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#2454 of 3006 2002 ford taurus water in trunk
Aug 31, 2006 (12:34 pm)
I noticed water in the trunk under the tire. Every time it rains, I open up the trunk see the water
and can not find out where its coming from. all the rubber looks good. I have a spoiler and thought it
may be coming in from the bolts for the spoiler,but find no evidence of water
coming in from the bolts. I was hoping someone had a similar problem and could
direct me to the cause. thanks
#2456 of 3006 Problem with 2003 Sable
Sep 03, 2006 (4:18 pm)
So, here is my problem...
Two days ago, the power steering appeared to go out, however, it would kick in as soon as I started to drive. No PS at all until I started going forward. Okay...so I take it to a repair shop. I get told it could be the rack, it could be the pump, the lines are clogged, etc.
Well, he wanted 1700 to totally replace everything....that seemed a little steep to me, so I call the brother in law...
We check it out, and notice that when the car is in idle, and we turn the wheel, the fluid gets sucked right down into the pump, the PS works fine. When we turn the car off, the fluid backflows into the resevoir, and is very foamy. If we add fluid, as we did as we thought there was not enough in it, it literally shoots out of the resevoir when we turn the car off. Not good...
Okay, so we replace the pump, the pulley, and blow out the lines. Hook everything up....same thing happened!!
So, obviously a pressure problem. Question....what is that black bulb on the line going into the rack, leading from the pump? We thought this to be a filter, or possibly a pressure valve.
Could it be the rack...the only thing we did NOT work on?
Any ideas here???
#2457 of 3006 1997 Mercury Sable
Sep 03, 2006 (10:46 pm)
I have no parking lights, no tail lights. I do have brake lights, and reverse lights. I have checked all the fuses, and all the bulbs. I have installed a new headlight switch on the dash. Can any one help me with this?
Sep 10, 2006 (8:29 pm)
Yes, my problem is NOT coolant in my oil.
I was told that my head gasket was the likely culprit. Yes at 120K miles it wasn't a bad idea, execpt there is no place where high pressure oil can leak into the coolant at the head or lower intake manifold gaskets. I know because I took them off.
The head gasket is an excellent place for coolant to leak into the cylinders or the lifter area. This would put coolant in the oil, but this is not my problem.
Since the engine is all but dismantled with the removed heads, I see that the oil pump is in the the same engine cover where the waterpump is mounted.
Does anybody have experience with removing the front engine cover on the 3.8L engine? How likely is there a high pressure oil leak within the cover unit OR at its gasket on the engine block? I can see that the waterpump has 2 ports into the engine block. Also the cover contains the oil pump so it should have high pressure oil there.
Is there any special warnings one needs to know about taking off the cover?
#2459 of 3006 Re: 1997 Mercury Sable [josie88]
Sep 11, 2006 (4:09 pm)
what I read on another site is that there is a master control switch in your steering column, and it has a bunch of contacts in it, and they can get dirt on them, via the emergency flasher. You can squirt a little
WD 40 down into the emergency flasher (on top of the steering column) and press in and out the button about 50 times. That may clear out any dust or other grime that fell in between the button and its housing, and clear up your problem.
#2460 of 3006 Re: Oil in my Coolant [94sableman]
Sep 11, 2006 (8:33 pm)
You're talking about removing the timing chain cover. It's not an easy job due to the very limited space you have to work in. The biggest thing you have to remember is that the oil pump must be removed from the cover in order to gain access to a bolt holding the cover to the block. The pump can be removed from under the car but it is somewhat difficult. It's bolted on with 6 bolts, 4 small and 2 large.
The bolts closest to the block are the hardest to reach. I used 2 long extensions with 2 swivels to get to them. I don't know if this could be the source of your leak or not but the Ford 3.8 has known problems with the timing cover gaskets leaking. When mine went it literally gushed oil all over the drive, however no leak into the cooling system.
I had a shop do the repair and the cover turned out to be warped which caused the leak. (they had to pull the engine to get it out) A new cover will run you over $200. Total cost of the repair was over $1000. Hope you can do it yourself and save some bucks.
#2461 of 3006 adding transmission fluid
Sep 13, 2006 (11:15 am)
It looks like the only place (2001 taurus) is the tube the dipstick is in. Is that right? I have a minor leak I have to get taken care of, but I need to add in the meantime.
#2462 of 3006 Re: adding transmission fluid [doyletman]
Sep 13, 2006 (1:22 pm)
Correct. It is a fairly large tube. Stick a funnel in it and you can't miss, unless you're clumsy!
Sep 13, 2006 (3:42 pm)
ignorant, but not clumsy...thanks for the verification.