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#1834 of 2996 2002 Ford Taurus transmission mystery
Aug 03, 2005 (12:54 pm)
I have a 2002 Taurus with an automatic transmission. On numerous occasions, when I come to an abrupt stop, it slips into neutral. When that happens, it will either clunk into drive or I have to shift to neutral and then back to drive to get it to occur. I took it to the dealer who just said I needed to replace the transmission, even though they are getting NO error messages on the computer, the engine light does not come on and they didn't crack the trans to look inside. I took it to a transmission specialty shop and they are hesitant to open the trans up because they cannot get any kind of error code on the computer showing there are any problems - electronic, hydraulic or otherwise. Any thoughts on what might be wrong or how it can be effectively diagnosed without opening the thing up?
#1835 of 2996 Re: Trunk pops open [vctau]
Aug 03, 2005 (8:17 pm)
I'll have to see if I can get a chance to check the manual and fuse box tomorrow. But I'm guessing the easiest way would be to pull the fuse if they were nice enough to isolate the trunk lid remote function from the doors (probably no such luck, eh?). Otherwise, it might be easiest to reach the electrical release connection at the latch itself. Unfortunately, that would also disable the electric trunk release on the dash as well.
Now that I think more about it, maybe it would be worth asking the dealer about reprogramming the remote frequencies? They'll probably soak you for $50 to a $100 dollars, but it might be worth it to keep the remote trunk lid functionality, though it might not guarantee that the problem is solved. Wouldn't hurt to ask them, though.
#1836 of 2996 Ford 95 Taurus Fails to shift to overdrive
Aug 04, 2005 (11:23 pm)
I was having transmission problem and my mechanic overhauled the transmission. However after the costly overhaul, the car won't shift to overdrive. Replace shift solenoid (I guess there were four), TPS and another sensor hooked near the air cleaner. The car still won't shift to overdrive. Does anyone suggest what could the problem be? Thanks for anyone responding to my plea.
#1837 of 2996 Re: my window?? [ford_legend]
Aug 06, 2005 (11:44 am)
Hi, I am having the same problem--did you find a solution??? On my 97 there's a clicking sound from the fuse box area when I press the down side of the switch but nothing for up. Everything else seems to be working normally. The only thing I did to the car prior to the window not working was to replace the fuse for the cigarette lighter.
#1838 of 2996 95 Taurus SW GL Automatic 3.0L-V6 fails to start
Aug 06, 2005 (11:58 am)
Hi all...need your help in identifying a problem. My car will stall without any warning. It will start fine and drive it to work, when I return to the parking lot to go home it will not start. Something very unusual I noticed is that when I turn the ignition key into the on position I hear the cooling fan from the radiator coming on, and the fan and AC switches are in the off position inside the car. Also, I hear the gas pump continuesly running while on contact. If I try it to crank it the engine will turn but will not start. I also notice that the check engine light will not go off.
Here is what I have done so far. When i disconnect the battery and let it sit for a while the car's engine will start. The radiator fan will not come on and the gas pump will energized for about 20 sec and stops. The car runs fine like I said before, but then stalls...I did a complete tune up, change the spark plugs, wires, distributor and rotor. Changed the oil and filter. Checked for leaks on hoses and all seems to be fine. I checked the EEC for error codes, I do not get any. I also tried a control module but no change. Any suggestions or ideas to help me with my commuter car is appreciated
#1839 of 2996 Re: 95 Taurus SW GL Automatic 3.0L-V6 fails to start [tauromaquia]
Aug 06, 2005 (6:20 pm)
"change the spark plugs, wires, distributor and rotor. Changed the oil and filter."
Stop throwing parts at it. If the Check Engine light has been on there should be diagnostic trouble codes stored in the engine control computer. Get the codes retrieved (AutoZone will do it no charge) and post the codes.
#1840 of 2996 Re: 95 Taurus SW GL Automatic 3.0L-V6 fails to start [alcan]
Aug 06, 2005 (8:08 pm)
Thank you Alcan for the sugestion. You see, when I get the car to start, the engine light goes off and there is no codes to check. It only comes on when the car has not been driven for a while and only then I get the fan and the gas pump going...once the fan stops running for about 5 min. then I can start the engine...I will check again the engine control computer again to see if I get any codes...any other suggestions if codes not available?
Aug 06, 2005 (8:58 pm)
A couple of days ago, I pulled into a parking space and made a very sharp left turn. When I turned the steering wheel into the straight position after I pulled in, I noticed a noise coming from the front of the car. When I pulled out to go home, everytime I would turn the steering wheel, a whirring/groaning sound would come from the front of the car. It makes an almost imperceptible noise when going straight, but the load groan/grinding noise when I turn.
I took the car to a mechanic today, and he called to tell me that my power steering fluid looked black, and that he recommended a flush to take care of the problem. I had the flush done, and when I went to pick up the car, when I made a right hand turn out of the shopping center, I noticed that when I accelerated the engine RPMs went up to 6K, the check engine light came on, and the speedometer stopped working (went down to zero). After driving for awhile, the problem seemed to take care of itself. Then, I made another sharp turn, and the speedometer stopped, and the check engine light came on and stayed on. I took it back to the mechanic (because it was NOT doing this before I took it in), and he told me that he hooked it up to the computer and it said that there was a problem with the speed sensor. He said the weather could have caused it. (Personally, I think this is crap because after he took it back and messed with it for a little while, it ran just fine).
So, I left the shop again and everything was good. I went to make another sharp turn into a parking lot, and the noise from the engine (groaning/grinding) started again. I opened the hood, and it seemed to be coming from the area where the serpentine belt is. I just had this replaced 2 months ago, and the belt appears to be in good condition. When I turn the wheel with the engine on, it almost seems like something is rubbing one of the belts when I turn the wheel - when I was looking at the engine when I turn the wheel - it seems to vibrate a lot when the wheel is turned and it's making the groaning noise.
So... It's not the power steering fluid. What else could it be? I have put A LOT of money into this car in the past few months, and I don't need another expensive problem.
#1842 of 2996 Re: 99 taurus heater [badgerfan]
Aug 06, 2005 (10:44 pm)
heater still does not work, have not spent much time on it other than playing with switches have good coolant and good gauge readings you were talking bout electrical.. are we talking fuses? or somthing else ..i did pull the daylite driving fuse but that is all about i have ever done cept changing rotors and fluids still an old lady car 49k
#1843 of 2996 Re: my window?? [chas4273]
Aug 07, 2005 (7:57 pm)
Hi, I am having the same problem with my 98 Sable. The Clicking sound is from the relay that is located on top of the fuse box on the top left hand corner. It clicks only when I push the down position. When I want my window to come up, nothing happens and I do not here the clicking. If any one finds the solution to this problem, please e-mail me at drjose14yahoo.com thank yoiu for your time in reading this message.