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#1543 of 3012 2003 Taurus mystery smell... mold?
Apr 20, 2005 (5:14 am)
Has anyone out there experienced a nauseating problem with a stench that seems to be similar to mold? I think it's fair to compare it to that Seinfeld episode where Jerry's car got a B.O. smell in it that "attached" itself to everyone and everything. This smell is absolutely horrible, and gets on everything within a short 15 minute car ride-including hair, clothing and even books. Riding in the car is not possible after 30 minutes due to dizziness and headaches. We've taken the car back to the dealership dozens of times, and (after replacing all the carpets, front seats, cleaning the air flow ducts, re-applying stripping and chemical ionizing) the company will do nothing further to find this mystery smell's cause, other than agreeing to ionize it as needed as a temporary fix.
Does anyone see a problem with this? I'm wondering if there are more people out there who have dealt with this problem before (or presently) or perhaps just have suggestions for us to try. The dealership and FORD MOTOR in Detroit (after admitting there is indeed a problem that they can't fix) refuse to let us out of the lease, and refuse to acknowledge the problem is still there when we try and seek further action.
Apr 20, 2005 (9:15 am)
Did they check the drain holes for the AC condenser?
#1545 of 3012 2001 Taurus Rear Brake Drum Removal
Apr 21, 2005 (4:21 am)
The rear drums are not coming off. I think I need to release the self-adjusters. How can I get to them?
#1546 of 3012 Re: 2001 Taurus Rear Brake Drum Removal [votbs]
Apr 21, 2005 (6:35 am)
Firstly, Is the Emergency brake released. Cause if it isn't those drums aren't coming off.
Second if the emergency brake is released, then you might need to use a hammer to tap off the drum. A few taps from the back might help. Maybe a rubber mallet might be best here.
I haven't looked at Taurus drum breaks specifically, however usually there is a thumbwheel/springlock that you can unscrew to release the pressure on drum brakes. There will be a hole to access the thumbscrew from the back of the drum assembly. Use a flat screwdriver to release the pressure through the hole.
Also, if the drum has never been removed, there is a lock-washer on on of the lugs that will have to be removed first. The washer resides on the lug between the drum and where the lug-nut went.
#1547 of 3012 Re: bad smell [Mr_Shiftright]
Apr 21, 2005 (6:41 am)
I just contacted the repairmen, and yes, they did everything they could do with the AC unit short of replacing all the components.
#1548 of 3012 Re: bad smell [weather475]
Apr 21, 2005 (6:50 am)
Usually bad AC smell (mold) comes from AC water condensation that doesn't drain away. The fix is to insure that there is proper drainage and then to spay dis-infectant all around to get rid of the mold that has grown.
The drain hole can get blocked when leaves and debris fall into the air-intake vents. Small pieces of leaves and debris then blow around and block the AC drainage.
This problem occurs in many cars and is not partial to the Taurus.
#1549 of 3012 Re: 2000 Taurus Front End Noise [bigdan1]
Apr 21, 2005 (11:07 pm)
i cant help you but i have the eaxct same problem feels like something is in the engine i cant find anywrong only when i go over rough road the ar sounds like and old car . hopefully we can get an answer. i have a 2001
#1550 of 3012 Re: 1999 Taurus Power steering problem [denon12345]
Apr 26, 2005 (6:01 am)
#817 of 1549 Power steering problem by denon12345 Mar 30, 2003 (8:00 pm)
Have a 1999 Ford Tauras, has about 62000km. The problem is when the car is shut off the power sterring fluid backup in to the container. But when the car starts up it sucks it all back through. If anyone know any idea what it could be, it would be very helpful.
denon: Two years late but I also have the same problem on the exact same car.
I had this problem with the old pump and changed the pump yesterday and the SAME thing is happening.
The car has 139k miles and the fluid smelled burnt and was low.
Still have the same whining noise also WITH THE NEW PUMP!
Did you ever find out what the problem was?
#1551 of 3012 Re: '98 ohv problems [nuwisha]
Apr 29, 2005 (2:43 pm)
I was wondering if you've found anything out, I've been having similar problems with my 1996 , I've noticed that it is linked to the car running hot, while the car is cool it runs great once it's hot...The speedomoter stops working and the engine doesn't want to respond to the accelerator. It feels like it gets stuck in gear sometimes and the power steering cuts in and out. But Like I Said only when it gets hot, when It starts acting up I turn the heat on high and it stops after a few minutes. No problems with the lights yet.. Feel free to respod to my email directly or post here, my email is jryskigmail.com thanks.
#1552 of 3012 Help with strange sound on 2001 Taurus at 50 mph
May 02, 2005 (7:29 am)
I have a 2001 Ford Taurus with 75,000 miles. The other day while accelerating to 50 MPH a strange noise sounded like it was coming from under the hood near the drivers left side. Now when I drive between 50-60 MPH the sound is there, like a whirring or loud humming sound. It's there faintly at lower speeds as well, but very noticable between 50-60 MPH. Does anyone have ideas what this sound could be? I would greatly appreciate any thoughts or comments on this problem as I don't have a clue what the problem could be.