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#2208 of 3012 2003 Taurus Air Bag Light flashing code 42
Jan 16, 2006 (3:45 pm)
My 2003 Ford taurus is blinking a 4 followed by a 2 code several times than stays on. So assume it's code 42 I checked the horn and cruise and they work so I can assume the slider connection "clock spring is okay". Does anyone have an idea what is causing this fault. I don't have access to the code discription and no work has been done on the car since I got it 2 years ago "no problems untill now". Any help would be greately appreciated....
#2209 of 3012 Re: Shocks/Struts for 2002 Taurus? [badgerfan]
Jan 16, 2006 (5:02 pm)
There was some cupping on a tire and the tire shop said that is a sign one of the shocks is bad.
Car had about 40,000 miles at first sign of tire cupping and tire only had about 10,000 miles. The tire is noisy at about 40mph and there is a very slight thumping vibration felt in the steering wheel at that speed. Feels almost like driving with a small pebble stuck on the tire.
The car does not drift right or left, so it seems wheel alignment is fine.
#2210 of 3012 Re: Shocks/Struts for 2002 Taurus? [jaxs1]
Jan 16, 2006 (9:13 pm)
One thing I've learned about Fords (and really, cars in general) is that it pays to balance and rotate the tires regularly. If you've been doing that, then perhaps there is a suspension problem.
If you haven't rotated or balanced, you may have just let a small imbalance propagate to the point where it ruined the tire and may need to replace some tires. But if you have rotated and balanced, then yeah, it could be a suspension part such as a strut.
My wife's 03 Taurus has 65,000 miles on the original tires and aside from a little more road noise (which may be from the tires or perhaps the wheel bearings), they are still in amazing condition. No wobbles, no bumps, and still decent tread (5/32"). I've never seen original equipment tires last so long.
#2211 of 3012 Re: Shocks/Struts for 2002 Taurus? [doohickie]
Jan 17, 2006 (7:44 am)
The tires are balanced and rotated every 5,000 miles, so that wasn't the problem.
The factory tires were pretty evenly worn out by 30,000 miles and were too slick on wet roads, so I replaced them at that point.
#2212 of 3012 Re: Shocks/Struts for 2002 Taurus? [jaxs1]
Jan 17, 2006 (8:25 am)
Probably suspension wear then.
#2213 of 3012 Head lights on with key off
Jan 18, 2006 (1:23 pm)
I have a 1997 Taurus that has been a GREAT car until now. Now it has 149000 miles on the original motor and tranny and has an electrical issue. The car can be off and the headlights will turn on by their self. I first thought that it was a problem with the aftermarket remote start and keyless entry that I had put on the car 5 yrs. ago but now I am not sure. The only way to get the lights to go off is to disconnect the battery. I am thinking about installing a cut off switch and not spending the money to have a dealership or mechanic trouble shoot the problem. Any thoughts?
#2214 of 3012 Re: Head lights on with key off [1jeff]
Jan 18, 2006 (4:02 pm)
Just an FYI for anyone else that runs into this problem. I found out that my car was from Canada and then started looking for the daytime running light fuse and found it. Upon removal the lights went off so that is the fix for me and it was free.
Jan 19, 2006 (8:01 am)
I just changed the oil in my taurus, and notice that the fuel filter needs changed. Now the car barely starts, runs fine once it is started. But starts really sluggish. Could that be associated with the fuel filter or injector? thanks
#2216 of 3012 Re: Problems starting [optiknurve]
Jan 19, 2006 (11:14 am)
How did you "notice" that the fuel filter needs changing?
I don't quite understand your post. Did you change the fuel filter and now it barely starts? Changing the fuel filter should not affect how the car starts, assuming you put the new one in with the fuel flow direction arrow pointing the right direction and there are no leaks at the connectors.
#2217 of 3012 Heater Problems
Jan 19, 2006 (11:55 am)
I have a 1987 Ford Taurus GL 3.0 with A/C. My heater stopped working and is making an alarming clanging noise when I go over bumps or around corners. Normally, I would not care about such things, but considering that I live in Seattle where it's about forty degrees, I care quite a bit. My car generates enough heat at freeway spped to keep the windows from fogging up, but when I sit in traffic I can't avoid it. My question is this.....I can get the heater core diagonosed for about 100 bucks, which will tell me if it's the motor or relay. Or, I can buy the motor and install it myself for about 50 bucks, but it seems like a difficult process, considering I need to go in through the glovebox. Or I can take it some place to have the repairs done, but since my car is only worth about 600 bucks, is it really worth it? Has anyone had similar problems? What did you do to resolve it? Any help or advice would be great.