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#1864 of 3012 Percolating 1997 Taurus
Aug 15, 2005 (5:15 pm)
I have a 1997 Ford Taurus GL. It has some serious cooling issues.
One mechanic said it was a blown gasket. I hope not. We are serioulsy flushing the radiator, which is still showing a lot of rust. Just wondering what others have experienced with a bubbling Taurus. Tips sugguested?
The car bubbles easily and it appears the engine is hot. Yet the temp. guage does not read hot. We have put in three thermostats this week, so don' tthink that's the problem.
I'm in the the flushing stage for a few more days. Next step would be new radiator, and then blown gasket.
I've heard of freeze plugs, a bypass kit, heater core hoses, etc.
#1865 of 3012 Re: Percolating 1997 Taurus [lowe]
Aug 16, 2005 (7:35 am)
here is the answer: message 1862
My car is nor reading 'hot' either, but when you shut it down and turn on again - the reading goes up rapidly to the top. The reason is that your engine is not cooled properly or you temperature sensor is broken. You can find this sensor and replace it easily, it is on the right side of the engine, ~2 inch higher than transmission upper surface. It is plugged into the cooling hose.
If it works properly than your problem is that the fluid is not cooling it enough. I am not sure if this is the case, but it may be so that you have some stuff blocking access to part of the engine and while the other part is not that hot and you reading is good, the overall temperature is high. That is just a guess hovewer.
#1866 of 3012 Brakes (2001 Sable)
Aug 16, 2005 (9:15 am)
My Brakes are making a little bit of a grinding noise. I am sure it is not the brakes but think it might be the brake booster. Does this sound right or could it be something else? And is this something I need to act on right away?
#1867 of 3012 Re: Percolating 1997 Taurus [rabodzey]
Aug 16, 2005 (1:55 pm)
Thanks for the response.
I think the sensor is working, because I did overheat last week, and the thermostat does open.
I think you are right about the blockage. Question is is where is it?
I'm also having to add too much water. Don't know if it's circulating or where it is going. Some seeps out of the reservoir, but not as much as I've added.
#1868 of 3012 Re: Percolating 1997 Taurus [lowe]
Aug 17, 2005 (4:49 am)
Well, hard to tell...I haven't seen your car.
I had loss of water and mechanic said it's ~350-400 to fix the leaks.
What I did was to look carefully and track the leakeges down.
I had two leakages on the upper part of the engine (under the manifold) and one-two
on the lower surface. I opened the manifold and there is a metal tube there that had a hole in it.
Thus the fluid leaked and pressure dropped and coolant could not circulate.
I did not have time to go to Ford Dealer to replace it and just hooked the hoose from AutoZone (3$)
over the manifold and it works so far
Other source - look at water pump region - you may have weak gasket there and it coolant can leak. Water pump is relatively easy to replace (20$).
If it's a blockage I would suggest going to self car wash , unplugging your coolant hoose from the reservoir and inserting it into the car washer. It has pretty good pressure and will flush your system from whatever you have After that add new coolant.
#1870 of 3012 00 Taurus fuse blows, windows, int lite, batt saver
Aug 17, 2005 (2:40 pm)
Here's the story: First off, not my car. My friend backed up with her driver-side door open and didn't see the pole that bent her door ALL the way open. Her friend who works at a body shop replaced the door as a side job. He did an excellent job getting it aligned. When she picked up her car the window was up. As soon as she opened it, it went all the way down and stayed down. The guy can't fix it. She took it to a Ford dealer for a problem with the starter (frayed wire was replaced) and mentioned the window. But she didn't tell them she had just replaced the door because of something about the warranty. They spent an hour on it, then she ran out of money. On her invoice it says the fuse that keeps blowing is the one that supplies power to circuit 523 (going from memory, but I think thats it), the interior light and the battery saver. They replaced the fuse with a circuit breaker and that keeps popping. That's as far as they got. They don't know the door's been replaced so it seems to me the logical place to start is there. There must be a wire or something shorted straight to ground for the CB to pop like that. Should I remove the door panel and inspect all the wiring? What is that black cylinder shaped device located by the door hinges that you see when you open the driver door? There isn't one on the passenger door. When you replace a door does that device go with the door or stay attached to the car?
Sorry about the lengthy message. This is only my 2nd post so I'm not sure how much to explain. If it's too much info I apologize.
#1871 of 3012 Signal light switch
Aug 17, 2005 (4:54 pm)
Could someone tell me how difficult it is to
replace the signal light switch on a 1993 Sable?
#1872 of 3012 96 Taurus Not Shifting
Aug 17, 2005 (5:24 pm)
Drove the car over 200 miles yesterday. Went to move it within 5 minutes after having parked it at home and car wouldn't shift. Steering wheel mounted shifter is as smooth as butter when going from P to R, N. D and the rest, and doesn't get into gear. Had rebuilt transmission put in close to 2 years ago and never even had a hint of any gear problems since then. Did have a brake light switch problem a few months back where shifter would stay locked in Park but no problems with that since it was fixed. Since I haven't had any trasnmission related issues since I had it replaced, I don't suspect that it could be the trasmission again, but again, what do I know? Turning to the experts and other Taurus owners that might've encountered this problem for advise. Car is solid with 170k miles on it and drives even better than some of the new cars I rent when traveling. Thanks in advance.
Aug 18, 2005 (9:12 pm)
96 Taurus. Only drivers side window will operate. Other 3 will not operate individually or from drivers control panel. Windows are NOT set to lock. Would this be a fuse? Relay? Motor? Or possibly something in the drivers side multi-window control panel? Car had not operated for about a year. Not sure if it was an existing problem. Car was inherited with this. Any thoughts would be helpful. Especially if I can avoid putting it in the shop by fixing it myself.