by Hopkins Lincoln mercury in Abington Pa.;takes a lot of pressure on my part to stop the vehicle.
    • Jimm
      6/9/2013 Jimm
      The excess brake pedal pressure may be caused by; faulty / kinked / clogged flexible brake hoses at the brake caliper, dirty / contaminated brake fluid, faulty / leaking power brake vacuum booster unit - or a leak in the vacuum hose / connection from the engine to the booster unit.

      The vehicle suspension may be worn - which will causes excess nosedive - especially the front struts and coil springs. If there are over 50-0k miles on the front struts, as example - time to replace these.
  • Dorothy Gainer
    Dorothy Gainer - 2002 Mercury Mountaineer - Brakes - 5/27/2013
    I have been smelling a burnt wire/plastic smell and today I loss break pressure. I have plenty of break fluid. Why? Help
    I can find no leaky hoses or fluid on engine block. What else could it be?
    • Don
      5/27/2013 Don
      Anti-lock brake sensor could be faulty, sounds like a dealer problem and may have a recall on it.