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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan, Wagon
#1805 of 2996 Taurus Plug Change
Jul 24, 2005 (7:44 am)
Just spent the entire weekend trying to replace the 3 rear spark plugs on my 2000 Taurus. Finally gave up deciding this was an impossible task. I tried every possible way to get to these plugs. I tried to reach them from the top and bottom of vehicle. I tried to move the engine forward as i was instructed by the auto parts store where i bought the plugs, still no luck. The engineer who designed this engine should have his degree revoked and be sent to a gulog in SIBERIA!!! I am sure that if Henry Ford were alive today he would kick these engineers tails to the ends of the earth!!! I am sure that this design is on purpose so that you have to go to the dealer to get this work done. What a RIP-OFF!!!!! I even searched the computer forums for instructions and only came away with over 60 articles on why you should not buy a Taurus because of the spark plug replacement problems. I guess i should have researched all this before i purchased a Taurus!!! OH WELL, LESSON LEARNED!!! No more FORDS for me!!!
#1806 of 2996 Re: 2001 Taurus Rear Brake Drum Removal [votbs]
Jul 24, 2005 (7:45 am)
How did your brake job ever turn out?
My 1997 has the access port right behind the read strut. I spent hours trying to back off the adjuster with no success.
Here's what worked for me (you may not want to try this at home). Get a dremel with a cut off wheel. Make your own port on the out side of the drum. The steel is very thin. Then I could look right at the adjuster and turn it with my fingers. This is only effective if you plan on replacing the drum alreay.
#1807 of 2996 Re: 2000 Taurus, blown engine [lilsuzy]
Jul 24, 2005 (12:36 pm)
I feel your pain. sorry. First, you should have asked for a printout of every diagnosis that they put it through. Ask before dropping the car off if the printer is working and let them know the printout is part of what you are paying for in the diagnosis. That machine, I'm told has a live hook up to Ford where they maintain databases. How much info is exchanged in the hook-up, I don't know. Do you know the codes for every time you took it in? Better still if you had had it scanned elsewhere for those codes prior to taking it in. Everytime the light comes on it should set a code and a snapshot of all parameters should be in the computer. It is retained for a length of time. It is quite possible there should have been some indication of the impending damage. But then sometimes things just happen. I usually find much more often that they are the result of someones bad work.
#1808 of 2996 Re: A/C compressor not engaging --97 Sable [e_net_rider]
Jul 24, 2005 (12:50 pm)
Wife is temporarily happy. I'm not. Idiot who hooked up guages and announced system had too much freon undoubtably didn't flush lines. Had 110# w/o system running on 90 degree day. Since it isn't cooling quite as well as before, I believe he introduced air into the system via unpurged guage set. He needs to go back to school. When I asked him how much he let out he said not much, only about 5#. And that it isn't critical. He does it all the time. Extra oil won't hurt. HELLO! Too much and blow the compressor. Oil doesn't compress. And their probably isn't a system out there anymore that takes 5# except a bus. I recently looked at reports about recycled freon. They were alarmed at the amount of contamination they were getting at the site. Cross contamination of different freons mixed and a very large percentage with air mixed in the freon. To degrade your system as much as 10% it only takes a few parts per million of air. In other words that prior to the hot season check up where they introduce the air might be fine then, but it gets you back when it is really hot. Maybe they need to add $10K fines and jail time for such work.
Your cars number one enemy is the mechanic. And near the top of the list is the tire changer.
#1809 of 2996 99 sable o/d light
Jul 26, 2005 (2:22 pm)
1st thanks to nv banker on the plugged radiator deal. 99 sable 117k 24valve w/ od button on shifter. Rebuilt tranny 1 year ago. Sometimes at 60 or higher o/d light flashes causing the check engine light. ran codes and it said bad torque converter lock-up switch. had dealer buy the part. My first question is would this make the car shift hard from 1st to second sometimes( doesn't do it all the time ) and is this causing the jerky shift from 3rd to fourth. Also how hard is this to do myself or my dad said I can drive it 2 hours away and his tranny buddy will install for $35. Could something else be wrong. any help appreciated. It is still a nice car and after 8 tauruses and sables this is the first one I have had to touch. Guess I have had all the rare good ones ">
#1810 of 2996 Re: 94 Taurus engine shuts down in warm weather [cstahl1]
Jul 26, 2005 (3:22 pm)
I have the exact same symptons, and I am working down the list of possibles. So far the distributor and cap and air charges sensor have been replaced. The Throttle Position Sensor checked out as OK, and I have used a bottle of dry gas and fuel cleaner in 2 succesive tanks. Still no joy. Anyone been down this road with the 3.8?
#1811 of 2996 99 Taurus -- front end noise won't go away
Jul 26, 2005 (6:21 pm)
I have a 99 Taurus with 97K miles. Generally, good car but the last few years have been replacing major things. Now, getting a rhythmic noise on the front end that sounds like the tires -- faster and higher pitch the faster you go. I have had a mechanic look at it -- says nothing mechanically wrong. I have rotated and balanced tires and now put new tires on the front. Any ideas why I am still getting this noise?
#1812 of 2996 Re: 94 Taurus engine shuts down in warm weather [ram2442]
Jul 26, 2005 (6:32 pm)
Here is the original post:
I have a 94 Taurus and am having significant problems. I should have learned with my 89 Taurus, which had many problems also.
Besides many small things we've had done on the car I have replaced the air conditioning, just replaced the radiator and now my most immediate problem is starting last summer my car would shut down in warm weather (humid, 80 degrees or above after driving for about 1.5 to 2 hours.
Once the car cools down and the weather does slightly the car will work again. Of course I have had this into several dealerships with no resolve.
I have suggested the head gasket (because of the recent recall) but they have insisted that this is not the problem.
My engine light goes on when this happens but leaves no codes in the computer. Of course because this is intermittent they can not give me any answer except, they can start replacing parts and wait to see if I know longer have the problem, which would be very expensive.
I no longer consider this car reliable and we are looking to get a Toyota Sienna, but plan on still keeping the car for around town driving as I know we will not get much for it.
Does anyone out there have this or have had this problem with their Taurus. I would love some feedback. Thanks
#1813 of 2996 no start 2003 sable help
Jul 26, 2005 (6:33 pm)
: :confuse my 2003 sable after running out of gas for the 50th time will not start. changed the fuel filter , fuel pump relay , checked all the fuses and the inertia switch please tell me there might be something else besides the fuel pump that might be in neeed of repair. car has spark and will run for a few seconds w/ starting fluid in the intake.i no longer hear the whirring of the fuel pump from under the backseat but there is a whirring sound from under the hood when the ignition is turned on . help me please a new fuel pump costs $427.00 from ford and no local autopart stores sell them here in town.
#1814 of 2996 Re: 89 Mercury Sable Wagon Transmission [p0zburn]
Jul 26, 2005 (7:28 pm)