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Just left the dealership with 2000 mercury sable. Trans shifting hard into 2nd gear, maybe 3000 to 3500 rpm. Also, emissions dummy lite flashing. After 10 minutes or so, trans shifting smoothly but emissions lite now solid. Any ideas Please?

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  • Stan Nov 06, 2010

    I received a prompt response ( less than 10 minutes) regarding the problem. As it turns out, when detailing the car and cleaning engine, apparently water got into sparkplugs causing emission problem light to come on. Upon removing moisture, car is now driving smoothly. Thank You!



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The emission light is on because the computer senses a problem with your engine and/or sensors. It is alerting you that there is an emission problem with your vehicle. You will need to get the "Codes" from the computer. They will tell you what is wrong. Any auto parts store will get the codes from your vehicle for free. Get the codes and post them on this page. We can diagnose the problem with the codes to help you fix it.

You have to drive the Sable over to the store. They will plug in a scan tool that connects to a port under the drivers side of the dash. It will test the system for codes and they will write them down for you. Do not let them sell you any parts. They only guess at what is wrong and most of the time they are wrong in their guesses.

Let me know,so that we could proceed.

Hope i helped you.

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