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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan, Wagon
#1511 of 3012 Re: 99 HEATER CORE [wijoco]
Apr 05, 2005 (12:07 am)
I have a 1999 Ford Taurus Wagon that we have been having major heater core problems with as well. We had actually bought the car used from a Toyata dealer in New Orleans back in 2002. Since then we have had to replace the heater core 6/30/03, 5/26/04, and 9/1/04. Yes the coolant is turning brown, so I'm guess that the some sort of corrosion is getting into the coolant causing this problem. I can't say for certain that the heater core is going out again, but I am starting to smell that sickly sweet, anti-freeze smell coming through the vents. So I'm pretty sure that another core is in our near future.
My father-in-law works at a Ford dealership (unfortunately he is over 3 hours away), and told us before our last problem that there was a T-strap that had to be installed in order to prevent the heater core from going out. The dealership here said that did that on the last two cores. Looking back through our paperwork it doesn't mention anything about it. I wonder if they are actually doing it. They also tested the system for electrolysis and only read .080 volts.
I have noticed from reading this board that several people have commented about heater core problems on the 1996 and 1997 models, but is their also known issues with the 1999 model as well?
I'm seriously considering taking it to another dealer, but would prefer for this dealer to actually fix this problem if I can get them to do it for free, since they haven't actually fixed the problem I paid them to fix back in 2003.
#1512 of 3012 alert bell in sable
Apr 05, 2005 (9:26 am)
I've got a 2002 Mercury sable that an alarm bell rings for a couple of minutes after you start the car. I checked the seat belts and doors when this happens and it doesn't make a difference. It also does it when I drive down the road sometimes. It rings 5 times in succession . This goes on for about a minute or two then stops. any suggestions ???
#1513 of 3012 Re: 99 HEATER CORE [mbrittb]
Apr 05, 2005 (2:14 pm)
You need to really pick your dealer's brain and find out why they haven't done the coolant hose re-route kit (it was a popular TSB and should be well-known for the brown coolant problem) and the ground strap. I never fully understood the principle of the kit and I don't know the TSB number, but I hear it worked. Common problem on 96-99 Vulcan taurus engines. If they just look dumb, YES go to a dealer who is qualified. Hopefully they are flushing the coolant each time? That certainly will help. Do a google search for "brown coolant" vulcan to learn more or better yet pay $25 for an Alldata subscription and you can read all the TSBs for your vehicle.
#1514 of 3012 Re: alert bell in sable [sro]
Apr 05, 2005 (2:15 pm)
Do the interior lights come on with the chime?
#1515 of 3012 Re: alert bell in sable [wijoco]
Apr 06, 2005 (7:44 am)
No, there is no other indicators at all. It's a softer sound than the one that rings for the seat belt.
#1516 of 3012 Re: alert bell in sable [sro]
Apr 06, 2005 (12:15 pm)
This is just a guess, but if I remember correctly, there is a chime that also goes off when you leave your headlights on and shut the engine off and then open your driver side door. Could it be some sort of malfunction in this chime circuit that is going off on you?
Otherwise, I suppose it just could be a short on some component on wherever one of the chime circuit boards is and you are getting occasional intermittent unintended 12V power applied to the chime.
#1517 of 3012 Re: alert bell in sable [badgerfan]
Apr 07, 2005 (6:38 am)
Thanks, I'll give it a look. At least I have someplace to start.
#1518 of 3012 Re: Chirpin' [wijoco]
Apr 08, 2005 (10:43 am)
"Other possibility based on the noise you describe is a cam sensor failing"
Why would a failed sensor cause noise. Does the cam sensor have moving parts.
#1519 of 3012 Re: Chirpin' [cruzer1]
Apr 09, 2005 (1:14 am)
Could have 2 separate problems. For the noise concern, try removing the serpentine belt then starting it. If the noise is gone, take a hard look at all belt driven accessories, especially the idler pulley. Rotate slowly by hand, feeling for any bind or rough spots.
#1520 of 3012 Re: alert bell in sable [sro]
Apr 09, 2005 (6:59 pm)
Sound like a seatbelt minder for me. If you're not wearing seatbelt, the belt minder will come on every 5 or ten minutes. This feature drive the driver nut if he/she (only the driver) does not wear seatbelt.