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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan, Wagon
#1439 of 3012 front springs........
Feb 07, 2005 (5:01 pm)
Ford has had this problem forever. My 1993 was recalled and a basket installed to prevent a spring failure from damaging the tire. At the time of the recall Ford would replace the springs if a problem was found. The basket is a simple bolt on repair that was a no brainer- a really simple fix for a dangerous problem. I cannot believe that Ford would not put it on all the newer Taurus models.
Do not waste your time with Ford springs. Use after-market ones. They do not fail. Cheaper too.
Good thing this happened to you parked and not at 75. There have been fatals as a result.
I would write to Ford.
#1440 of 3012 1996 Washer motor problems
Feb 10, 2005 (4:54 pm)
I replaced the washer motor and still doesn't work.The pump is new and it works i jumped it right from the battery to check it.I checked the voltage at the connector to the washer motor and i get just about 12 volts when the washer pump is pressed on the directional signal.This is driving me crazy, any help.Thanks
#1441 of 3012 Re: 1996 Washer motor problems [doubleddaved]
Feb 10, 2005 (8:06 pm)
Verify continuity of the ground side of the connector, black wire to a known good ground.
Feb 12, 2005 (3:35 pm)
A bad ground is the most likely source of your problem. But if not you need to verify that the supply voltage is available with enough current to operate the motor. If there is a bad connection in the 12v supply the motor will not work. A voltmeter will still read the voltage as they have a high resistance and do not draw any power from the circuit. If there is a bad connection(switch,connector,wire etc....) the load of the motor can cause an open circuit. Just like a poor battery connection will run the lights but not the starter. The higher current causes the bad connection to heat up and open.
Check the voltage at the washer motor to see if you have this problem-with the motor hooked up to run.
#1443 of 3012 Help! '96 Taurus Transmission Problem...
Feb 13, 2005 (12:13 pm)
On Christmas Eve, of all days, my wife's '96 Taurus sedan (V6 w/ ~140K miles) decided moving forwards was overrated -- the transmission would engage in reverse then drop out in neutral but failed to engage again (at least with any noticeable jolt) in any forward gear (D-1). (Yes, the FIRST thing I checked was the tranny fluid -- level, color and smell seemed okay.)
I managed to get it to limp forward briefly by putting it in "D" and revving the engine a bit while pushing the car manually, before giving up and calling for a tow.
Upon arrival at the shop, the tow-truck driver lowered the car and surprise, surprise -- it went into drive and pulled forward as nice as you please! The shop (NOT a tranny specialist but owned by a friend of a friend, who had recently done a major tune-up on the car) was unable to find anything wrong after a cursory inspection and a diagnostic they had done at a another garage also turned up nothing. The car then ran fine for a while...
Well, one fine Sunday morning less than two months later, my wife tries to run an errand and wouldn't you know, the Taurus has other ideas (i.e. no forward motion)...
The car is now at a transmission shop and they're telling me that it's an internal problem and I have two choices: ~$1200 repair w/ 90-day warranty; ~$1800 rebuild w/ 1 yr. / 12K mile warranty.
Any advice or ideas you knowledgeable folks may offer (SOON) would be GREATLY appreciated!
#1444 of 3012 97 HEATER CORE
Feb 13, 2005 (8:10 pm)
After a recall in 1998 my 97 Taurus (60,000 miles) has had 4 Heater Core replacements if I take it tomorrow that will be # 5. How to we get more than 12 to 14 months out of a core? The one leaking now is only 5 to 6 months old.
#1445 of 3012 Re: 97 HEATER CORE [jhill1]
Feb 18, 2005 (3:57 pm)
Did you try different dealer? Some dealer do better job fixing things than others.
#1447 of 3012 Re: Help! '96 Taurus Transmission Problem... [626lx_4-ever] by seloo
Feb 21, 2005 (7:48 am)
Wow, I'm excited to find out that the worst problems they report are sensors and that the transmission Manual Lever Position (MLP) Sensor would cost less than $100 to repair, including labor!
Even better, the two known problems listed with the engine are also both sensors (the Delta Pressure Feedback EGR (DPFE) Sensor and the Camshaft Position Sensor) and that the labor-included repair cost should be less than $150 and less than $70, respectively.
Of course, if still under warranty or on an extended warranty, the cost would be $0.
This really is not bad, if that is the worst that can be said about these cars!
#1448 of 3012 Re: Help! '96 Taurus Transmission Problem... [626lx_4-ever] by seloo [dilbertzzz]
Feb 21, 2005 (5:25 pm)
Those MSN auto surveys are worthless. 96/97 models had major internal mechanical problems in their transmissions. Don't get your hopes up and keep the credit card handy.