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Ford Taurus, Electrical, Sedan
#24 of 43 reply homgregrande10
Apr 09, 2002 (4:55 pm)
I drove a Hertz Taurus around for about 10 miles with the parking brake on and that's what it smelled like.
#25 of 43 Engine Problem....Help!
Apr 15, 2002 (1:00 pm)
I bought an 87 Taurus 3.0 with 66K about 2 months ago. When I drove the car before I got it I never noticed any noise. (Of course) Lately once the car is warmed up I notice a knocking noise. I don't notice it during cold starts or while I'm driving. Also If I rev the car up the noise goes away. I thought a heat shield came lose on the cat, or I had an exhaust leak. I took it to the garage this morning and they said the exhaust was fine. They thought the noise was coming from around the oil pan. He said I had a lose engine? His exact words were "Ford's 3.0 are notorious for this." He asked what oil I was using, and I use Mobil 1 5W30. He suggested I use regular oil 10W40. Any help or ideas would be apriciated!
#26 of 43 1999 Taurus Electrical Problem
Apr 16, 2002 (7:21 pm)
My 1999 Taurus SE, 24V engine has 50,000 miles. Recently, strange things have happened with the dome light and power windows working sporatically. Yesterday my wife was stranded as the car wouldn't start. We had the car jump-started and took it home. While idiling, it died. Each time we tried to start it again, the wipers and other electrical components turn on and off. The trunk lid button, when pushed, seemed to turn the dome light on and off.
The car has been a pain in the "*!#". In addition to this problem, the rotors have warped several times and a grinding noise occurs immediately after start-up when the temp is below freezing. The dealer was no help in fixing this starter problem. We've just accepted it.
I'm terrifed how much the electric is going to cost. Has anyone had similar electrical issues?
#27 of 43 Check Engine Light
Apr 26, 2002 (2:41 am)
My '97 Taurus GL had the check engine light on 4 months ago. Took to Monahan Ford dealer in Queens spent close to $2000 to fix it. Well 4 months and 6K miles later, the light is on again. The same dealer wanted another $450 even though the first repair indicates 1year/12K warranty. I am not trusting Monahan any more. Does anyone experience similar problem? How do you fix it?
#28 of 43 re: "check engine light" - I had the same
Apr 26, 2002 (2:24 pm)
problem and heard "click and clack" from Car Talk mention it once. Apparently, it can be caused by filling the gas tank up to the top. I just live with mine - it's just a little annoying!
#29 of 43 3.8L Head gasket problems
Apr 28, 2002 (11:25 am)
Has anyone heard of a chronic problem with the head gaskets on the 3.8 L engine. I have 93 with 57,000 and no problems (yet).
#30 of 43 3.8 head gaskets
Apr 28, 2002 (4:28 pm)
Yea, this seems to have been kicked around quite a bit in the minivan/windstar topic.
May 01, 2002 (3:41 pm)
Someone told me they heard on the news that Ford was extending warranty on mid-90's vehicles to 7 yrs /100,000 miles. Anyone hear anything about that?
#32 of 43 1997 Taurus LX - What is up?
May 11, 2002 (2:52 pm)
My grandmother has a 97 Taurus LX, and it is starting to fall apart. First let me state that it was bought at two years old with low miles by a +70 year old grandmother, who is a light driver (to church, bank and grocery store, and that's it). The front cup holder came apart within the first two months. Also, the power windows on both sides in the back have stopped working, and the ones in the front make awful noises. Most recently, the wiring the in driver's door got screwed up, causing the factory alarm to continuously go off at all hours. (Grandma got two calls from others in her retirement center before she could run and disarm it at 2:30 AM). Is this normal for a Ford?
May 11, 2002 (3:17 pm)
Re the rear power windows, check for damaged wiring at the master switch. If the switch is in the driver's door, check for a broken wire inside the conduit between the door and the cowl.