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While slowing down (breaking), the car"jerks"

When slowing-breaking down, the car sometime suddenly and very strongly "like stops-pulls back, the best description will be jerks", usually in lower gear, around 25 miles, then, if you want to go faster, it accelrates much more-up to 3 RPM to change to the next gear. A few times, after that very moment, the steering wheel got stiff. It is very unpleasant feeling when that happens. Once or twice happend to me that while driving, the RPM was going so high(up to 5RPM) without me accelerating, but the car was not gaining any speed. That was scary feeling too. The car is Sable Mercury 1995, it has about 49000 miles and it is still a nice looking car. Please tell me what do you think it could be wrong, Thanks, Jim

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  • anthony skidmore May 11, 2010

    Sounds to me that the problem is with the automatic transmission.You need to get it checked.

    As for the engine racing away , on its own, this sounds like a sticking accelerator cable or mechanism.

    Hope this helps

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I hace a 19196 sable-the problem is the transaxle speed sensor-this part sends all speed info to the computer ..-First symptom(speedometer stops working and then transmission shifts erratacially and power steering becomes hard and engine light comes on..The computer on this all eletronic car cannot send proper signals to the speedo-trans-power steering and other functions without knowing how fast or slow the car is going..Have the SPEED SENSOR mounted on top of the tranaxle replaced and all will be well.Part is not to expensive.labor can vary depending whether you have 3.0OHV or DOHC engine-some cars have to have exhaust dropped to get at it-Good Luck All

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It is definitely not your catalytic converter since that is a part on your exhaust used to burn off any fuel that wasn't ignited in the engine.

Are you able to change the gears using the 1 and 2 on the shifter?

If not your transmission is most likely toast and you should get it replaced.

If you are able to, it is a problem with your computer and you will need to have it re-programmed.

Either way you should have your mechanic service it as soon as possible.

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SOURCE: I recently went on a trip of close to 800 miles

Have a repair shop check out the EGR VALVE and other possible causes

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SOURCE: already changed fuel filter. Symptoms first

clogged catalytic converter perhaps?

Posted on Oct 05, 2010

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