I apologize for a question on a Mercury..but seeing how it's basically
a Taurus ...
My mother in law gave her 1996 Sable to my son. Two problems ... no
brake lights and the shifter will not move out of Park after the engine
is started unless you use the procedure stated in the manual which just
also happens to say that the real problem is that a fuse is blown. I
figured that the rachet/pawl mechanism was worn..She didn't know the
brake lights were not operating..car originally in SC .. SC does not
have an inspection law..so for two years she just jiggled the ignition
switch and played the shifter game.. now ..we live in Texas..and Texas
has an inspection ...
After reading the manual..I figured ..neat... I can fix this in no
time.. however..in the fuse panel under the dash...all the fuses are
good... so I am scratching my head... what gives?
Help? ..really.. this is kicking my butt.
Thanks in advance.
Your TauruSable questions are always welcome...
The fuses are fine.
Replace the BOO switch. (That's Ford-ese for Brake-On-Off switch)
It's easy to see on the brake pedal arm, under the dash... a common
failure. Get a genuine Ford part for longer service.
I appreciate the fast answer..I'll be off to the Ford dealer in the
morning to get one... and I looked... yes.. looks to be a job I can
The short period of time I drove the car....it has the 24 valve 3.0..
(I am used to a Ford Powerstroke F350), it is really a nice driving
I think it will be an excellent car for my son.
Don't let him know it's a hot-rod, though. The Sable cammers are way
underrated - they make excellent road cars and will win at traffic light
face-offs too, while being easy to fix and cheap to maintain and
operate. Should get 29-30 mpg highway without trying too hard. They
don't attract much attention from the police, or thieves, they are very
safe cars, and cheap to insure too. It's a good choice.
Just wanted to drop you a reply to say 'thanks' again.. you hit the
nail on the head... I picked up a new brakelight switch from the local
Ford dealership on Friday... 18 bucks, easy installation..... and got
the car inspected on Saturday, and got the tags and title this morning.
Cleaned the car, put a little elbow grease (wax/polish) into the
paint, and cleaned the interior, and now my son (age 17) has a good car
to drive. I wish I had been given a car this nice when I was 17. I
told him he needs to really sit back and appreciate what he has.
I have the 98 Sable with the regular 3.0. I'll have it paid for in April
and I plan on getting another Sable to complement my first one. I plan on
searching for an LS Sable with the 24v engine. I can't wait. :-)
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