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#2002 of 3012 taurus speed sensitive steering problem
Oct 02, 2005 (3:26 pm)
I have a 1995 Ford Taurus wagon, 63000mi, well maintained, 3.0 engine. It has speed sensitive steering which has been excellent driving. About 300 miles ago the steering started to react funny in a sustained turn. It was like it had excessive play in a steering rack or ball joint, requiring finess to keep a constant turn. It got somewhat worse, and now it will jerk the steering wheel back & forth when you turn either way. It even does it when the car is at a standstill. A local garage says they replaced the steering rack, but they only amplified the problem threefold. He now says he has to replace the control valve. I thought the control valve was part of the steering rack.
Does anyone have a solution to this problem or what is causing the steering to jerk back & forth when it is turned either way?capt bill2
Oct 03, 2005 (5:10 am)
Very new at this. Mom of college kid with 2001 Ford Taurus. Car in wonderful condition, low miles. Someone popped out his passenger mirror. Mirror missing and it looks like they broke one of the clips that actually held the mirror. Ford dealerships wants 250.00 to replace the entire mirror and repaint the mirror.
My question - can just the motor and mirror be replaced. Could I buy a replacement mirror on ebay about 48.00 - but the otherside is plastic - and use the inside parts to replace the motor and mirror.
If so can someone explain how to do that, so perhaps my son can replace his passenger mirror himself.
#2004 of 3012 Power window problems
Oct 03, 2005 (5:29 am)
Can anyone offer a suggestion why my front passenger side power window gets stuck in the down position. I know that the motor and switches work because when I take the motor and regulator out of the car and hook the motor to the electrical connector it runs. I had this problem several weeks ago and I replaced the motor. It work fine for a week or so and then one day the window would go down and would not go up. It makes a clicking sound when the switch is operated.
#2005 of 3012 Re: 2002 Taurus SEL Climate Control Fan [rmk1]
Oct 03, 2005 (10:05 am)
I have the same issue with my '01 SEL. On another board, I was given the suggestion that the blower motor was going. It is located under dash on passenger side. Remove plastic cover behind glove box and on the left (right if you're lying on your back), is the motor. I have pretty much confirmed that this is the problem. To replace with a new motorcraft part will cost ~$80 - $90 to buy the part, and then replace it yourself. Haven't doen it yet myself so can't help with the procedure.
#2007 of 3012 1999 Ford Taurus
Oct 04, 2005 (9:31 am)
My son recently wrecked my car and busted the lower ball joint and the control arm on the front passenger side. It seems very expensive to have repaired at the shop is this something that can be done easily or should I just go ahead and pay the money to have it done professionally?
#2008 of 3012 Re: Unwanted Acceleration [markymaypo443]
Oct 04, 2005 (3:50 pm)
Funny thing, I bought this here troubled 96 Sable used last year because I was looking to treat myself with a "reliable" car and I had fond memories of an 89 Sable that ran forever without any trouble, like the everready pink rabbit on tv!...guess when they redesigned the Sable and Taurus in 1996 they threw out all the good stuff and brought in all the troubled stuff...probably same situation with your Taurus.
#2009 of 3012 Re: My 1996 Mercury Sable cranks but won't start [cali2te]
Oct 04, 2005 (4:03 pm)
Guess what! the day after my post on this problem, it would not start, and after 3 days of just cranking and no starting, I had it towed to the Subaru dealer I bought it from (never buy a Ford product from a Subaru dealer is probably a motto worth remembering). They said they ran the diagnostics ($80) and found no trouble codes except for a "weak battery". So they gave me a real good sounding story about how it cranks because the battery has enough volts but there is no spark because the battery has no amps. So, I agreed to a new battery for which they charged $95 plus $30 for installation (just to add a little more insult) and presto, problem fixed. Only problem is that the alleged "fix" only lasted about two weeks; it would'nt start again this morning, same problem: cranks real fine, no start. This time I called AAA and a boost would not start it, so it's definitely not the battery. AAA guy says he could not hear the fuel pump come on so he thinks its fuel related. My next door neighbor's cat disagrees: he thinks its the computer module...just joking but I have so many conflicting opinions, I just dont know...had it towed again, to a diffferent mechanic this time; will hear tomorrow what they plan to do to it and how many CDs I will have to cash to pay for it....tune in for more news in a few days.
#2010 of 3012 Re: 92 Ford Taurus, HELP ME OUT [anishnabedaddy]
Oct 04, 2005 (4:15 pm)
This problem sounds familiar, although not in a Taurus. I had a Dodge van that broke a motor mount; I ignored it because the "little thud" did not bother me that much. After a while the "loose canon" that is a motor with a broken mount destroyed my CV boot on one side, that sounded like "little clunks". The oil light off and on may be related if the broken mount is the one attached to the transmission (mine was) and has damaged an oil line...turned out the motor mount replacement cost me $45; the other parts damaged by my not getting it fixed asap ran up to several hundreds of $...
#2011 of 3012 Re: Front End Thumps [mberry1]
Oct 04, 2005 (4:18 pm)
It probably means that you need a new "local mechanic".
I once had a new vehicle that "thumped a lot" up front when I first bought it. It turned out that the kid they hired to "dealer prep" their cars was having a bad day and he put 65 lbs of psi in the tires instead of 35.