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#722 of 3006 Taurus Alignment Problems
Jan 18, 2003 (9:30 pm)
Thanks for your thoughtful response. Ironically, I almost bought an Avalon instead of the Taurus wagon, after many years of resisting buying Japanese in favor of Fords (1990 SHO, 1986 F-150)! In the end, I calculated that the Taurus would be a good enough value for the money to warrant taking a chance on its presumably inferior quality, that it would be a better family car, and that I owed it to my Midwestern, UAW country roots to buy a Midwestern, UAW-produced vehicle.
Thanks for the reassurance that, despite this alignment hassle, I won't likely regret my choice in the long run!
#723 of 3006 Taurus Alignment Problems
Jan 19, 2003 (8:42 am)
Mebcaux, you might want to consider going ahead and having the work performed out of your own pocket, at least initially. Class action suits can take years, not just months, sometimes. And seeing that a set of quality new tires isn't far below $400, it would be a shame for your Taurus to shred another set while waiting for the verdict. Just save the receipts, and Ford will most likely reimburse you. Most things like these are retroactive, as long as your product falls within the defective time-of-manufacture range. Good luck!
#724 of 3006 Taurus Alignment Problems
Jan 19, 2003 (10:36 am)
Thanks for your response, with which I couldn't agree more. I'm certainly not going to risk another set of tires while I await outcome of legal proceedings. That would indeed be foolish.
Neither am I going to write this off to experience. Ford is in the wrong, and, like almost any large, publicly-held, MBA-ridden, cynically-managed American company, will only do the right thing for those in my predicament once they sense the cost of inaction will far exceed the cost of correcting the problem, e.g., Pinto fuel tank, truck primer coat "hidden recall", transmissions slipping out of Park, TFI failures, and so on, and on, and on.
#725 of 3006 antifreeze drain plug
Jan 19, 2003 (4:46 pm)
I know this is a simple question, but I cannot locate the radiator drain plug on my 1997 Mercury sable. Can anyone let me know where to look for this? I can't believe I can't find this. Thanks.
#727 of 3006 1996 Gunk In the coolent system update...
Jan 20, 2003 (9:14 am)
Boy it's cold here in Salem, Mass.
The heat is not work on my daughters
'96 Taurus. Station Wants $550 to fix.
Took it to the local service station..left it for the day. He told me the heater core was blocked heblew air through the core and it was totally cloggng. He would have to remove the whole dash to get at the heater core. nearby Volvo tech who does repairs for me from time to time told me they do not blow air...but run hot water from a hose through the two ends of the core sticking out of the fire wall. He showed them to me. I did it in my drive way yesterday. It is 10 degrees out
,,I got soaked...I was frozen...But I FIXED IT !!! The car heats up !!!!! The garden hose blew brown yeech out...flushed it out both ways on the core in and out. Feels Good....
Jan 20, 2003 (10:11 am)
Lets you know what the rest of your cooling system's like, too. Time for a flush.
#729 of 3006 behhpp
Jan 20, 2003 (10:13 am)
The side of the left (driver's side) tank, facing out toward the fender.
#730 of 3006 Reply to Cinderflea #720/#719
Jan 20, 2003 (11:41 am)
I just bought a 2000 Taurus 2 weeks ago and experienced the same shifting problem. There is a switch located on the brake pedal that signals the brake lights, cruise control, and shifting solenoid. Mine had already been repaired (poorly) by Ford and one wire was fragile and broken again. I repaired it and it all operates correctly now. The design is very weak and uses thin wire that weakens with use. I also have new front end components/alignment/balancing and the almost new tires act the same as #719.
#731 of 3006 Response to #716 "Grunting Noise" when turning
Jan 20, 2003 (12:08 pm)
I bought a 2000 Tore-Ass 2 weeks ago and had this problem as well. Well fixing the faulty brake switch, I also tracked this down. There is a rubber boot similar to a CV boot near the gas pedal. The steering shaft goes through this boot and a white "puck" like part rubs on the inside of the boot. Push the boot towards the floor, compressing it, use dielectic grease and liberally applied it to this surface eliminating the friction and the noise.