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Old 11-05-2012, 07:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2002 Mercury sable GS, Horn and Cruise control not operational.

Hi guys! Just found these forums. I just moments ago purchased a 2002 GS Mercury Sable. (well it was practically given to me) The most luxurious car i've ever owned!

A few issues I wanted to ask you guys in case anyone might know?

The horn doesn't work & cruise control doesn't work. The previous owner mentioned something about the battery going out and that perhaps the cruise control could be "reset", I have no idea.

Also there is some confirmed lifter noise. Isn't very noticeable but it seems to be there when I accelerate. Any ideas if lifter noise is a common problem, and hopefully not a death sentence?

If anyone has some info I would be most thankful! Thanks and hopefully i'll be here for a while, I have much to learn.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Noisy lifters aren't the end of the world, they could just be clogged. Perhaps try one of those engine flush treatments during your next oil change. No I can't recommend a particular brand

Are your brake lights coming on when they should be? There is also a small relay box next to the battery which contains the relay for the horn.

There is a clockspring inside the wheel which may have also failed. It happens, though it's a bit less common. I had the same problem, turned out to be 1.) A failed horn relay, and 2.) Failed brake switch for the cruise. It's attached to the brake pedal arm. Blue sensor. Check for resistance through the pins. IIRC it should be open when depressed, closed when released.

Here's an image I googled. You're looking for the upper sensor.


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Noisy lifters aren't the end of the world, they could just be clogged. Perhaps try one of those engine flush treatments during your next oil change. No I can't recommend a particular brand

Are your brake lights coming on when they should be? There is also a small relay box next to the battery which contains the relay for the horn.

There is a clockspring inside the wheel which may have also failed. It happens, though it's a bit less common. I had the same problem, turned out to be 1.) A failed horn relay, and 2.) Failed brake switch for the cruise. It's attached to the brake pedal arm. Blue sensor. Check for resistance through the pins. IIRC it should be open when depressed, closed when released.

Here's an image I googled. You're looking for the upper sensor.

Thanks! I will check this out tomorrow. Say you wouldn't happen to be Prismatic from AC friends would you?
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Thanks! I will check this out tomorrow. Say you wouldn't happen to be Prismatic from AC friends would you?
That's me!
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Small world or freaky world, because this isn't the first time i've randomly found an ACfer. This is Whipsmack, you helped me with some coding for a website a few years ago. Pretty sure it was you.


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Small world or freaky world, because this isn't the first time i've randomly found an ACfer in another forum. This is Whipsmack, you helped me with some coding for a website a few years ago. Pretty sure it was you.

Haha, what's up? I haven't forgot you, I'm like an elephant. I lurk in many places, only a couple use this name. We've probably interacted in other places, too
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Haha, what's up? I haven't forgot you, I'm like an elephant. I lurk in many places, only a couple use this name. We've probably interacted in other places, too
Not much really, I am a person of uneventfulness. The horn was super easy fix I should have checked before hand, it was just a blown fuse. I found that blue switch thing, I will now have to find my multimeter and fiddle around if i'm feeling ambitious enough.

Do you recommend seafoam for the lifter issue?

Thanks again!
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