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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan, Wagon
#141 of 2996 Taurus and Contour
Jan 11, 2000 (3:09 pm)
Funny thing.....My 1990 Taurus gives me fewer problems at 140k miles than my 1996 Contour at 50k miles.
1200 miles hit a deer (not the cars fault)
125k air conditioning
130k power steering pump
losing 1qt about every 1000-1500 miles
clean air intake and replace several intake parts
I wanted 200k out of it but I guess I would be happy with 150k after reading some of the posts here. Perhaps I got a good one but in my car, that 3.0 liter trusty old pushrod Vulcan V6 engine just keep plugging along. It still runs accelerates well and I have done nothing special to maintain it. All I did were regular oil (4000-6000 miles) and fluid changes (probably a little more frequently that required).
Since it has been pretty good we got Contour. That was a fatal mistake I will not make again. Although it is fun to drive (V6), over the last year it been in the shop every 3 months for several annoying problems from stalling (still doing it), sticky accelerator, various electrical problems, the oxygen sensor 3 times (finally fixed), uneven brake wear, 3 unrelated recalls, a loud sound from the engine (still doing it), and theres plenty more but I dont want to cause too much clutter. Its only at 50k!!!!!!!!!
I called Ford......dont bother. Their customer help line is useless and might as well be a recording. Too bad....not only did they lose a loyal customer and I'm spreading the word because they pissed me off.
#142 of 2996 Taurus not so bad
Jan 13, 2000 (2:29 pm)
If you think the Taurus repairs are bad, then check out the Q45 responses in the maintenance and repair section. Sounds a lot worse than any Taurus and costs much more in the beginning. Also disproves the myth that the Japanese cars don't have problems! Give me a Taurus anyday.
#143 of 2996 Shake, Rattle, and Ping?
Jan 13, 2000 (6:13 pm)
Well, I had my first problem surface last week.
my 97 Taurus GL with 34,600 has developed a high pitched rattling sound. It occurs after the car is warmed up when I press down the accelerator. If I take my foot off the gas, the sound stops.
I took it the the dealer and they told me I have excessive engine pinging. They ran a bunch of tests and replaced the mass airflow sensor assembly. Two days later and the pinging is back. I use 87 octane like the owners manual says. Any suggestions? The car is still under warranty until May.
Jan 18, 2000 (7:54 pm)
Suddenly my wind shield washer pump started to hesitate and now totally failed. I keep pressing the knob, but the washer fluid does not spray. My wipers goes on and on on the dry wind shield leaving the marks. I checked the washer fluid, it is not frozen and it is filled to the top. Any ideas as what could be the problem?
#145 of 2996 amarmistry
Jan 19, 2000 (12:20 pm)
Do you hear the pump motor running?
1-If not, see if pump motor is getting voltage, check for burned out fuse, or could be a bad switch. Could always apply 12 volts to the pump motor to see if it still works.
2-If so, the washer lines or nozzles may be clogged or frozen. Pull the hose from pump outlet and see if washer fluid gets pumped out. A seperate hose would be useful to check this so that fluid is not sprayed all over the place.
A hair dryer could be used to thaw out the frozen lines if necessary. Use the winter mix of washer fluid as it has an antifreeze in the blend to keep the system from freezing.
#146 of 2996 Thank you Bob ...
Jan 19, 2000 (9:11 pm)
... for your reply. I will do as you have suggested and will post here again if I have more problems or questions.
#147 of 2996 Never ending
Jan 20, 2000 (6:26 am)
This topic is never ending, lots of Tortoise problems!
Soon, they'll all be in the boneyard and no one will worry about them anymore. The tears from the repairs may take a little longer to forget!
#148 of 2996 Careful, amarmistry
Jan 20, 2000 (4:03 pm)
The post from bobs5 has good suggestions, but if you use anything other than a hair dryer, such as a heat gun, be careful not to melt plastic parts-
Jan 21, 2000 (7:07 pm)
You all are an opinionated group. Are you telling me that nobody has any suggestions about my problem. I find that hard to believe. Come on guys. I need some help!
#150 of 2996 bowmanjh1
Jan 21, 2000 (7:28 pm)
If it is a pinging problem, try a higher octane gas.
Problem are hard to diagnose over the internet, especially sounds.
Maybe check for something loose under the hood.
Wish I could be of more help, but I am kind of stumped on this one.