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#2394 of 3012 MY Ford Taurus is making Jingiling sounds on acceleration
Jun 28, 2006 (5:23 am)
I have a used 1999 Ford Taurus and it has been making jingling sounds on and off when going uphill mostly and on at times driving on flat roads. I got it at 23,000 miles, now it's about 32,000 miles and it does the same thing. I didn't think much of it before, but now I am. It sounds like a rattling or jingling of bells sound when on the accelerator. I thought it might be bad gas, since my previous car was a carb , much older and did the same thing. Also, the brakes get real sqeeky after rain or snow. I got for regular maintence checks,oil changes etc. I was told to look at the jingling noise, they would have to put the car up on the ramp and can be anywhere from 10 min to an hr, to after an hr. I want to make sure I don't get ripped off. It's hard enough to find a really good mechanic.I also want to know if other Ford Taurus owners experience this? Any helpful suggestions would really help. Thank You!
#2395 of 3012 Re: MY Ford Taurus is making Jingiling sounds on acceleration [star1298]
Jun 28, 2006 (4:29 pm)
Noises are hard to describe in words - so it's kind of hard to really know what is going on.
My first guess is that your car is pinging. This is caused by carbon build-up in the cylinder head. The quick fix for that is to use a higher octane (premium) gasoline. There are also chemicals that you can buy at an auto parts store that you add to the gas or spray into the throttle body that can help remove carbon build up.
If something is loose or a bearing (water pump, alternator, smog pump etc) is failing then that could also make somewhat similar noises. For that you need a pro to diagnose what is wrong.
#2396 of 3012 My Taurus windshield wiper did not work, as well as the car stereo.
Jun 29, 2006 (11:51 am)
The windshield wiper of my 2001 Taurus did not work now, and the car stereo lost power. There is also a problem with the power window, because it worked only after 1 minute after I started the engine. There might be some switch in the electric circuit. All the fuses are good. I do not know why. Any ideas on how to fix this problem?
My car is actually out of the recall list, so I would like to fix it myself if possible.
#2397 of 3012 Re: steering ratcheting [badgerfan]
Jun 29, 2006 (5:08 pm)
I should clarify this. the steering isnt freezing up at all. Just when I turn the wheel i get like 3 or 4 soft clunks. I cant hear it outside the car only inside. I can sort of feel the vibration in the steering wheel and floorboards ever so slightly. I can sit in park and rock the wheel back and forth real quick and it will do it as well. Any Ideas?
#2398 of 3012 Looking to buy 2001 Taurus SEL - and need help
Jul 01, 2006 (8:14 pm)
I'm looking at a 2001 Taurus SEL with 99,300 miles. 2nd owner. Price is certainly very attractive, but what's the catch? It has Duratec 3.0L engine. Are 2001 SELs reliable? what items are most likely to fail soon, and what should i get checked out before buying? Thanks!
#2399 of 3012 Ford Taurus Cooling System Flush
Jul 02, 2006 (6:19 pm)
Can anybody give me some insight on how to flush the cooling system on a 1997 Ford Taurus? I can't seem to find a valve or petcock on the radiator.
Is there a flush kit that can be purchased from a car parts store?
How do I make sure I get the correct mixture of anit-freeze to water back in the system?
#2400 of 3012 Re: Transmission burping fluid on 2003 Sable [dcollier]
Jul 03, 2006 (6:41 am)
My 1998 Taurus is burping transmission fluid as well. I was told by a Ford dealership that the breather is plugged. A typical problem with this car. I purchased the two items and was told they were easy to replace. That they were on top of the trans can. Now I can't find it. The part # for the breather valve is #YF1Z-7035-AA and the rubber cap #XS4Z-7L282-AA. Anyone know exactly were this is?
#2401 of 3012 Re: stalling [coldbustacap]
Jul 03, 2006 (6:17 pm)
I had the same problem with the heat that you described on a '93 Taurus and it turned out to be the fuel pump. A local Ford dealer replaced it for ~$400.00. I waited too long and had to have it towed in. Good luck.
#2402 of 3012 stalling and idling
Jul 04, 2006 (9:40 am)
I got a 2002 Sable with a V6 3.0 L engine. Sometime When I am at a light the car will idle rough which causes the RPM and the Speedometer to rise and it will stall. I can crank it back up fine. Sometimes when I am at at light or driving the engine will cut off and start back up (only while driving). I went to the dealership I got it from and they ran my computer but no codes where stored. what is the problem.
#2403 of 3012 Re: Ford Taurus Cooling System Flush [steave]
Jul 04, 2006 (9:11 pm)
I just flushed my 98 taurus the other day. It was tricky at first to find the valve on the radiator. To acess it, I had to take off a piece of protective panel from underneath the car. there is 3 bolts in the middle of the pannel, and 9 bolts attached the outer parts of the pannel. Once this pannel is off it should be pretty clear where the valve is, it is white but may be covered in black grease and such. It is on the drivers side of the car. Once you open it it will take awhile to drain all the coolant out of the radiator. Then there is also 2 hex head plugs in the engine block that you take out and let the coolant drain, then leave them open and and flush it with your garden hose through the overflow tank. Also before you open the drains take the cap off the overflow tank. Then close up the drains and fill with you mixture. As for the mixture most people use a 50:50 mix. I myself used a mixture of 66% Anti Freeze and 33% Water. There should be mixing ideas on the bottle that will tell you the benefits of each mix %.