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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan
Jun 08, 2005 (11:08 am)
Ok all, my 2003 Ford Taurus, is at 37,000 miles, and the ac has gone dead. At first I could work the nob, on and off a few times, then it would kick in, and work until I turned off the car. Now, no matter what, it won't come on. This happened over a 2 week period. Have any of you EVER heard of a 2 year old AC system going out on one of these things. I'm beginning to regret my purchase.... any ideas..?
#3144 of 3389 Re: AC DEAD [faseel]
Jun 08, 2005 (11:22 am)
Sounds like a simple switch or relay bad or your AC compressor clutch, if it was working only intermittently and now not at all. If it was a freon leak, it would slowly get less and less able to cool, but your problem sounds more electrical, which is probably a good thing. You need to get it in to either the dealer or I would suggest some shop that specializes in automobile AC systems. It may not be anything too expensive.
#3145 of 3389 Re: AC DEAD [badgerfan]
Jun 08, 2005 (11:34 am)
Thanks for the heads up. Yea, I was thinking it couldn't be all that serious, I have an appointment at the dealer where I purchased it, I'll let you know what they find. Thanks again. I just didn't want to go in there going Umm.. dddduuuhhh.. it be broken..
#3146 of 3389 Re: Starting Problems with 2002 Taurus [travis50]
Jun 08, 2005 (10:19 pm)
i haven't seen recent replies concerning the starting problem. around a week or two ago, my '98 sable didn't want to start?? no previous starting problems. i've checked almost every part related to the ignition system, think she's ok for the rest of evening, next day run to store- hour later won't start. kind of sounds like playing a record backwards or a movie sound fx of slo-mo. when it does start- fires right up. have you seen the movie 'Christine' by stephen king?? i've changed the battery cables (pretty well corroded, end-to-end); i've changed the crankshaft position sensor (check engine light related- possible relation in computer system- light went off -no other difference); checked all fuses, relays, diodes, and possible loose or corroded connection somewhere in ignition 'loop'; still not sure when i'll be walking or driving. battery good, altornater good. last piece i've yet to change is ignition itself- procrastination- just don't want to!! looking for feedback before i pull out my last two hairs.appriciate it.
#3147 of 3389 Re: Starting Problems with 2002 Taurus [75winks]
Jun 09, 2005 (4:39 am)
Does the engine crank over when you have the problem? If it does not even turn over, I would look at the starter itself being the problem. Starters can sometimes act intermittent when they are going out. If it cranks but does not start, then it has to be something in your ignition system or your fuel system or the electronics that control them.
Sounds like you are a do it yourselfer, but you just may have to take it in to an expert to diagnose this problem.
#3148 of 3389 Re: Starting Problems with 2002 Taurus [badgerfan]
Jun 09, 2005 (4:40 pm)
i've typed the situation so many times, i'd felt like a broken record explaining what happened; may have left out a detail or two.
when the problem happens, that's the 'slo-motion' sound i referred to. i may only get one or two revolutions (real slow), sit for a moment, turn key- nothing! no clicking, no low sounding hum, nothing. probably wiring somewhere loose, unseen without removing major components. when it doesn't give me any hassle, it turns over so smooth i almost forget that it may not start again once i get to where i'm going.
the other day at work, i was heading out to go home, won't start. we sat there for only about two or three minutes, my girlfriend says, "try again"- fired right up?? it has a mind of it's own, i swear; never encountered or heard of this before without being able to diagnose it.
#3149 of 3389 Re: Starting Problems with 2002 Taurus [75winks]
Jun 10, 2005 (4:36 am)
My guess it is the starter, since it turns over slowly or just clicks sometimes. They sometimes fail intermittently like that, though you could have some other intermittent condition in your starter wiring system. If you are handy enough it is relatively easy to change starters, and you can buy rebuilt units with exchange of the old one for a fairly low price. You won't be out a lot if you change the starter and still have the problem. Otherwise you are going to have to take it in to an expert for diagnosis and repair.
#3150 of 3389 Re: Starting Problems with 2002 Taurus [badgerfan]
Jun 10, 2005 (7:06 pm)
thanks, i'll try changing the starter. it never clicks though, just slow turn-over or fires right up. i'm not sure of the specifics on exactly what the starter solenoid and starter itself are. i get repair manuals, get lost in abbreviated names for parts and the way they give detail on numerous different years at once, toss the book, then just do what i know about servicing and repairing anything. i think about what i've experienced and encountered before, starting at one end and checking,testing, removing, isolating, changing, and/or tweaking parts and pieces along the way until it works. any other car i've owned, that method has worked fine. as i go through this car, little actions or sounds or appearance of things catch me off guard and make me try something else. got lost in the story for a moment, sorry.
#3151 of 3389 Re: Starting Problems with 2002 Taurus [75winks]
Jun 11, 2005 (8:44 pm)
took starter out, went to local auto parts store, ran it on the tester, solenoid and starter working just fine. researched further, and i believe there's one last part to check... the ignition control switch, which is conveniently located- in, behind, under, and concealed within the steering column cocoon. i was actually a little upset when i found out the starter is good; it's more expensive, but definitely less hassle than removing any interior component containing electric wiring and parts all throughout.
#3152 of 3389 Re: 1996 taurus gas smell [thejorge]
Jun 12, 2005 (5:53 pm)
Sounds like your charcoal canister is flooded.