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#1980 of 3014 Intermittent hot no start problem
Sep 24, 2005 (2:11 am)
My car is
1999 Ford Taurus Station Wagon
24 ohv 3.0 liter engine, 72,000 miles floor mounted automatic transmission shift
Problem: on an intermittent basis, after driving the car, making a stop or two doing errands before getting home for the day, I get in the car and the starter motor turns the engine over but the engine will not start. This has always happened in warm to hot weather. After sitting for about 30 to ninety minutes the engine starts. I know that it is not the barometric module because the gas mileage is normal (almost 20 miles/gal) . I have had the barometric module fail twice prior to the failure of the barometric module the gas mileage falls to 10 miles/gal or less. I checked the emergency fuel switch no problem, Any ideas?
Sep 24, 2005 (3:05 am)
98 ford tuarus with no heat but has A/C and cool air from vent. Car has a new Rad and the cooliant level is good. Changed the thermostat still no warm air. Any ideas ?
#1982 of 3014 Re: NO HEAT [alexmatt]
Sep 24, 2005 (4:07 am)
3 possible problems.
96 thru 99 models.
Thermostat required has a small ball bearing which is a bleed valve that must be positioned at the top of the thermostat. If the system does not bleed the air out it will trap air and not allow coolant flow. My mechanic did not even put the right stat in.
(2) Back flush the heater core and see what comes out ( common problem )
(3) Water pump fins can actually be corroded to the point of nonexistence and the engine wont overheat but you wont have enough flow to have heat inside vehicle.
#1983 of 3014 Re: NO HEAT [rlenz2711]
Sep 24, 2005 (5:25 am)
how do you back flush the heater core. Also I have heard that it could be the damper motor ?
#1984 of 3014 Re: 3.8 litre engine on 1995 Taurus [bls2753]
Sep 24, 2005 (8:57 am)
About 4 months ago I bought a 1990 Sable wagon with the 3.8L V6, had about 123,000 miles on it, never any head gasket issues that the owner knew of, but now it is sitting in my backyard with a blown head gasket. I have yet to price out the repairs, but generally assume the estimates in the range of $500-1,000 minimum sounds like a decent benchmark. I have read that Ford has an extended warranty for the 1994 and 1995 engines for 7 years or 100,000 miles, so you should be safe for awhile with that 95, even if the head gasket does blow in the near future.
#1985 of 3014 re 1996 mercury sable speedometer and transmission slipping from 1st -2nd
Sep 24, 2005 (11:57 am)
speedometer erratic between 0-40 and transmission slips between 1st and 2nd gear and then will run fine. Sometime speedometer stays at 0 then when is starts working car car runs fine after that. Transmission fluid is clean and full. The problem starts when car has been driven a long time. Help do I need a new transmission. Had a diagnostic test done and the camshaft sensor and the o2 sensor came up. Have been told speed control sensor does this have any affect on the transmission slipping or just the speedometer
#1986 of 3014 Freeze Plug???
Sep 24, 2005 (6:02 pm)
97 Ford Taurus, Vulcan Engine. The idler pulley and belt broke this week, repaired for $250 bucks on Tuesday. Now I have coolant leaking out of the engine, is this the freeze plug where the coolant is streaming out?
This is not good."
#1987 of 3014 Re: NO HEAT [alexmatt]
Sep 25, 2005 (5:32 am)
A quick way to check the heater core is bring the engine up to running temp and check how hot the to heater core hoses are. they should both be hot. If one is cooler than the other suspect the core is plugged.
Locate the 2 heater hoses going into the firewall ( about 3/4" hoses).
You can find an adaptor to connect the hose to hose connection or you can duct tape the together.
remove from the intake or any convenient place.
Attach a garden hose to one end and run water thru the core.
run water thru for about 1/2 hour
It helps to catch the water coming out of the other hose in a bucket to see what comes out.
When you flush in the normal direction of flow probably not much sedimate will come out but when you flush the system thru the other hose it will dislodge and show up in the bucket.
I had to back flush one of my sables 3 times over a two week period to correct this problem.
In reference to the damper doors its possible but if your defrosters/dash vents/ and floor vents change with the switch control not very likely.
#1988 of 3014 2002 Taurus SEL Climate Control Fan
Sep 26, 2005 (12:20 pm)
Over the last 2 months, the climate control fan has become intermittent. Many days it does not come on at all; other days it works fine (all speeds, auto or manual). I have checked the fuse and relay - both are ok. Where to look next?
#1989 of 3014 Help with 2003 Taurus charging system
Sep 27, 2005 (4:45 am)
Battery acted like it had a cell going bad. Would not start right after being driven, but would start after it cooled down for an hour or two. Acts like a dead battery, as it won't begin to turn the starter. I had the battery and alternator tested and both passed load testing. I went ahead and replaced the battery a month ago. Now have the same symptoms again. Ground is good, and cables don't appear to be corroded. Any suggestions?