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#297 of 3006 1997 Taurus with suspension problems and door sensors going bad
Mar 19, 2001 (1:39 pm)
Our worst nightmare was the service dept in the same town we bought this 97 taurus, our problems began in 98 when you could hear the sound of a ball dropping coming out of the right front of the car.
I was taking this car to the dealer that I bought it from in 1998 and 1999 complaining of the sound>
But each time the car went in, it came out with more problems, When I would take it back into them, they just started to tell me they could not hear the sounds that was coming from the front end.
To make this one short; In 1999 I started a dispute settlement with FORD, but in the mean time of waiting for that to take progress, I drove the taurus to another dealer.
This Dealer not only heard what I was hearing, but had the car for about 2 weeks repairing the damage caused by the neglect of the other dealers mechanic's.
Some parts in the front end was loose, I had loose bolts, There is one part, I cant remember the name of it, but it was about to fall off my car.
this is a list of things done at this time of 2 wk repair. (from what I remember) rack n pinion, oil pan gasket seal, (something I remember last part of the word being a chain), motor mounts seperated, struts, and the freaken door sensors.
Most of the front end was in bad bad shape, so bad that my front tires tread was completely worn off (even wear).
My and the dealer conclusion to this, was that either the mechanics was not experienced or it was completely intentional. But I was given the free prem care extended warranty from the dispute settlement, But know its 2001 and that dam car still knows the ford shop better then my own drive way. seau90hotmail.com
Mar 19, 2001 (1:51 pm)
Not only my bad experience with the SHOP, but them freaking DOOR SENSORS are a pain.
I am constantly having them replaced, not only that but I also had my starter/sealinoid go bad on me. But my front end problems we had still make me mad that FORD would allow a DEALER to do that, and let them go un punished for it.
This happened in Oklahoma, there is no lemmon law there. My advice buy some where else.
Mar 21, 2001 (8:25 am)
Does anyone have any problems with their alignments on their 96 through 99 model taurus's?
Mar 21, 2001 (8:59 am)
One thing I have learned through my mess with my taurus, that if you are respectful when telling them your problem, they really help. In my case Ford Motor Co helped me. Most of my bad luck was the Dealer that had been repairing my car. It was not Ford's fault, but Ford did work out the problem with us, and paid for the car to be taken to another dealer, where Ford Motor Co, and that dealer treated me like a QUEEN.
Sometimes you have to take it out of the hands of the dealer, and go directly to FORD themselfs. Unforunately there aren't to many good dealers out there, but I know I found a bad one in Oklahoma.
My situation I took it directly out of the hands of the Bad Dealer and when to FORD on my problem. As it turned out, either this bad dealers mechanics was un experienced or it was simply intentional. My case in OKlahoma left me where there was no Lemmon law to protect us consumers from dealers like the one I encountered.
#301 of 3006 97 Taurus Engine knocks, tranny problems, etc...
Mar 21, 2001 (11:55 am)
I've bought my 97 taurus in 98 and ever since its been down hill.. I had the engine knock for some time its been back to the dealer at least 7 times for that problem. your not to use anything higher than 87 octane in that car... so I've been told other wise you'll load the engine up with carbon and make it worst. This is my 4th ford I've owned and my last. tranny has been replaced only 30k miles, and the new one already slips. wheel bearings, door sensors, on and on. ford kiss my ass. job quality one...
Mar 21, 2001 (4:44 pm)
Just out of curiosity, did your Taurus slip between 1st and 2nd gear, and only when the engine was cold. That is what my '97 GL did, but it was getting worse, so I'm sure eventually it would have slipped all the time between 1st and 2nd. I'm hoping that this proves to be a defect with the car that will be covered under a warranty someday like the head gaskets. I'd love to get some of my money back. For some reason, Ford doesn't like to take responsibility until several years and several lawsuits after the problem.
#303 of 3006 Replace Fuel Filter on a 99 Taurus
Mar 23, 2001 (1:25 pm)
I suspect I need to replace the fuel filter on my 99 Taurus. Where is it exactly on the car? Also might this be the reason for my Service Engine Soon indicator light to light up on the dash?
#304 of 3006 96 Taurus Popping Noises
Mar 23, 2001 (9:04 pm)
I can relate to "Scrap" regarding the popping noise in the suspension. Mine sounds like it is on the drivers side. I have taken the wheel off and checked the brakes, steering and stablizer bars and everything feels tight. Popping noise seems more noticeable when the engine/suspension is warm. My steering growls at the same time. I have replaced the steering pump to no avail. I am very suspicious of the rack & pinion for both noises! Anybody have input on this one???
#305 of 3006 ABS Brake Light on 97 Taurus LX
Mar 25, 2001 (12:29 pm)
ABS Light came on several months ago, intermittently. Had it checked. Replaced sensor. Problem continued. ABS brakes are OK according to the dealer, but they cannot determine the cause if it's not the sensor. The light doesn't come on every day, so they advise us to bring the car in when it is on. Any ideas about this problem?
#306 of 3006 97Taurus TRANSMISSION FAILURE........
Mar 25, 2001 (3:39 pm)
Purchased this Taurus used...was pleased with service from car and dealer.....UNTIL....started noticing a "clunk" during accelleration and during "cruising" along....took in for maint.check (even used AAA service to initially do a check program...) Was told, the "clunk" was "just" they way Fords operated...nothing to worry about (which is easy as long as THEY are not the ones negotiating traffic in this machine!!!) Serious indications surfaced...as driving on freeway (LA 5pm Traffic)...heard loud CLUNK....spedometer went whacko, stopped functioning after bouncing a bit, drag in brief freeway accelleration but then into bumper to bumper , car remained mobile. (was on way to LA Staples for Kids concert...so HAD prescious cargo....)Return from concert...noticed FAILED acceleration onto freeway....but did finally reach speed and got home....Next am, seemingly NO problem....drove car thru the week, came time for weekend trip down coast for another "kid-cargo event...) noticed drag again upon entering freeway, clunk, then again no spedometer....got off freeway...in coastal area, hilly/curvey...but able to proceed at lower speed...additional clunks/felt "slippage" as if transmission unable to shift, lost STEERING at one point, managed to get to parking lot area. Car sat for two hours, gave "basic" check---no fluid leaks/etc....on return, kept to surface streets, again clunks and "slippage" ; once home, had other family members check-out....drove, but no clunks/etc. occurred even at vary-speeds. (car had sat briefly). Used around for short errands ,(was unable to make dealer maint. appointment). No problem detected. On same route this weekend--MAJOR problems. The loss of acceleration--had "floored" gas pedal--engine raced, but did NOT move vehicle....spedometer on and off, transmission DEFINITELY slipping and NOT engaging and stopping engagement when/during movement....THIS IS DANGEROUS in any traffic---the loss of control/in midstream especially hazardous.....would like info if others have had similar difficultites with this Taurus transmission.