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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan
#3287 of 3389 MUD PROTECTORS FOR MERCURY SABLE
Apr 19, 2006 (8:57 pm)
I recently bought a 2005 Mercury Sable and got a nasty rock chip on the center section of the back bumper of the car. I generally put mud protectors on my cars shortly after purchasing. It seemed like a strange place for a rock chip and was wondering if this car is any more prone to this kind of damage or if I just had a moment of bad luck? As other owners may know this model has what appears to be rubber side panels along the side of the car and what appear to be mud protectors in the front wheel wells.
#3288 of 3389 Re: MUD PROTECTORS FOR MERCURY SABLE [bremertong]
Apr 20, 2006 (6:41 am)
I doubt if you really got a rock chip on the center part of the rear bumper. Highly unlikely that any trajectory of a stone thrown up by either your car or someone else's car would hit there. I suggest you probably got a ding from someones front license plate bolts during a parallel parking incident.
If the Sable is like my Taurus, and I believe it is in this area, the front "mud guard" is an extension of the black plastic rocker panel cover that covers up the steel reinforcing "bar" under both front an rear doors. It seems to do an adequate job as a small mud guard.
Behind the rear wheel wells the plastic bumper cover extends all the way to the back of the wheel wells, and I mounted simple aftermarket mud guards in that location, mostly to keep the area behind clean.
#3289 of 3389 Taurus Air Bags
Apr 20, 2006 (12:22 pm)
A friend was involved in an accident they were in a 2003 taurus. it was hit from behind and pushed into another vehicle, with enough impact that the right side air bag deployed but ruptured. The drivers side air bag did not deploy at all. Any info about this would be helpful as to I have other friends that own taurus,s
#3290 of 3389 Re: MUD PROTECTORS FOR MERCURY SABLE [badgerfan]
Apr 20, 2006 (8:12 pm)
I agree that logic suggests that it is highly unlikely that I got the ding from a rock but during that period I did not parallel park anywhere. I generally park in isolated areas of parking lots to avoid that kind of damage. As you know it costs a lot to repair, the dealer ship touched it up and refused any compensation. Will probably do as you suggest and get after market mud guards. The color being silver metallic the ding still shows. I only bought the car three weeks ago so it was a small disappointment to get a ding that quickly. Thank you for the information
#3291 of 3389 Re: regarding beancounters questions [beancounter]
Apr 20, 2006 (10:40 pm)
yea you can buy a cherry bomb turbo exhaust or a cherrybomb glass pak for about 20 dollars each at pep boys i love my v6 especially since i just got the new motor and just tuned the ecu by adjusting the injectors so now it whistles it sounds like its supercharged but its not its fast as ever though on 87 octane
#3292 of 3389 Re: Brembo Brake Rotors, Yes!....Desperate Dealer [beancounter]
Apr 21, 2006 (6:41 am)
All aspects of braking performance will be immediately and greatly improved by installing Brembo brake rotors. And the Taurus needs improvement in the braking department. I consider my Taurus to be a Ford "Volvo" now that it has the superior braking performance of the Brembo brake rotors along with great crash test scores and large, comfortable seats. Bought Brembo rotors at autobarn dot com.
#3293 of 3389 Re: Taurus Air Bags [kennyw]
Apr 21, 2006 (12:45 pm)
What is your question? Why the driver's side did not deploy?
This generation Ford Taurus has a sophisticated system for sensing and deploying the air bags and I list from the advertising blurb:
Dual Stage front Airbags
Front Crash Severity Sensors
Driver's Seat Position Sensor
Safety Belt Useage Sensors
Front Safety Belt Pretensioners
Front Safety Belt Energy Management Retractors.
Altogether, it may mean that the system sensed that the passenger side required deployment and the drivers side did not.
As far as "rupturing" goes, airbags are not like a balloon. Once deployed and inflated at explosive speed, they are designed to rapidly deflate, so may look ruptured but worked just as designed.
#3294 of 3389 Re: regarding beancounters questions [racer5]
Apr 26, 2006 (11:08 am)
Adjust the injectors by tuning the ECU? Tell me more. Was that done w/ the purchase of a special chip, or something else?
Re the exhaust: Just insert a Cherry Bomb in place of the factory muffler and keep the rest of the system stock?
#3295 of 3389 AMAZED AT THE POWER IN THIS CAR - 2005 SABLE LS
Apr 26, 2006 (7:13 pm)
In the short time I have owned this car (about a month) I have been pleasantly surprised by the power it has a (V-6 Duratec. I was expecting something good but the power is almost sizzling! I bought the car with 1700 miles on it and at about half the new price. The only problem;em so far has been that the alarm system doesn't work, is due at the dealership for repair next week. The features are very good including leather seats, wood and leather steering wheel, CD changer, fog lights, and auto head lights. I bought the car partly on the basis of the owners ratings (9.2) at Edmunds.
versus the 5.5 that Edmunds gave the car. I am waiting to
to post my own evaluation until I have owned it for about three months.
#3296 of 3389 mystery of the turn signal short
Apr 28, 2006 (8:09 pm)
My '90 Taurus keeps blowing the fuse for the turn signal and the mechanic can't find the short. Here is some info:
the fuse blows only when the brakes and turn signal are on together;
the owner's manual says the brake lights and signal are on the same fuse but they don't seem to be because the brake lights work fine (the manual says it's fuse 1 but fuse 5 is the one that shorts);
the mechanic checked the bulbs and spent a couple of hours looking for the short in the steering column, with no luck.
Any ideas before I take it to the really expensive electric system specialist?