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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan, Wagon
#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?
#1990 of 3014 Re: Help with 2003 Taurus charging system [majormac2]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 27, 2005 (7:03 am)
Have someone do a starter draw test and see how many amps the starter is pulling.
#1991 of 3014 Re: Intermittent hot no start problem [wbacon]
Sep 27, 2005 (7:13 pm)
Our '99 Sable had this happen once (in severe cold). It cleared up on it's own after 25 minutes. Then a month or two later on the highway it died, refused to restart for a little while, then started, went a little further, etc. Eventually it simply wouldn't restart. The mechanic found wires in a connector in the wiring harness for the ignition had come loose. The connector isn't available separately, so they epoxied the wires back into place in the connector. 7 months since then with no problems.
The failures felt like fuel problems. While the description said "ignition system", the wires that were loose might have caused it to turn off the fuel pump.
#1992 of 3014 Re: My 1996 Mercury Sable cranks but won't start [scribe1of11]
Sep 29, 2005 (7:05 am)
I am actually going through this right now. It seems like we have the same similar problem. My car is actually getting fixed this morning as we speak. It seemed at first there was something wrong with my temperature light and I went to one mechanic that I usually don't go to and he told me it was the water pump. My regular mechanic that I usually go to came back from vacation and he told me that my battery is no good and they need to replace the fuel pump. He hasn't given me a price yet on how much this is going to all cost but, I researched how much a new fuel pump is and it's around $210.95.
My car was doing the same exact thing as your car. It just died out of now where. All the lights came on and when I went to try to turn on the car it would just crank and not turn on. I didn't see any leaks on the bottom of the car and I didn't think it was the battery. I had someone try to jump the car and that didn't even work. You should check to see how long you've had your battery and how long does it last. I waited for about 1 1/2hr - 2hr for my car to cool down and start it back up but, when I did all I heard was a click.
Hopefully, you find a good mechanic and figure out if maybe that's the problem or something else.
#1993 of 3014 2002 Taurus Starter
Sep 29, 2005 (10:47 am)
I had my starter on my 2002 Ford Taurus replaced about 6 weeks ago. Now, car is giving me the same starting problems. I am taking car back to shop tomorow. I am assuming mechanic will tell me starter is defective and will replace with a new one. However, I wonder if something else could be casuing the problem. Do you know of any history of starter problems with 2002 Taurus? I owned a 1993 Taurus (210,000 miles). I owned a 1995 Taurus (240,000) miles. I own a 2000 Taurus (150,000 miles). There are only 48,000 miles on the 2002 Taurus. I like the Taurus a lot. Outside of routine maintenance, I have nothing but good luck with all of them. This starter problem is the only odd ball problem I have had. Any help or advice is appreciated. Thanks.
#1994 of 3014 Re: Too much heat, no a/c [joetaurus]
Sep 29, 2005 (5:52 pm)
blown heater core 500bucks .mabey ez just a bad a .c. charge